Will people pay to rent books?
October 13, 2009
Did you see the rates?
$9.99/mo +$3.99 Shipping – 1 Book a Month – Read 1 book a month
$23.95/mo – 3 Books-at-a-time Light Reader – Read 3 books at a time (free shipping!)
$29.95/mo – 5 Books-at-a-time Casual Reader – Read 5 books at a time (free shipping!)
$35.95/mo – 7 Books-at-a-time Avid Reader – Read 7 books at a time (free shipping!)
$59.95/mo – 11 Books-at-a-time Devout Reader – Read 11 books at a time (free shipping!)
60 bucks a month for 12 months = 720 dollars a year! And the single rate, 14 bucks a book, is hardly a bargain, when at both of the large library systems where I live, patrons can have up to fifty items checked out on each card. For free.
I tried Bookswim for about 3 months (the 3 at a time plan) but when I saw the replacement costs for the books I cancelled. Some books that I could have bought from Amazon or B&N for 20-30 bucks had a listed replacement costs of $75 – $100.
I take care of books but I didn’t want to risk a lost bag on vacation costing me an extra couple hundred dollars.
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