BookSwim for Book Lovers

January 9, 2009

Do you love to read but do not love having to buy your books only to read them once? Are your shelves and nightstands falling over with stacks and stacks of books? Well, BookSwim has a solution.


BookSwim is the first online book rental library service lending you paperbacks, hardcovers and now college textbooks Netflix®-style directly to your house, without the need to purchase! We stock all the latest bestsellers, new releases, and classics with free shipping both ways! Read your books as long as you want — no late fees! Even choose to purchase and keep the books you love!


I checked out their website and think they have a great thing going here. I’m a big Netflix fan and I love the idea of incorporating this system into the literary world. There are so many times I’ve bought a book on someone’s recommendation or a review I’ve read only to find that it just wasn’t for me. You can sell the book on or eBay but you probably won’t get the same price that you paid.

With BookSwim, you can make a list of books from their never-ending inventory and have them sent to you for free! Take your time reading them and when you’re done, just send them back. However, if you come across one that you absolutely love and must add to your library, you always have the option to buy.

They also offer gift cards for the book lover in your life. And better yet, for every gift card sold, BookSwim, in association with Eco-Libris, will plant a tree to offset the environmental impact of producing paper for books.

Memberships start at $9.95 per month and you may cancel at any time. No contracts. No commitments.

Reading just got a whole lot easier and affordable!


BookSwim has generously donated a 3-month, 3 books per month membership to one lucky winner (value $60). To enter:

  • Stop by BookSwim before midnight, Jan 17th and check out their library of books.
  • Then come back and mention in comments which book would be first on your list. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified on Jan 18th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to BookSwim.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

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114 Comments on “BookSwim for Book Lovers”

January 9, 2009
7:55 pm

Debbie said:

This sounds wonderful! The book that caught my eye, was “The First 30 Days” Your Guide to Any Change.
Thanks so much!

January 9, 2009
8:46 pm

{Pink} Aloha Monkey said:

This sounds like a good deal. I’d get “The Host” since I’m still on the long waiting list at our public library.

[BTW, what is the object of Animal Crossing? I heard it's a good game, but I never looked into it.]


susan varney said:

the first 30 days is my choice


Dina said:

I’d like to read Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time - seems like a fascinating book.


Dina said:

I am a subscriber.


Shannon said:

I am soooooo all over this!! I was thinking about getting a subscription now I’ll wait and see if I win it!
I have the three bonus ones.

My first book would be………
Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications

Mary Shelley dedicated Frankenstein to her father, her greatest champion. Charlotte Brönte dedicated Jane Eyre to William Makepeace Thackeray for his enthusiastic review of the book’s first edition. Dostoyevsky dedicated The Brothers Karamazov to his typist-turned-lover Anna Grigoyevna. And, as this collection’s title indicates, F. Scott Fitzgerald dedicated his masterpiece The Great Gatsby to his wife Zelda.

Often overlooked, a novel’s dedication can say much about an author and his or her relationship to the person for whom the book was consecrated. Once Again to Zelda explores the dedications in fifty iconic books that are an intrinsic part of both literary and pop culture, shedding light on the author’s psyche, as well as the social and historic context in which the book was first published.


Jaque said:

Foreign Body by Robin Cook, or maybe something by Koontz, King, Grisham… many to choose from! Great concept, Net Flix for readers! :-)


Alexia said:

I love books so much, it’s hard to pick what would be first! I’m really in a Jodi Picoult kick right now though so It *might* be Harvesting the Heart :) But who knows! LOL

This is a really great idea - looks like they need to get some more Christian authors in there though…


Margo said:

What a great idea! First on my list would be Acedia and Me by Kathleen Norris


Margo said:

I subscribed!… for that I’ll give you my second choice on my reading list: Bitter is the New Black


Lisa said:

I’d get Dave Ramsey’s Total Money makeover. I think it’s time I read it.


Lisa said:

And, I’m subscribed!


leloni said:

I have been waiting to read How to Cook Everything…


LuAnn said:

“The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome” - we have this issue in my family.


LuAnn said:

Oops…and I already have your button in my sidebar! :)


Renee said:

I love books and have unofficially signed up to do the 100+ books challenge. I have to read at least 100 this year. I’m already about finished with #5.

my book of choice is The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
By Diane Setterfield

It’s supposed to be spooky!


Melissa said:

The Digital Photography by Scott Kirby
I would love to improve my photography skills!

What a great service! We too are big fans of NetFlix!!


