Bookswim – website review.

Bookswim. Its like Netflix, but for books. What avid reader doesn’t want something like that?

I came across this website a while ago, researching SLIS alumni from my Library Science graduate school. One of the alumni founded this company which works like Netflix. You set up a queue, select your books, and select a plan that ranges from 2 to 11 books per month.

The prices range from $14.99 for 2 books to $35.99 for 11 books.

The selection seems pretty decent. I couldn’t find a couple of books I was looking for, but those books are pretty hard to find anyways, except on Amazon, everything is available on Amazon.

Unlike netflix, it is unlimited books per month, but I guess just 2 at a time, or 3 at a time. Either way, its much cheaper than buying the books, and takes up less space as you send it back. I’d be curious to see how the shipping works, since books are much heavier than dvds, and also if people write in the margins and what they write in the margins.

I’m not sure if I want to sign up for this just yet, as my local libraries provide all the books I currently want to read, but its a nice alternative to have handy.

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7 responses to “Bookswim – website review.

  1. I think there is a bulk book rate postage, maybe…I think. Sounds good, but I have a book addiction and just love ’em. I baby them so much, I don’t know if I could ship off a favourite book to some unknown bibliophile. Just being goofy, cause I’m so tired….
    Peace,

  2. Hey now!
    Which school is this? I am one of the founders and you must be referring either to Rutgers or NJIT. I think you should sign up because it is a fantastic service (I guess that’s not an entirely UNBIASED opinion, however).

    I also recently started my own blog and BookSwim was my first review: http://www.andstartup.com/2008/04/18/bookswim/

  3. Misterbooks,

    You have the option of being able to buy the book, so if there is one you can’t part with…well, you won’t have to!

    This is a book fiend’s best friend/worst enemy all rolled into one cheap package.

  4. Oh great, now my wife is gonna smack me on the head is she see another package coming in aside to an amazon box. 😉

  5. BookSwim is an AWESOME concept and might work well for the EAST coast. Although the first set of books come Priority Mail – the subsequent shipments come in book-rate bags… AND TAKE FOREVER. I was also disappointed that the promised library is a VIRTUAL one — you choose books from their website and are then asked to go find another one because they don’t actually HAVE the one you selected. I had an entire list of 5 books that were all on the Bookswim website, but not yet available. I was disappointed that I had recommended the site to so many people before I got in the midst of the order/delivery mess.

    I’m sure they’re in midst of some growing pains right now. I see their biggest competitor as the Kindle. By the time Bookswim gets their act together, I’ll probably have one of those!

  6. Booksfree.com has been doing this since 2000.

  7. rantsandreads

    Bookworm:

    I have come across this site before. I think this is the one I was looking for when I came across Bookswim. Its to easy to mix them up with names so similar.

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