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Netflix for Books

Book Swim

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the audio version of netflix for books with reader, blogger, and Samhain editor, Angie, noting additional services such as and…..ent/dp/45/. Now, there is truly a Netflix for Books, Bookswim, to be launched in the 4th quarter of 2007. There is no mention of costs, whether royalties are paid to the authors (or in what percentage). More curious and a little disturbing is the front page announcement that you, too, can be an investor in this start up company.

One thing I did like was the option to buy the book if you wanted to keep it. Again, no word on costs so I don’t know if you buy it at a reduced cost or whether the books shipped out are all new. It’s something for readers to keep their eye out for and authors to worry about in terms of missed royalties, if any.

Via Teleread.

Edited to add, blogger Sybil noted that Booksfree offers a similar service for paperbacks. It’s costly though, requiring a monthly payment of 8.49 for 2 books a month.

Edited to add: I emailed the PTB, and was informed that Bookswim is fully funded for the first year and that pricing plans will start at $15/month. I dunno. Buffet pricing for books. I always love the idea of the Buffet but never eat enough to justify the okay food and the higher price.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sara Dennis
    Mar 05, 2007 @ 21:18:53

    I’m not sure how Bookswim is any different than Booksfree, which is already established and is cheaper. Weird.

  2. Caren Lee
    Mar 11, 2007 @ 23:20:20

    I like this idea simply because I’m one of those terrible people who can never turn anything in on time. Netflix has saved me hundreds of dollars in blockbuster fees, and I think a book service will save me the same amount in library fines. Right now, I own four public library cards -all with over $50 in fines on each of them. People like me need a service like this!
    My only question is will the services carry enough of the new releases – and enough of each genre? I personally like fantasy novels, as well as young adult fantasy novels (who didn’t like Eragon and Harry Potter), so I hope there will be new releases, and not just “classics”.

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