Wednesday, January 03, 2007

BookSwim

Apparently books will soon be swimming around the U.S.!

BookSwim claims to be the "Netflix for books". According to the site, it plans to launch the service on February 14th - Happy Valentine's Day, book lovers!

Not sure what I really think about this. The website is certainly unimpressive, and they are soliciting for investors on the homepage (not that there are any other pages to the site) . Who's behind this? What will it cost?

I will be very curious to see if it sinks or "swims".

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'd get ecstatic over this, except for the fact that the website looks so shoddy and sketchy. It could be helpful in tracking down out-of-print books that many libraries don't have, but it doesn't look like it'll be that comprehensive. I'll pass for now.

herzogbr said...

I do like the concept, but I agree with elizabeth - it has a little way to go.

But I still think libraries should be doing this. We can email articles to people, and I think it would be great if we could offer home delivery of books via the USPS. Netflix and similar businesses are getting people used to this level of service, and it would be good for libraries to get out ahead of the curve for once.