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BookSwim Review & Giveaway

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.

***For the holidays, you will receive a $50 gift certificate to Restaurant.com when you purchase a $50 gift membership.***

Three lucky commentators will have a chance to win a free Light Reader Membership for three months.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

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How would you benefit from a BookSwim Membership?  Would it be cost effective for you?

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4. Giveaway is open to U.S. only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 28th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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19 Responses to “BookSwim Review & Giveaway

  1. LenoreNo Gravatar
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    I was also intrigued by this offer, but I don’t live in the US, so doesn’t work for me. I sure wish Germany would warm to the Netflix idea.

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  2. KellyNo Gravatar
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    Wow, that’s impressive!
    Kinda makes me mad we don’t have that in Greece! *g*

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  3. Patti (Book Addict)No Gravatar
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    I actually blogged about Bookswim back in June, asking if anyone had used it and if it was good. You’re the first review I’ve seen, and it does sound good – thanks for this review! I wondered if they’d have a lot of up-to-date selections, and if it would be cost effective; it sounds like they do :)

    I think this would be a good way to weed out the “keepers” from the “it was okay” books…I think if I did the 3-tier I would save money.

    +2 I’m a follower

    bookaddictpatti at cox dot net

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  4. SophieNo Gravatar
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    so many good things to try here in the US! How is the state of the books? I’m sometimes disgusted by the library’s books, finding hair and all other pleasure of public book sharing… guh.

    I don’t have a library close to me (apart from the U library) so it would be great for me to get fun-read books!

    sophieamontreal AT gmail DOT com

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  5. Lis(Darkling)No Gravatar
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    +1 Oh it would be heaven for me:)I don’t have a library near me and even if I did I hate checking out books.Especially when I have to be on a waitng list or when I have a certain date to return the book.So when I usually read a book it’s because I buy it.I sure do waste money since every book I’ve read I’ve bought.Which is no problem to me except for the fact that some may not be a good read and well there’s a waste of money.So I hope I win:)

    moc.oohaynull@92elbatciderpnu_si_efil

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  6. michelle in coloradoNo Gravatar
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    It should like it might be a good idea, I am going to look into it.

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  7. AngelaNo Gravatar
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    Lenore – Yes, I feel for you. Netflix is a must have for me. I don’t know how I ever got on without it. I joined Netflix the moment that I heard about it, and haven’t looked back since.

    Kelly – I think there are other options for international readers. Paperbackswap maybe? There might also be another one, but it doesn’t come to mind.

    Patti – Agreed. The Light Reader plan is a nice supplement in addition to the books that I already receive for review, and the ones that I know I will buy. I think it’s cost effective if you can at least read 3 to 6 books a month from the service.

    Sophie – Yes, I know what you mean. I live in NYC and while we have tons of public libraries with a vast selection, getting to the correct one and combing through the section is a pain in the ass. Each of the main libraries carries only specific category/topical books. Like the science and business library? I mean, really?

    The condition of the books that I received were great. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about is that they put huge stickers on the book covers. I don’t like writing or anything else to mark up my books. I can understand why they would want to tag their books, but it would be better to keep to on the spine.

    Lis – Tell me about it. I used to be the late fee queen at my local library back in Michigan. I did like the fact that the browsing selection made sense. When I moved to NYC, I was like – WTF are you guys doing here? I certainly think there’s money to be saved by using the BookSwim service, but just like Netflix – you’ll only come out ahead if you use the service enough.

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  8. AnneNo Gravatar
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    I have a great library system and while there maybe more books I want to read at BookSwim it wouldn’t be worth $24 a month. I could buy 3-5 ebooks or paperbacks for that price using promo codes and coupons.

    ( blog follower)

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  9. TJOC JessicaNo Gravatar
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    I’m interested in this–I’m not sure if it would be cost effective or not. I’m a bit of a book hoarder and I’m a really fast reader, so 3 at a time wouldn’t be enough. I tend to do a lot of trade with the used book store and PBS so I haven’t been spending that much any way…

    I’m a follower of both blogs and twitter.

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  10. TJOC JessicaNo Gravatar
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    Oh! And my email is thejoyofthejoyofcooking at hotmail dot com

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  11. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 This would be great for me because my library doesn’t get many new releases so if I want to read a newer book I have to buy it. I really have no room for more books and continuously buying new books is expensive. This is a great alternative!

    +2 follow here and on twitter @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  12. Gaby PNo Gravatar
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    +1 i think it will beneficial for those titles that you are interested but not completely sold on buying a copy. Its seems like a great way to discover new authors and after reading any one of those books push you to buy your own copy. It will also save you from buying books at random that turn out to be not soo great rads.. (i at least like picking up random books.. but it sometimes doesnt make it worth it if books are not worth it). Another benefit is that my city currently lost its only book store and while i am still able to find some selections at target or walmart but they dont carry a whole wide selection i was used to at the bookstore
    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    ude.uimat.ytsudnull@11zerepg

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  13. BonnieNo Gravatar
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    This is the first time I’ve done this, so forgive me if I don’t get it right…

    This would be great for me. There are a lot of books I would read (and can’t find at the library, since I live in a rather conservative town) but wouldn’t buy in hardback–not unless the price got down to, say, a few cents on Amazon. For a chance to read new hardbacks without shipping fees? Hell yeah.

    I also don’t have any kind of e-reader (I’m an old fossil who loves actually holding books in her hand), so stuff on Kindle, even if it’s cheap, doesn’t apply.

    (I’m not sure what “following” means for the extra entries? I do subscribe to this blog’s feed.)

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  14. BonnieNo Gravatar
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    Oops! email address for above is:

    moc.liamtohnull@drofraweinnob

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  15. EricaNo Gravatar
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    I would totally benefit from it becuase I’m a bookacholic, and its dipin into my cash flow. This will keep me going for awhile.
    Thanks!
    moc.oohaynull@1211stodakoP

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  16. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    I would probably save a small fortune if I used them for just textbooks! I’m looking at spending $450 for my next semester’s books! I’d save on using them for regular reading as well, since I’ve read more than 80 books this year! I would hope I could read newer books, since I usually get older once at the library thrift sale or garage sales.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com
    GFC follower

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  17. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Can’t see that it would benefit me mainly cause 90% of what I read is series books and if they didn’t send them in order well
    I’d be POed. Do they have textbooks?

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  18. Jess (The Cozy Reader)No Gravatar
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    +1 – How interesting! I’d never of thought they’d create a book borrowing business in the likes of NetFlix. While I think it’s neat-o I probably wouldn’t do this on a whim because of the price point. Depending on how many books I’m reading in a month, which can be a lot, it might be a savings but sometimes I like to own my books or lend them to family. And I’d never want 11 books at once! I also own a Kindle and usually prefer this format to printed books. I’d love to be apart of a Kindle renting program! :)

    +2 I’m already a Twitter follower! (acozyreader)

    +3 – I added this giveaway to my Giveaways Around the Web post.

    +6 – thecozyreader @ gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  19. Casey (The Bookish Type)No Gravatar
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    I agree — the fact that they ship books out of order is a big downer of the service. It’s hard to read series using it.

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