BookSwim: Netflix for books?

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I've gotten a number of emails from people about BookSwim. BookSwim is an online book rental site, basically like Netflix but for books. I honestly don't know what to think about this idea. On one hand I think it's really smart. On the other, I'm not at all tempted to use it.

I posted a couple of weeks ago about how when I move I'll be leaving a truly excellent library system. If I were to stay in Toronto I cannot think of any reason why I'd need this service. But moving to a city with a library system that isn't as good would make me reconsider this. If I were to move back to my hometown, which doesn't even have a bookstore, this would seem like a really great service. Of course, it's only in the USA right now but depending on how successful it is I can certainly see it branching out into other countries.

Something that I was curious about what what sort of shape the books would be in. Books seem like they would be far more easily damaged than a DVD. I mean, most books I get from the library are in pretty good shape but there are always ones that are not. According to BookSwim's FAQ page they will only send out books in good condition. If you damage the book you will be charged the full price for it, unless you fess up to the damage in which case you will be charged the used price for it.

I think it's an interesting idea but I'll stick to my library. I'm going to be keeping my eye out for bloggers who do sign up though. I'd love to hear what people think of the service.

Contributing editor Sassymonkey also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.

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