NetFlix For Book Lovers?

October 28, 2008

Homeschool, Trends

Welll this is a “novel” idea (ha!): an online library, ala Netflix. It’s called BookSwim. It’s kind of like a library/rental program rolled into one. I checked it out. The selection is still a little slim, but it’s growing and there are some really good books there. This could be a real blessing for homeschoolers, as well as for book lovers.

It basically works this way: sign up online and pay a monthly fee at BookSwim. You reserve books into your queue, and they are sent to you. When you finish reading them, send them back. Your next books from your queue will be sent to you. Shipping is completely free, both to and from your house (the books come in postage-paid packaging).

The great thing about this is that there are NO DUE DATES and NO LATE FEES! I like this aspect of it. I use my local library but I have to drive there (costs money for gas) and if I forget my due date (which has happened a lot lately), I am hit with hefty fines.


This service looks really great for people in very rural areas who have no access to local libraries, who like the convenience of online rental services, who read slowly or very quickly, and who prefer a variety of books, especially newly-released books. There is a wide selection of topics, so I can see this kind of business taking off.

If you are interested, click: BookSwim. I like the idea of this service so much that I’ve decided to become an affiliate for BookSwim. So I will get a little commission if you sign up using my link! I’ll keep the button to BookSwim in my sidebar, should you want to check it out in the future.

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One Response to “NetFlix For Book Lovers?”

  1. Nessa Says:

    What an interesting idea! I’ll have to go check that out!