Remember a year or so ago, when all the talk was about how swell Netflix is, and how libraries should try to imitate that model? Well, someone has – and it’s not a library.
BookSwim is a book rental library. From their site:
Online Book Rental Library. Stop buying books when you can borrow new releases and classics with free shipping!
Netflix has popularized online DVD Rental. We`re doing it for books!
BookSwim is the first online BOOK RENTAL LIBRARY CLUB lending you paperbacks and hardcovers directly to your house WITHOUT THE NEED TO PURCHASE! Whether it’s New Releases, Bestsellers, or Classics, we’ve got 150,000 titles to choose from, with FREE SHIPPING BOTH WAYS! Read your books as long as you want. — no late fees! Even choose to purchase and keep the titles you love!
It’s not particularly cheap – plans start at $19.99 per month.
So, why couldn’t libraries do this???? We could charge a patron a monthly fee to mail books to them, couldn’t we? We already have the collection. It seems to me the hook here is that someone doesn’t have to go somewhere to pick a book up – it’s delivered to them. Convenient. Easy.
Now, why didn’t we think of that?