April 3, 2018

This spunky Detroit teen has created his own book subscription service


Behold, the teenager for whom all of us will be working one day.

Fourteen-year-old Cameron Allen has taken his school assignment “create a business project” from the theoretical to the LLC level by launching a book subscription service called Beacon Book Box.

For Michigan’s Laingsburg State Journal, Haley Hansen reports that for $30 a month, Beacon Box subscribers will receive a new hardcover YA novel and “a handful of themed treats like bath bombs, candles, posters, and bookmarks.” Perhaps most charming of all, Cameron also spends “two to three hours a month writing hand-written thank you notes to each customer.”

The inaugural box shipped out in February with the theme “Storms and Serenity,” featuring Tamora Pierce’s Tempests and Slaughter. The March pick was The Final Six by Alexandra Monir, on the theme “Out of This World.”

“I love books. I love reading. I think boxes are so much fun,” Cameron told Hansen. “Why not do that to occupy my time?”

Why indeed, Cameron. Godspeed.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.