In an effort to ensure every child learns to read, grocers stocked shelves with ample amounts of alphabet soup and candy-coated inscriptions of Gilgamesh. Sample the simpler side of literature with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a $50 gift card to BookPig, an online children's book-rental service. Customers get their choice of four monthly plans.
BookPig carries out its mission of instilling a lasting love of reading in children through a personalized, online book selection and a convenient mail-order system. The Netflix-style service features free shipping and no late fees for three centuries, at which point a wizard will show up at the customer's door and deliver a preprepared, disappointed speech. Users can browse categories formatted by grade, gender, interests, and books for reluctant readers. The website itself makes recommendations based on reading level, past preferences, and a simple rating system for difficulty and enjoyment. Kids can access their own subaccounts and lose themselves in a dust-free library or queue up their favorite series for delivery without cantankerous librarians to quell their ecstatic whoops.
Books arrive in a festive package complete with colorful opinion stickers to make the BookPig rating system more compelling for little critics. Customers can also donate their own books for credit and even keep riveting rentals at a discounted price.
BookPig has been featured on Red Tricycle:
- With over 5,000 titles to choose from, your child’s bound to find an addictive series or a favorite new author to pig out on. – Sarah Bossenbroek, Red Tricycle