Borrow a Book

We love books, especially those juicy, page-turning bestsellers. But in these recessionary times, the average cost of a hardback ($26!) has put a cramp in our reading style. Sure we frequent the public library when we can, but unfortunately we can’t ever seem to get our hands on the latest must-read due to long waiting lists. (Plus, the library doesn’t serve mocha lattes or let us browse in our pajamas at 2 a.m.)Enter BookSwim, a Netflix-style service for readers that specializes in current hardcovers. The concept is simple. Sign up for a monthly subscription (they offer a variety of plans depending on how many books you want to have checked out at one time). Then log on to the the BookSwim site and set up your reading list. BookSwim mails you the books you crave, along with a prepaid shipping mailer to send them back. Keep books as long as you like (there are no late fees) and Book Swim ships you more upon their return. The site was founded by George Burke who used to spend hours reading the latest releases at his local bookstore café, then put them back on the shelf at the end of the night. He noticed others were doing the same thing and got inspired to create a community for readers like himself. Their motto: read more, pay less. And if a must-read becomes a must-have, no problem. BookSwim’s “try before you buy” policy lets you pay for any book that you just don’t want to send back.

BookSwim

Online Book Rental Service

Borrow a Book

We love books, especially those juicy, page-turning bestsellers. But in these recessionary times, the average cost of a hardback ($26!) has put a cramp in our reading style. Sure we frequent the public library when we can, but unfortunately we can’t ever seem to get our hands on the latest must-read due to long waiting lists. (Plus, the library doesn’t serve mocha lattes or let us browse in our pajamas at 2 a.m.)Enter BookSwim, a Netflix-style service for readers that specializes in current hardcovers. The concept is simple. Sign up for a monthly subscription (they offer a variety of plans depending on how many books you want to have checked out at one time). Then log on to the the BookSwim site and set up your reading list. BookSwim mails you the books you crave, along with a prepaid shipping mailer to send them back. Keep books as long as you like (there are no late fees) and Book Swim ships you more upon their return. The site was founded by George Burke who used to spend hours reading the latest releases at his local bookstore café, then put them back on the shelf at the end of the night. He noticed others were doing the same thing and got inspired to create a community for readers like himself. Their motto: read more, pay less. And if a must-read becomes a must-have, no problem. BookSwim’s “try before you buy” policy lets you pay for any book that you just don’t want to send back.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Eric, BookSwim.com
    Eric, BookSwim.com

    Howdy Grommeteers! Eric Ginsberg from BookSwim, here. The rest of the BookSwim folks and I are uber-excited to be here on the Daily Grommet. BookSwim is America's ONLY online book rental service delivering hardcover and paperback best-selling new releases to classics with FREE shipping, NO due dates and NO late fees, much like a Netflix®-style library. We even let members keep the books they love with our try-before-you-buy feature.

    BookSwim is a great way to read on a budget so you can get your literary fix without the hassle or clutter of buying all the books you want to read. And now that so many people are taking the time to go back to school, BookSwim is even helping people rent their college textbooks online for up to 75% off.

    I'll be checking in to read your comments and answer questions throughout the day, so be sure to check back often and keep those questions coming. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • jj
    jj
    3/27/2009 12:20 PM

    Good idea because I read all these books, and then they just pile up around the house until I give them away. Can I pay monthly, or is there a minimum contract?

  • Eric, BookSwim.com
    Eric, BookSwim.com – Special Guest
    3/27/2009 12:42 PM

    Great question, JJ. BookSwim is a monthly service that can be canceled at any time, with no minimum requirements. We even give you the first month half off to give online book rental a whirl.

  • marie
    marie
    3/27/2009 1:23 PM

    This is a wonderful Grommet !

    And what a fantastic idea for college text books which can add up to Thousands of dollars.

    Thanks for connecting us.

