I am a bookswim alpha tester now! I got an invitation and I signed up for a plan today.
The plans for Bookswim are as follows:
- $23.99 a month for a 3 books at a time plan
- $26.99 a month for the 5 books at a time plan
- $29.99 for 7 books at a time
- $32.99 for 9 books at a time, and
- $35.99 for 11 books at a time
In addition to the above there is a free membership which you can use to just look over everything – if you decide to rent books, you will have to upgrade to the paid plans.
First impression – the rates are high. $23.99 will buy me a decent book or two a month! Also, whats the point in the 11 books-at-a-time plan? You can finish 11 books all at once – I take at least a day or two to finish a decent sized book. Also, you can’t seem to send back a book as soon as you finish it – for the three books at a time plan, for example, you can send back two books when you are done with them, as you are reading the third book. This won’t be a big problem in the long run, since you can manage to read the 4th book that arrives and send in the third and fourth books and so on – if you know what I mean. Shipping is free both ways. Asking people so send in two books together will save them some shipping dues. Here’s what the plan says:
When you finish 2 books, send them back in return for 2 MORE books. You still have that third book in your hands to read while the others are being shipped, so you’re never without a book!
There is a one month money-back guarantee, in case it doesn’t work out for you, which is reassuring.
The collections seems okay. There are lots of graphic novels and comics as well. There is no Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), but I could find Umberto Eco and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Of course this was just a very cursory search.
Lets see how this takes off, and then maybe I will pay for the books themselves.