BookSwim is the first online book rental library service lending you paperbacks, hardcovers and now college textbooks Netflix®-style directly to your house, without the need to purchase!
I guess I can see how this would be useful for those who don’t live near a library – but why the heck would I want to pay nearly $20 a month to rent books? I can go to the library and rent books for free.
BookSwim does address the “Why not just go to a library?” question – but not to my satisfaction:
- Late fees (never with BookSwim)
- Limited hours (browse BookSwim in your pajamas at 3am if you’d like)
- Limited selections (can’t find a book on BookSwim.com? Let us know and we’ll buy it!)
- Long waiting lists for popular titles (we buy plenty of copies to slash your wait time)
- Location, location, location (what could be closer than your own home?)
* That said, BookSwim is a terrific suppliment for avid library users, as BookSwim encourages members to use the library if/when possible.
Okay, first, I have never accrued $20 in late fees during one month 🙂 — but maybe I’m just an unusual library patron. Second, I can browse my library’s online catalog at 3am in my PJs if I want to. Third, most libraries offer the option to allow patrons to make purchase suggestions – or get titles via inter-library loan. Fourth, okay – this one I agree with – but for $20 I can go out and buy that popular title this month. Fifth, it is nice to have the books delivered to my door – which is why I used to use my library’s mail order service when I was a kid 🙂
Now, I’m not completely negative about this! The one great thing about this might be the textbooks. For the price it might actually be cheaper to keep a textbook for the term from BookSwim than it would be to buy the textbook – and you would never be able to keep the book from the library that long. If you ask me – this is the audience (college students) that BookSwim should focus on.