Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Place for Library Haters

A few months back, my wife sent me this link to a message board where this person was asking a question along the lines of "is there a NetFlix, but for books?" Everyone was like, "Yeah nerd--it's called a library!"

Well apparently there are a lot of people out there who are like the person on the message board--they've never heard of a library, because I just heard about a new service that bills itself the Netflix for Books. It's called PaperSpine, and you can subscribe to it for the low, low price of 10 to 25 dollars a month! Full details about the plans are below.

The claim the average person who reads three books a month will save 400 dollars month by loaning the books instead of buying them. They even act like this idea of borrowing books is a revolutionary idea!

They're offering a great, unique, service; why not mention libraries? They could have something along the lines of, "Sure you could go to the library and borrow books, and get this exact same service for free, but then you'd have to interact with people--plus you can get the dirty books, and nobody will ever no!"

Wanna hear something even dumber? When I told my wife about this, she said, "Oh, that's nothing, check out BookSwim!" What's dumber then PaperSpine you ask? There's enought of a market for two places to offer the same thing!


destinee said...

The thing is, popular books are sometimes hard to get from public libraries. At the Seattle Public Library there are like over 300 people on the wait list to get that Last Lecture book (and the library only has 49 copies).

Anonymous said...

Ah, but now that my library limits holds and I have trouble getting the books I want fast, I may indeed be interested in Paperspine!! It seems cheaper than the "original" Bookswim.

My library has DVDs too...but again, I can't reserve them and I can rarely find the ones I want in (and I work at the library). So I am a very happy Netflix customer. Soon to be Paperspine customer too?

Anonymous said...

LinkPlus, people.