Reviewer Michelle Kaye Malsbury:
Michelle was born in Champaign, IL. Currently, she resides in Asheville, NC
and is in her second year of doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale with specialization/concentration in
conflict resolution and peace studies. She has over six hundred
articles published on the web and one book published thus far with
many more in the wings. Hobbies include; reading, writing, music, and
playing with her Australian Cattle Dog, Abu.
Let me introduce you to Bookswim.com or 1-877-Bookswim. Bookswim is your non-traditional book renter. Norm Goldman, editor/owner of Bookpleasures was approached by the owner of Bookswim to review his services and products, but Norm lived in Canada and the books could not ship to Canada so he asked me if I would be willing to review this relatively new service provider. I accepted this challenge and the results of that review are below.
Bookswim.com is an easily navigable web site for renting books of various genres by numerous authors and that ease of navigability helps make this process more enjoyable. There are a variety of plans to pick from depending on how much/little you read and what best fits your budget. Prices range from $9.95 per month to $59.95 per month depending on how many or few books you like to read. I just noticed that for a short while Bookswim is running a special where you can sign up for any plan for just $9.95! And that includes shipping both ways too!
The first thing you do is check which plan best fits your thirst to read, select next, fill in your account and shipping information, determine if you want the free shipping or expedited shipping (faster if you want it that way, but also incurs additional costs), and then begin selecting the types of books you like to read. You can search for books according to title or author. There are old and new books, title-wise and so many to choose from that you will feel like you are at a book store instead of sitting at your laptop.
I was given a two month free membership in order to perform this review, but the owner, Norm, and I may be the only ones who were aware of that. I followed all of the steps detailed above and waited for an e-mail confirmation that my order was being compiled and shipped. All started out fine and both confirmations came along without a hitch. A few days later I received an e-mail telling me that my selections could not ship as anticipated, but no other explanations were given. I replied to customer service and the owner asking them what was amiss and why those books could not ship. A few days later I got a reply and the books were shipped. The books arrived a week or so later, exactly as I had originally reserved. I had one Stuart Woods book, one Michael Crichton, and the newest Dan Brown novel in that parcel. The next mishap came when there was no return label. Remember I was being treated like a regular customer and this is perhaps the very best one can hope for in a review sense. I called the 877 number listed above and spoke to an actual person who was concerned and helpful in remedying this problem. The return label arrived a few days after that call to customer service. I devoured and enjoyed them all and I’ve just sent them all back.
If I were asked to rate their service on a scale of one to ten, ten being the top, I would give them a ten for customer service and an eight for my first experience with them. Not bad all things considered. So if any of you are looking for a unique way to read without spending a lot of money purchasing your favorite authors this may be something you want to consider. You can tweak it to work however you want and suspend or cancel your membership at any time without penalty. What more could you ask for? Jump right in and join Bookswim.com.