Netflix is the granddaddy of the rent-by-mail craze, making it tres easy to rent DVDs and video games without stepping off your curb. Now comes BookSwim, with the same paradigm: create a queue of books to read, wait for them to be shipped to you, send them back when done so your next title can be sent out. No shipping or late fees, and keep the books as long as you want. BookSwim claims to have over 150,000 titles, and plans range from $20 USD (3 books at-a-time) to $36 USD (11 books!). We’re curious to see if BookSwim takes off, as it faces stiff competition from a little something called the Public Library, which we hear is free. But, if you live far from the library, BookSwim could be worth a shot.
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These ancient-looking tomes may look like they are merely gathering dust on your bookshelf, but once someone walks by them, the middle one slides out towards its victim and emits eerie sounds. Lifelike at a size of 8 x 8 x 6.5-inches, you can scare your buds with these Possessed Books for $24.95. We wanted to know why they decided to include two copies of Silas Marner, but since we remember it being required reading in school, we figure that no one will mess with either of them before the gadget is triggered.
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So your CDs and DVDs just keep piling up in the corner and you still are housing them in the nearest empty cardboard box. We suggest these Squished Animal Holders as a replacement. Available in cow, pig, or chicken, the two ends resemble wheel tighteners, while the animal in the middle looks like it is becoming road kill. Made of poly resin, each 3-piece set measures 6 x 8.3 x 8-inches and carries an MSRP of $39.95. We know they don’t do much, but they are certainly one of our more amusing finds.
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If you are a bookworm, then Shelfari is the site for you. An online networking site for readers, writers, and publishers, you can find out about other books you might choose to read with others that are into the same topics. A virtual bookshelf, the site allows you to join a group with a preferred author, post your faves, or start your own book club. You can then add to your list and embed it in your blog, website, or social networking site, and send out invitations to others. The service is now in beta and is free to join.
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Is there no end to Googlemania? Google Book Search service allows free downloading and printing of classic novels, as well as many obscure books that are in public domain. You can download them to PDF for reading at your leisure, or print them for instantaneous gratification. Formerly, this service only allowed access to out-of copy books online.
Book Search is part of Google’s Books Library Project, which digitizes books from major libraries and is partnered with the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Oxford University, the University of California and the New York Public Library. Way to go Google! Even we will use this service and think that the keyword generated text ads we have to put up with are worth the price (or in this case, “non-price”).
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