Booksfree.com

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Booksfree.com is one of the best inventions since…well…the library.  I like to read.  A lot. I was very spoiled by the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh.  My mom and I spent many hours there and I would go home with a bag full of books.  I always found what I wanted and if I did have to go on a waiting list for a new book, the wait was usually only a few days. 

The books I want to read at our local library are frequently checked out or listed as lost.  Buying the books I wanted to read was getting expensive so I decided to try booksfree.com.  Booksfree works like netflix.  You make an online list of the books you would like to read and they send you books from your list.  You keep the books as long as you like and then you send them back in the enclosed media mailers.  There is no contract and you can cancel at any time.

You pick the membership level that works best for you.  You can receive 2 books at a time for $9.99/mo, 4 at a time for $15.99/mo, 6 at a time for $21.99/mo, 9 at a time for $29.99/mo or 12 at a time for $37.99/mo.  Audiobook and Combo plans are also available.

I have the 4 at a time option.  Two books come in each mailing so if I do it right, I have 2 books at home and 2 in the mail.

One of the best parts about booksfree to me is that it warns you if you try to select a book you have already read.  I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased a book I thought I had not read because the description on the book jacket had been changed.  SO FRUSTRATING.

I have been a member of booksfree since July of 2005.   I have borrowed 207 books from booksfree.

I have “donated” 35 books to booksfree.  For each donated book, I receive $1 in credit towards the purchase of a book.  This came in handy when I allowed one of my booksfree books to get swallowed by a wave at the beach.

I cannot say enough about the wonderful customer service at booksfree. They are great if books get waylaid or lost in shipping and they will send out replacement mailers the same day as your request.  They will also send you free mailers to send your donated books in. They send you an email when your books are received and when they are shipped.  They also tell you the suggested retail price of the books they are shipping so you can really see your savings.

Let’s just say I would have paid an average of $9 for the 207 books I have borrowed…I would have paid $1,863 to purchase those books.  With booksfree, I have paid $476.67 to borrow those same 207 books.  That is still a lot of money, but I don’t have to find the time to go to the library (and be frustrated with the selection), I get to put books on my list before they are even released, I ensure that I don’t buy a book I have already read, I can read reviews online while I make my selections, and I receive recommendations based on my previous books.  LOVE IT!!

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About emilypage

I have been married to my husband, Ed since 1998. We have two daughters, Hailey (9) and Leah (6). I have been the Director of Easter Seals UCP Stepping Stones Children's Center in Sanford since 2004. I am an Independent Senior Director for Thirty-One and I absolutely LOVE it! I was raised as a Wolfpacker but saw the light and now I bleed Carolina blue (sorry, dad).
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6 Responses to Booksfree.com

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    This sounds like a great idea. A literary version of Netflix–bibliophiles will be drooling at the thought.

    I just released a novel on my site, available for free downloading and reading. It’s a supernatural mystery…and you don’t have to wait in a queue to get it. Just a thought…

  2. Don’t forget: We save money on Satellite TV. There is no way you could live without it if you didn’t have books to read.

  3. Nick says:

    what about bookswim.com? I love reading books as soon as they come out, and I hate waiting for softcovers to come out so I usually fork over the big bucks for the hardcovers… Just wondering if you tried out any other services first…

  4. emilypage says:

    I did not try any other services. When a book I want to read comes out, I go ahead and reserve it on booksfree. Before I know it, it is out in paperback.

  5. Lincy says:

    I just got wind of this sight a few days ago,I am an avid book reader and I cant wait to receive my books,they have everything!Plus you save lots of money!!

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