  • Lori
    Lori
    3/27/2009 1:35 PM

    I received a Bookswim gift certificate as a Christmas present a few years ago and it has been the best gift I've ever gotten. I have saved a ton of money because I no longer feel the need to buy every book as it comes out. And I'm saving room on my bookshelves for the books I truly want to keep (which I can purchase from Bookswim at a discounted rate). The best part is that I've discovered new authors and genres that I might not have read on my own based on referrals on the Bookswim site. I highly recommend the service to any book lover.

  • Christine
    Christine
    3/27/2009 1:36 PM

    Great resource - thanks for the tip, Grommet!

  • Jenny
    Jenny
    3/27/2009 1:56 PM

    I have been a BookSwim member for a year, and the service has been nothing but wonderful. There is a ton of books available, and I never have to worry about over-spending or look for new places to store them.

  • erin passarelli
    erin passarelli
    3/27/2009 2:22 PM

    I have been a member for over a year. I have given book swim as a gift to several people. I love it. I don't know how I lived without it. I am a big reader and this membership has saved me hundreds of dollars. Chip in customer service is awsome!!

  • Bonnie_T
    Bonnie_T
    3/27/2009 2:25 PM

    I'm a librarian and I use BookSwim for the hard to find as well as the latest and greatest. It's a great service.

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    3/27/2009 2:57 PM

    While it is great to rent books and avoid paying late fees from the library the best thing about bookswim is their customer service. They are the some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. Thanks!

  • Jana
    Jana
    3/27/2009 3:07 PM

    what a great idea!!!!

  • Hayley
    Hayley
    3/27/2009 3:51 PM

    Great find! Thanks.

  • Mark
    Mark
    3/27/2009 3:55 PM

    Can you describe how this works as a gift? I really like the idea, but not sure how to go about it ...

  • Nataly
    Nataly – Grommet Team
    3/27/2009 8:54 PM

    @Mark -- a gift of Bookswim is like buying a gift certificate for someone. You select how many months you'd like the gift to be for, pay the appropriate amount, and then the person you're giving the gift to can apply that amount towards their membership. Here's a link with details: Gift Options

  • Amanda
    Amanda
    3/28/2009 8:34 AM

    I have been using a service similar to this for years called Booksfree.com

  • Pam
    Pam
    3/28/2009 9:34 PM

    Love, love love Bookswim!!!!!!

    Can't miss

  • Brie
    Brie
    3/28/2009 10:35 PM

    HUGE fan of BookSwim and I'm so glad you're sharing this with others. I'm currently at the 3-books-per-month for $10 plan and it's really perfect for me. I hope everyone else takes your advice and signs up!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

BookSwim

Online Book Rental Service

Borrow a Book

We love books, especially those juicy, page-turning bestsellers. But in these recessionary times, the average cost of a hardback ($26!) has put a cramp in our reading style. Sure we frequent the public library when we can, but unfortunately we can’t ever seem to get our hands on the latest must-read due to long waiting lists. (Plus, the library doesn’t serve mocha lattes or let us browse in our pajamas at 2 a.m.)Enter BookSwim, a Netflix-style service for readers that specializes in current hardcovers. The concept is simple. Sign up for a monthly subscription (they offer a variety of plans depending on how many books you want to have checked out at one time). Then log on to the the BookSwim site and set up your reading list. BookSwim mails you the books you crave, along with a prepaid shipping mailer to send them back. Keep books as long as you like (there are no late fees) and Book Swim ships you more upon their return.

The site was founded by George Burke who used to spend hours reading the latest releases at his local bookstore café, then put them back on the shelf at the end of the night. He noticed others were doing the same thing and got inspired to create a community for readers like himself. Their motto: read more, pay less.

And if a must-read becomes a must-have, no problem. BookSwim’s “try before you buy” policy lets you pay for any book that you just don’t want to send back.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Eric, BookSwim.com
    Eric, BookSwim.com

    Howdy Grommeteers! Eric Ginsberg from BookSwim, here. The rest of the BookSwim folks and I are uber-excited to be here on the Daily Grommet. BookSwim is America's ONLY online book rental service delivering hardcover and paperback best-selling new releases to classics with FREE shipping, NO due dates and NO late fees, much like a Netflix®-style library. We even let members keep the books they love with our try-before-you-buy feature.

