A few months ago I was contacted by the good folks over at BookSwim. They generously offered me a free three month trial membership in exchange for my thoughts on their services. I hadn’t heard of BookSwim, but I was immediately intrigued when I found out that the membership is basically Netflix, but for books instead of movies.
Once you select a reading plan, all you need to do is add books to your reading queue. BookSwim offers several reading plans ranging from 3 to 11 books at a time. The Light Reader plan costs $23.95 a month for 3 books at a time. All of the plans offer unlimited reading, no due dates, no late fees, and no shipping fees. Books arrive in a timely fashion along with an envelope and pre-paid postage label.
For the most part, BookSwim has an impressive inventory of books. You won’t have a problem getting popular and new release titles. I was a bit bummed that some of the older titles for my favorite authors weren’t available, but it’s not a deal breaker. I wanted to re-read titles by Judith McNaught and Sandra Brown, but their full catalog isn’t available on BookSwim. The only other thing that I would note is that for some reason my book selection was shipped out of order. You’ll definitely want to look out for that if you’re loading a series in your queue. I requested the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and the books were sent out of order, even though I listed them in the correct order. That was my first test run of the service. Luckily for me, I already own the series so my reading wouldn’t have been interrupted.
Overall, I think BookSwim is a brilliant idea. The service is convenient and hassle free. I like having my books sent to me without much effort on my part. No long lines and dealing with the commute to my local bookstore or library. I don’t have to get held up by the waitlist at my local library for popular titles, and it still gives me the flexibility to try before I buy. BookSwim may be ideal for people that like to borrow books, and for whom trips to the library are inconvenient. While this may seem odd at first, keep in mind that people thought Netflix was a kooky idea. Blockbuster and other movie rental outfits have since learned better. I used to purchase all of my books in hardcopy, but I’ve completely ran out of space. Now, I purchase all of my books on my various eReading devices. I would definitely use BookSwim for books that I was on the fence about purchasing.
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