Kerrie said:

Wow this is really nice! I do BookMooch and Paperback Swap, but this seems awesome too because there is no obligation to keep the book…you can just send it back, you don’t have to worry about giving it away to someone else or getting stuck with it if you don’t like it! And they have new books, which are sometimes hard to find on other lists (and there are a LOT on my wishlists!). My first choice would probably be The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - that seems to be a favorite for everyone this year, and I really want to read it!! =)


Kerrie said:

And I’m a subscriber!!


Karen E said:

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich. Such a funny series!


Karen E said:



Upstatemomof3 said:

You know I think I would get Twlight. I have not read any of these books and everyone seems to love them. My sister really enjoyed them so I figure I should get on ith reading them. So, the first book I would pick is the first book Twilight.


thefarmerfiles said:

A Beverly Lewis book about the amish!


thefarmerfiles said:

I am a subscriber.


Jennifer said:

Fantastic Giveaway! I would choose to read first, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.


Jennifer said:

I am a subscriber. :)


andrea v said:

I’ve always wanted to read baby laughs from Jenny McCarthy


andrea v said:

I’m also a subscriber


Shelley K said:

This is just SO cool. I think its great!! My first book would be Real Murders (Aurora Teagarden Mystery Series Book #1) by Charlaine Harris. I am finishing up the Sookie Stackhouse Series so I am wondering how her other books are….I am a VORACIOUS reader. Right now, I get most of my books from the library but you know how long a wait for really GOOD books can be…so this would just be AWESOME.

Thanks for a great review and an even sweeter giveaway.


Shelley K said:

Subscriber :)

January 10, 2009
10:05 am

Sarah S said:

I would read Three Cups of Tea first!

January 10, 2009
10:06 am

Sarah S said:


January 10, 2009
10:27 am

Elaina said:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
By Michael Pollan has been on my wishlist for ages. I’m excited about this website. It’s a great concept.

January 10, 2009
10:28 am

Elaina said:

I’m a subscriber.

January 10, 2009
10:33 am

Barbara said:

What an awesome idea. I would get “dream a Little Dream” by susan Phillips.

January 10, 2009
10:43 am

Liz (Looney Mom) said:

What a great idea. I love to read too and I love the netflix format. I will definitely have to check it out!

January 10, 2009
10:53 am

Beth said:

I would totally request to read the 20 and Counting book about the Duggars…they are from around where I live and I’d love to get a peek into their life!

January 10, 2009
10:54 am

Beth said:

I’m a subscriber!

January 10, 2009
11:07 am

Roseann K. said:

How to Cook Everything!

January 10, 2009
11:24 am

Janet F said:

Wish You Well By David Baldacci would be first on my list.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

January 10, 2009
11:25 am

Janet F said:


janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

January 10, 2009
12:17 pm

Susan Smith said:

Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.

January 10, 2009
12:17 pm

desi said:

What a great concept.
My first would be: Slumdog Millionaire!

January 10, 2009
12:22 pm

AmandaK said:

I would get Already Dead: A Novel by Charlie Hutson first! He’s one of my favorite authors!


January 10, 2009
12:26 pm

Andrew Gordon said:

I’d get the Walking Dead graphic novel.

January 10, 2009
12:34 pm

Kari said:

This site looks and sounds fantastic. I love the idea. I would probably choose as my first rental the Stephanie Meyers book titled ‘The Host’. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

January 10, 2009
12:48 pm

MaryBeth I said:

Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts

January 10, 2009
12:48 pm

MaryBeth I said:

I am a subscriber

January 10, 2009
12:48 pm

MaryBeth I said:

I have your button

January 10, 2009
12:49 pm

Kari said:

Thanks again for the chance to win. I just posted about your giveaway on my blog.

January 10, 2009
12:49 pm

Kari said:

Your button is on my blog sidebar. Thanks for the giveaway offer.


judy brittle said:

The Devil’s Labyrinth by John Saul. One of my favorite horror authors. Thank you so much!


judy brittle said:

I’m a subscriber.


Catherine copeland said:

First Year Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day (J-B Ed:Survival Guides). i’ve actually checked out bookswim and it seems like a great bookclub


Charlotte Winters said:

I’ve been wanted to read The Appeal by John Grisham for along time. I just noticed today that it came out in paperback. I was itching to my it but didnt. Hope I win this cool prize. Sounds like Netflix for books!


Terri L said:

The Seance by Heather Graham


chris swan said:

Whats age go to do with it Robin McGraw.


