Monday, September 14, 2009

To Bookswim or not?

Last night I was checking out bookswim, which I think is a fabulous idea and was super psyched to try it out, especially when I saw that they were servicing my area! That never happens. Then I saw the monthly fee ($19.95 for 3 books a month plus $4.99 S&H) and I'm not sure if it's worth it...

Pros for joining

  • a lot of books I want to read aren't available at the library and are available here
  • I buy a lot of books for book groups that I don't really want to hang on to
  • I can easily browse for new books
  • I can start a queue of interesting books I hear about but aren't quite ready to read
  • I'd read more
  • I'd read more of the books I want to read through out the year verses waiting until my birthday or Christmas when I get a ton of books I want to read all at once and then only read half
  • the monthly incentive would motivate me to finish books for the next swap
Cons for joining
  • a lot of books are available at the library
  • I currently only buy 1 book a month around $10-$15 if that
  • it's an increased monthly expense
  • I don't get to keep the really good books
Really the dilemma is that joining bookswim will not saving me money but will cost me a little more for my reading habit. The plus side is that I would read more (which I want to do) and I could read books that I am really interested in and not just the books that are available at the library. I'm leaning towards yes, but it's just the extra $25. It is a little too high, I was hoping for $15 or $20. What do you think?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can also try booksfree.com They offer books, children's books, audio books, and combo plans.

DEL said...

Thanks for the tip! I'll have to check that out.

StarFish said...

Also checkout paperbackswap.com