    BookSwim is a great way to read on a budget so you can get your literary fix without the hassle or clutter of buying all the books you want to read. And now that so many people are taking the time to go back to school, BookSwim is even helping people rent their college textbooks online for up to 75% off.

    I'll be checking in to read your comments and answer questions throughout the day, so be sure to check back often and keep those questions coming. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • jj
    jj
    3/27/2009 12:20 PM

    Good idea because I read all these books, and then they just pile up around the house until I give them away. Can I pay monthly, or is there a minimum contract?

  • Eric, BookSwim.com
    Eric, BookSwim.com – Special Guest
    3/27/2009 12:42 PM

    Great question, JJ. BookSwim is a monthly service that can be canceled at any time, with no minimum requirements. We even give you the first month half off to give online book rental a whirl.

  • marie
    marie
    3/27/2009 1:23 PM

    This is a wonderful Grommet !

    And what a fantastic idea for college text books which can add up to Thousands of dollars.

    Thanks for connecting us.

  • Lori
    Lori
    3/27/2009 1:35 PM

    I received a Bookswim gift certificate as a Christmas present a few years ago and it has been the best gift I've ever gotten. I have saved a ton of money because I no longer feel the need to buy every book as it comes out. And I'm saving room on my bookshelves for the books I truly want to keep (which I can purchase from Bookswim at a discounted rate). The best part is that I've discovered new authors and genres that I might not have read on my own based on referrals on the Bookswim site. I highly recommend the service to any book lover.

  • Christine
    Christine
    3/27/2009 1:36 PM

    Great resource - thanks for the tip, Grommet!

  • Jenny
    Jenny
    3/27/2009 1:56 PM

    I have been a BookSwim member for a year, and the service has been nothing but wonderful. There is a ton of books available, and I never have to worry about over-spending or look for new places to store them.

  • erin passarelli
    erin passarelli
    3/27/2009 2:22 PM

    I have been a member for over a year. I have given book swim as a gift to several people. I love it. I don't know how I lived without it. I am a big reader and this membership has saved me hundreds of dollars. Chip in customer service is awsome!!

  • Bonnie_T
    Bonnie_T
    3/27/2009 2:25 PM

    I'm a librarian and I use BookSwim for the hard to find as well as the latest and greatest. It's a great service.

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    3/27/2009 2:57 PM

    While it is great to rent books and avoid paying late fees from the library the best thing about bookswim is their customer service. They are the some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. Thanks!

  • Jana
    Jana
    3/27/2009 3:07 PM

    what a great idea!!!!

  • Hayley
    Hayley
    3/27/2009 3:51 PM

    Great find! Thanks.

  • Mark
    Mark
    3/27/2009 3:55 PM

    Can you describe how this works as a gift? I really like the idea, but not sure how to go about it ...

  • Nataly
    Nataly – Grommet Team
    3/27/2009 8:54 PM

    @Mark -- a gift of Bookswim is like buying a gift certificate for someone. You select how many months you'd like the gift to be for, pay the appropriate amount, and then the person you're giving the gift to can apply that amount towards their membership. Here's a link with details: Gift Options

  • Amanda
    Amanda
    3/28/2009 8:34 AM

    I have been using a service similar to this for years called Booksfree.com

  • Pam
    Pam
    3/28/2009 9:34 PM

    Love, love love Bookswim!!!!!!

    Can't miss

  • Brie
    Brie
    3/28/2009 10:35 PM

    HUGE fan of BookSwim and I'm so glad you're sharing this with others. I'm currently at the 3-books-per-month for $10 plan and it's really perfect for me. I hope everyone else takes your advice and signs up!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.