Netflix for Books?



Has anyone heard of the BookSwim Corporation? Set up along the same lines as Netflix (free postage, no late fees, buy what you want to keep, etc), Bookswim seems like a cross between the library and a bookstore.

I'm curious... Has anyone used this service? Would you? It sounds like a good idea, but I don't know if I read enough every month to save what I would have spent in books, although not walking to the library in the middle of winter sounds like a good plan! The plans seem pretty reasonable, it looks like the cheapest one is less than $10 per month, and it looks like they have a good selection, although I didn't spend too much time looking for eclectic titles.

What do you think? Would you use it?

3 comments:

trish said...

Your blog's so purty.

My friend Jessica, who blogs over at Both Eyes Book Blog, has used both BookSwim and Paperspine. She compares the two services here: http://botheyes.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/book-rentals-redux/

Anysia (Booklorn on Twitter) said...

I think it depends on where you live. Living where I do now I would never use these services.

I have access to a very good library system. Public library access is $12/year which gives you access to all libraries in the province including all post-secondary libraries. We have ebooks and evids on top of that as well as online holds/renewals/notifications, so it would be hard for any private service to compete for the price.

If I lived in the boonies or in a smaller town with access to fewer books I might consider it. Right now any service I would consider using would have to compete with what I get for $12/year and that's pretty hard to beat. :-)

And we even have current DVDs in our library system so I don't use a video store either. I am very spoiled.

eyre32 said...

If you're looking for a service like Bookswim, try booksfree.com. I've been using it since August 2008, and I love it.

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