Netflix for Books

Book Swim

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the audio version of netflix for books with reader, blogger, and Samhain editor, Angie, noting additional services such as http://www.booksfree.com/cds/ and http://www.simplyaudiobooks.co…..ent/dp/45/. Now, there is truly a Netflix for Books, Bookswim, to be launched in the 4th quarter of 2007. There is no mention of costs, whether royalties are paid to the authors (or in what percentage). More curious and a little disturbing is the front page announcement that you, too, can be an investor in this start up company.

One thing I did like was the option to buy the book if you wanted to keep it. Again, no word on costs so I don’t know if you buy it at a reduced cost or whether the books shipped out are all new. It’s something for readers to keep their eye out for and authors to worry about in terms of missed royalties, if any.

Via Teleread.

Edited to add, blogger Sybil noted that Booksfree offers a similar service for paperbacks. It’s costly though, requiring a monthly payment of 8.49 for 2 books a month.

Edited to add: I emailed the PTB, and was informed that Bookswim is fully funded for the first year and that pricing plans will start at $15/month. I dunno. Buffet pricing for books. I always love the idea of the Buffet but never eat enough to justify the okay food and the higher price.

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