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Netflix for books

Postby cgkanchi » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:03 pm

So, you know how, with a Netflix subscription you can get unlimited DVDs with no late fees? Well, there are now three services that do the same, but with books!
http://www.booksfree.com/
http://www.paperspine.com/
http://www.bookswim.com/

Does anyone know of a similar service in the UK?

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Re: Netflix for books

Postby Harry » Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:53 pm

Giganews? :P
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Re: Netflix for books

Postby cgkanchi » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:47 pm

LOL. I use gigapedia myself. Also, irc.undernet.org #bookz. It is nice to have access to hard copies though...
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Re: Netflix for books

Postby rapier57 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:46 am

Around here, we have this thing called a public library. You go get a (free) library card and you can check out as many books as you want. They do require that you return them in a specified period, but you can usually read the books in that time.

We can even get e-books, now, and a lot of the browsing and all can be done online.
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Re: Netflix for books

Postby cgkanchi » Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:20 am

There is a public library here, but their selection of the kind of stuff I tend to read is a bit limited. The reason I'm looking for a service like this is that I would expect them to have more obscure stuff than a normal public library...
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Re: Netflix for books

Postby rapier57 » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:59 pm

I was being an ornery cuss, so don't take it too seriously.

However, you would be surprised at the capability of your public library. Interlibrary loans, reserves, and other services available. Some of these carry a small fee. Usually, though, there is none and of course, we all pay for this via local taxes. Probably one of the greatest benefits of local government in the US, and one of the best kept secrets.
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Re: Netflix for books

Postby Harry » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:24 am

I usually to go to Amazon instead of the library as usually the type of books I want are not in library's (that sounds rude ) but when Amazon did not have a book in stock that I needed urgently a few weeks ago I asked the library if they could get it and it was there in two days - it was a book on encryption algorithms and not something they usually would have but the library bird said they have a huge central repository full of books that are not borrowed regularly enough to warrant a space on the main shelfs...

Was pretty impressed with them - had to pay £1.25 though :sad:
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Re: Netflix for books

Postby rapier57 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:38 am

Hey, cheap at twice the price, eh?




Oh, wait, we talking sterling, right. What, that must be $5k US, right?

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Re: Netflix for books

Postby Harry » Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:13 am

Lol, in todays climate it's probably either $0.001 or $10000000000000..
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