Vicki said:

First on my list would be~

90 Minutes in Heaven:
A True Story of Death & Life


Vicki said:

Subscribed to you feed!


Kacy said:

Would absolutely love to win this prize.

My first book would have to be ‘The Host’. Waiting list is long at the library and cannot justify buying the hardcover.


Vicki said:

Already have your button on my sidebar!


Jennifer G said:

My first choice would be Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell


Vicki said:

Posted about this giveaway on my BLOG.

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!


Leann said:

Quicksand by Iris Johanssen


Pamela Brint said:

I would first get the New Moon of the Twilight series.


shannon Baas said:

Arctic drift by Clive Cussler.


Casey said:

I would check out “What’s Age Got to do With it?” by Robin McGraw.


Casey said:

I subscribe to your blog.


Lisa in California said:

What a fantastic idea! I usually buy books on and then resell them when I’m done. I love the idea of “renting” them like this. The first book I would pick would be Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich. Her books make me laugh out loud and this is one I seem to have missed reading.


christopher h said:

i dunno, maybe Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor By Matthew Stover


Harli said:

I’d like to read “About The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice.”
I like the manga too. :)


Harli said:

I’m an e-mail subscriber.


Francine Anchondo said:

My first book would be twilight. Thanks for the giveaway.


Francine Anchondo said:

I am a subscriber :).


Shae said:

My first book would be The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp!


Shae said:

Your button is on my sidebar


Shae said:

I’m a subscriber


nicole belletiere said:

The Host: A Novel
By Stephenie Meyer

would be my first choice


James Jenkins said:



Elizabeth said:

I would love to win this! After reading the description and reviews (Stephen King loved it!), I would first rent The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel.


Elizabeth said:

I subscribe to your email feed.


Professor said:

Мог бы долго с вами спорить на эту тему :)


Elizabeth said:

I have your button on my sidebar of MomReviews.


Karen said:

I would probably choose “Kiss the Girls” because I have been reading the Alex Cross series by James Patterson.


Karen said:

I subscribed!


Mary Ward said:

I am a huge reader and always buy my books but in this economy, this would be the way to go. I’m torn between Chasing Harry Winston and Sweet Love.


Anikka said:

I would read Twilight after hearing so much about it!


Anikka said:

I am a subscriber


oona b said:

I would like to read “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer. Now that I’ve read all the Twilight books, I need something new!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com


oona b said:

I am a subscriber with Bloglines!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com


Heather Lessiter said:

I would start with The Pillars of the Earth and then check out the Twilight series. Very cool site!


Barbara said:

I am a subscriber


Stacey said:

In my efforts to get healthier this year I think I would go with Foot Matters by Mark Bittman.


Stacey said:

I’m a subscriber


Stacey said:

And I have your button on my blog

January 11, 2009
11:15 am

Kristen M. said:

My first choice would be Meg Cabot’s newest Princess Diary installment (just released). I’d love to try this out - I’m notorious for paying late fees at my library.


Dee said:

wow! This is something I can totally see myself joining! Why didn’t I think of it?


Janet F said:

Button is on my sidebar:

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com


Cathie said:

Asking me to choose “one” book is like asking a child in the middle of a candy store what she wants first lol…….I love to read anything and everything! I finally narrowed it down to 4 and of those 4 I guess the very first one would be………
‘The Journal of Helene Berr’


Cathie said:

I am a subscriber


Ruby said:

I would love to win…wow, it would be great! I would get “The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended” first.


Lindsay said:

I’ve been really wanting to read “American Wife” I’m glad its on the list


sandra kao said:

i might try Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance By Barack Obama, since he’s going to be president and all….


Jane said:

What a great idea, I already belong to netfix, this is better, I would pick Oprah’s book The Pillars of the Earth .


Ren said:

This sounds like such a great idea! I would add the Twilight Series first.


Ren said:

I subscribe through google reader


BlapherMJ said:

I love this! My first choice would have to be How to Cook Everything. I’m always looking at new cookbooks, recipes, etc. Thanks!


Molly K said:

my first book would be Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson. I love a good romance book. Thanks for the contest!


sarah said:

the first harry potter! i’ve never read them!


Evelyn said:

I really want to read New Moon

January 12, 2009
11:35 am

Linda F said:

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell


Ash said:

Hes just not that into you would defintly be my first book


meredith rogen said:

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel would definitely be my first pick.


Terra Heck said:

I’d first want to read The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

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