Can I order a subscription to THE ALIGNIST as a gift for someone else?

Yes! During checkout, check the box indicating that the subscription order you’re placing is a gift and include the name and address of the person you would like the box to be sent to when it’s ready for shipment.


How often will subscriptions be delivered?

Yes! During checkout, check the box indicating that the subscription order you’re placing is a gift and include the name and address of the person you would like the box to be sent to.

THE ALIGNIST box subscriptions ship four times a year, as per the following schedule:

Orders placed between December 15 and March 15 will ship in mid-April.

Orders placed between March 15 and June 15 will ship in mid-July.

Orders placed between June 15 and September 15 will ship in mid-October.

Orders placed between September 15 and December 15 will ship in mid-January.


Is there any way to know in advance which countries and novels will be featured in the future?

We reveal our next featured country before sales close for that edition, but we like to keep the featured novel a secret. The element of surprise is part of the ethos of this endeavor. It’s an attempt to share a diversity of news and literature, and to focus in on countries and issues that might not get as much attention in mainstream media. Many people who subscribe to THE ALIGNIST do it as a sort of gift to themselves, and we believe gifts are always more tantalizing when they’re unexpected.


Why did you discontinue the author + expert Q&As?

This component also made it harder to select novels since novels in translation and authors who were unable to join in a conversation were no longer options. In an effort to feature the best novels for each box, we dropped this feature as a regular component of each box. When possible, however, we will continue to invite subscribers to these conversations.


I really liked one of the boxes that came out a few months ago. Can I order that one?

We’re so glad! It’s just a little hard, at this stage, for us to do what it takes to develop new boxes and fulfill back order requests. That’s why the the bulk of this enterprise is focused on the subscription model. But we hear you and THE ALIGNIST will soon begin to offer a limited quantity of previous boxes on the site. Check out SHOP section of this site to see what’s on offer at any given time!


Yes, yes, and yes.

Please get in touch by writing to THE ALIGNIST founder Beenish at beenish@thealignist.com!

Are you open to suggestions for novels to feature in upcoming editions, collaborations, and partnerships?