Rent a Book: Save Trees and Money 2/8/2008 7:30:58 AM



Most trees used for books production come from so called "managed timberlands". These trees are an agricultural crop - like vegetables on a farm. They are grown to be made into products for human use. Not using paper in order to save trees is like not eating salad in order to “save” vegetables. However, Tree farms are not biologically diverse and the result is a worldwide loss of wildlife habitat and soil erosion.

Every year, tens of millions of trees are cut down in the production of books, and the $40 billion book industry have demonstrated limited concern regarding the impact on the environment. Anything we can do to save on paper use can help alleviate this problem, not to mention saving resources like water and energy.

BookSwim is the first online book rental library club lending you paperbacks and hardcover directly to your house without the need to purchase! Whether it's New Releases, Bestsellers, or Classics, they got over 185,000 titles to choose from, with free shipping both ways! Read your books as long as you want. Even choose to purchase and keep the titles you love.

A monthly plan, with free shipping, both ways, is cheaper than a new hardcover and subscribers manage their own online book rental pool, so they’ll always get books they want. Like Netflix, when the subscriber is finished with a batch of books, they simply put them in the mail and new books from the customized online pool get shipped. BookSwim offers unlimited books per month, no due dates and no late fees, ever.

The book rental model is the ideal distribution schema for environmentally conscious readers. “Renting a book instead of purchasing means that less paper is consumed and, ultimately, less trees are cut down,” says chief operating officer, Shamoon Siddiqui.

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