services 12.16.08

Book Sharing

For eco-friendly, instant-gratification reading, you want the Kindle (though it's sold out at least until February). For pinching pennies, the public library can't be beat. But there are other options out there, too, that can keep the costs of your filthy reading habit in check.

There are pay services such as BookSwim (inevitably: Netflix for book lovers), which allows you to hold paperbacks or hard covers for as long as you want. What we don't like about them? Their PR person emailed us saying the plans start at $9.95 a month. That's not technically untrue, but the deal is actually $9.95 for the first month for the least expensive plan. After that, it jumps to $19.98.

BooksFree isn't free, though shipping is. You can sign up for $9.99 a month, which gets you two paperback books at a time.

America's BookShelf has a slightly more complicated, but less expensive setup. There's an annual fee of $12 and you'll need to be willing to share the books on your bookshelves. Each book you receive will set you back $3.50.

BookMooch takes a different tack. There are no costs, except for mailing. Give someone a book, earn a point which you can redeem to get a book. A similar concept for paperbacks at PaperBack Swap, which has a printable postage option.

BookCrossing is essentially a catch-and-release idea—books are left in the "wild" for you to pick up, read, and then return to a public place. Right now there are 28 books in NYC.

And to help you select your next book, check out:
Shelfari
Goodreads
What Should I Read Next



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