Travelling library of the best children’s books – in any language

Take books you’d like to read, give away books you no longer read, and do it from the comfort of your home. Powered by community – curated & maintained by technology.

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This service will launch only when at least 2000 people support the idea. More details below.

WHAT IS SWIRCLE?

It is a “swap circle”. It is a community of parents giving the top 500 children’s books of the same language to each other. Boxes of books travel automatically from family to family.

When a box arrives, parents can keep any books their children want. They can also give away books that they no longer read by adding them to the box. The box is then sent away and a new box will arrive again every 6 to 8 weeks. Simple! It’s a “swap circle” also known as “swircle”.

The Swircle App makes sure that only the top 500 children’s books are swapped. In addition, Swircle Headquarters will occasionally maintain boxes and add new books to keep the choices interesting.

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The most successful and creative kids have more than 350 books* at home. With Swircle, any child can have the same opportunity.

Swircle is convenient, low-cost and makes books of any language available through the power of community.

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How it Works

1: Pick Language

When you sign up, you select the age group(s) and language(s): Italian, Chinese, German… any language you speak! Your first box of 10 to 20 books will be delivered to your home or the nearest pick-up location of your choice.

2: Swap Books

You can flip through the books and choose which books to keep by scanning the barcodes with the Swircle App. You can also scan books you no longer want, to give them away. Only books in the top 500 list are allowed.

3: Pass it On

When you are ready, a shipping label is created. You print it and use it to ship the box away. The books inside are analyzed and the family that is most likely to enjoy them will receive the box next. Boxes are replaced by Swircle HQ when necessary.

4: Repeat & Improve

Every 6 to 8 weeks, a new box of books will be matched and delivered to you automatically. A minimum match score of 60 is used. Creating a wishlist and setting preferences will improve matches and recommendations. Hurray!

WHICH LANGUAGE IS LEADING?

Bengali

Chinese – Traditional

Chinese – Simplified

Czech

English

Finnish

French

German

Hindi

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Portuguese

Romanian

Russian

Slovenian

Spanish

Turkish

Ukrainian

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Community size matters! 2000 people need to be interested before Swircle is launched. Books in the top languages will be launched first.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Swircle launch?

Swircle is expected to launch a beta version in Summer 2019. However, Swircle only works if there’s a large enough community! We need 2000 families interested in Swircle before we can launch. In addition, 100 families need to be interested in the same language in the same country before that language/country is activated. Help launch Swircle by supporting your language now.

How much does it cost?

The cost is influenced by the shipping costs in the country you live in. We estimate the price to range from 7 to 15 € per month, which includes the cost of shipping. For this, you will receive 10 to 20 books every 4 to 6 weeks. You can choose which books to keep.

How many books can I keep?

You can keep as many books as you want! Each book has a point value. Every book that you give away will add points to your account. Every book that you keep will subtract points from your account. Your points will fluctuate between negative and positive and this is normal. If, however, you decide to always keep more books than you give, you can pay for the extra points. The cost will be equal to 30 to 70% of the cost of the book.

What kind of books will I receive?

The selection of books is influenced by your wishlist, preferences, existing books and community suggestions. The Swircle algorithm analyzes boxes of books and matches them to children who are most likely to enjoy them. Only the top 500 books in your language is allowed in Swircle. In addition, only boxes that have a match score of at least 60 will be sent to you. Ultimately, the boxes are sent directly from family to family. The books are pre-loved and it’s a surprise each time you open a box!

What is the condition of the books?

The books are pre-loved and the conditions range from good to like-new. You can keep just the books you like and are not obligated to keep any books you don’t like. Families should only give away books that are at least in good condition; books in better condition are awarded more points. The community can help maintain quality by flagging books in poor condition. If a book is flagged, the entire box is re-directed to Swircle Headquarters for maintenance during its next shipment.

How do I give away books?

To give away a book, you first scan the barcode of your book with the Swircle App. The app will tell you if your book is allowed (it must be in the top 500 list) and tell you how many points you will earn. If the book is allowed, then the next time you receive a box, you simply add your book to the box and confirm that you’re giving it away on the app. Points will be added to your account.

What if I don't have any books to give?

That’s okay! Each book has a point value. Every book that you give or take will add and subtract points from your account. If you decide to only keep books and not give any, then your points will likely become negative past the normal range. You will simply pay for the extra points. The cost will be equal to 30 to 70% of the cost of the book.

Swircle needs your support! We cannot launch until we have a large enough community. If you think Swircle is a great idea, please support us now!

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Books are Important - Studies

Giving children access to print materials is associated with positive behavioral, educational and psychological outcomes. (“Access to Print Materials Improves Children’s Reading,” study commissioned by Reading is Fundamental, 2010.

The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. (Jeff McQuillan, “The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions,” 1998.)

Children growing up in homes with lots of books are on average three years ahead academically. (M.D.R. Evans et al, “Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations,” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, June 2010)