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Monday, September 14, 2009

Product Review: A Life Well Read

Today I'm reviewing a product, not a book, but it is a product that many book lovers will, well ... love.

"A Life Well Read" is a kit designed for those of you who buy books and keep them on your shelves (unlike me who relies on the library and book swapping sites to survive!). Here's the official description, since it explains things so well:
A Life Well Read is a mobile and easy to use solution to capture and share readers’ top picks in book content and “must reads”. Book lovers can take their portable note cards and use them as bookmarks as they curl up in their favorite reading spot – wherever that is! A Life Well Read note cards and dividers can be used in multiple ways—a single notecard can chart a journey from a “Book I Want” to tracking the loaned-out book, to a recommendation to a book club for their reading list ....

Rather than using a separate reading journal or writing in the margins of a book, readers can now have a place to record their most important impressions from each book they read. Each note card acts as a personalized record of their best book content. Readers can use each card as a bookmark, then jot down notes and key points while they read. And A Life Well Read makes gifting books a breeze with beautiful gift labels.
The kit contains enough cards to record 50 books, and also 56 gorgeous book plates to label your books. Plus there are 24 gift labels to personalize bookish gifts.

The box looks almost like a book itself, and mine blends beautifully in with the books on my shelf. This would be a wonderful tool for book-collectors - imagine no more forgetting who you lent your book to, or who you wanted to recommend a book to! All that info is right at your fingertips, on the shelf with your books.

So, the short of it is this: this kit is a gorgeous and simple way to keep track of your books, and it's something I will definitely be gifting to my book-collector friends.

If you are interested in purchasing this product for yourself or as a gift, the regular price is $29.95. Through October 11 you can get 25% off through this link.

Thank you to A Life Unplugged for sending me this product to review. I'm thrilled with it and hence am very willing to recommend it to my readers.

Full Disclosure: This is the first time I've done a promo like this and I wanted to be clear what I'm getting out of it. First, just like when I get books for review, I received a free copy of the kit pictured above. Second, there is a prize of a $25 Amazon gift card to the blogger whose post generates the most sales in one month. However, I'm not doing this for the prize (although it would be nice to win) - I'm writing this post because I actually liked the product and want to share with my readers about it. My regular readers know that I am honest in all my reviews (for books and products) and don't sugarcoat things - and I can honestly say that this is a very nice product, one I would recommend to my book-loving friends in-real-life.


Lezlie said...

Isn't this just a beautiful product?? I was sooo impressed when I received mine. Your readers should definitely take advantage of the special offer!


Anna van Gelderen said...

I immediately used the link you provided to buy a set and then discovered that they do not ship to the Netherlands. Very weird, since they do ship to Belgium. I sent them a note to ask for clarification. I was so disappointed :-(

Heather J. said...

Lezlie - I know, right?!

Anna - Oh no! Please keep me posted on the result - if you can't get a set yourself, maybe I could ship one to you?

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I love this product, too!

I do all my cataloging online (LibraryThing), but have adapted "A Reader's Life" for my use - I use the cards to log our book group picks and thoughts, and to keep track of books on loan from "my" library.

Florinda said...

I'll have a review of this product up this week as well, and I'm glad to see you were as favorably impressed by it as I was!

Anna van Gelderen said...

Heather, the problem has been solved. Debra from A Life Unplugged pointed out to me that I can buy directly from Amazon - which I did.

Heather J. said...

Dawn - That's a great idea. I'm thinking about using mine for only those books I keep in my permanent collection (which are few).

Florida - Yes, it truly is a lovely product.

Anna - YAY! I'm so glad they were able to help you.

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