One of my new favorite websites is Geek Girlfriends, written by Christina Tynan-Wood. The site itself is new, meant to be a companion to her tentatively titled upcoming book Girlfriend to Girlfriend Guide to Technology. I’m a gadget girl myself, and having married a geek, find the world of technology somewhat fascinating.
Christina’s latest post, however, has a decidedly non-technological bent to it in that it reviews the online book rental store Book Swim. I had no idea such a place existed. Think Netflix or Gamestop with books instead of DVDs or video games. As with those other services, you fill up your queue with a wish list of must-haves and receive them in the mail within a matter of days.
Nathan and I checked out the site yesterday and were pretty impressed with what we saw. They have several tiers of membership, ranging from two books at a time to eleven books at a time (though I can’t think of why anyone would need eleven books at once). As with Netflix, the shipping is free and you’re mailed a new book as soon as you return one to Book Swim.
Nathan wanted to sign up right away, especially since he saw they offered collections of graphic novels, but I think we’ll hold off for a bit. We don’t exactly have the time to devote to serial reading at the moment. However, Book Swim does not just offer novels. They also rent out cookbooks, children’s books, self-help books and pretty much any book you can think of. Even erotica, though if I were Book Swim, I’m not sure I’d be too anxious to get those books back.