Last month, I received an email from BookSwim. I had never heard of them before so I took a quick look at their site. After my quick peek, I could see that BookSwim is something that might interest some book-loving dads and moms. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to write about BookSwim until now. [Disclosure: I did not receive any books, membership, or compensation for writing this review.]
What is BookSwim?
BookSwim is an online book rental library service for dads and moms. They are like Netflix, but instead of movies, they rent hardcovers, paperbacks, and college textbooks. According to BookSwim, they stock all the latest bestsellers, new releases, and classics. Like Netflix, books are delivered directly to your home and you can keep the books as long as you want (no late fees).
How much does BookSwim cost?
BookSwim offers five rental plans for moms and dads. Their cheapest plan is $10 a month, but you have to pay for shipping ($4 per book). The best plan costs $60 a month and shipping is free.
- 1 Book a Month
Read 1 book a month
$9.99/month plus $3.99 shipping
- Light Reader
Read 3 books at a time
$23.95/month (free shipping)
- Casual Reader
Read 5 books at a time
$29.95/month (free shipping)
- Avid Reader
Read 7 books at a time
$35.95/month (free shipping)
- Devout Reader
Read 11 books at a time
- Books are mailed directly to your house
- Get most books quicker than the library
- Saves money if you buy a lot of new hardcover releases each month
- Better for the environment if you don’t recycle books
- You can check out books for free at the library
- You can get new releases the first week at the library if you know the secret to reserving new movies and books at the library
- Kinda of expensive — $14 to rent one book with the cheapest plan (that’s almost the cost of a $16 hardback at Costco and more expensive than two paperbacks)
- You can’t keep the books unless you pay extra for them
Why would use their service?
I don’t think BookSwim will appeal to most dads and moms. However, I do think BookSwim is worth looking into if you’re a college student (they rent textbooks now), you don’t have a library nearby, have trouble getting books in a timely manner at your library, or if you buy a lot of books each month.