Travelling library of the best children’s books – in your 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 children’s books of the same language to each other. Boxes of books travel automatically from family to family.

Swap Circle
Swap In & Out

When a box arrives, parents can keep 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 4 to 6 weeks. It’s a “swap circle” also known as “swircle”.

The Swircle algorithm makes sure that only the top 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

Pick Interests

1: Create Profile

When you sign up, tell us about your family. Select ages, languages and interests; create wishlists and skiplists. The more you tell us, the better we are at matching books to your children. Your first box of 10 to 20 books will be matched and delivered to you.

Swap Books

2: Swap Books

You can flip through books and choose which books to keep with the Swircle Web App. You can also give away your own books to earn extra Swap Points, by scanning the barcodes. The more Swap Points you have, the more books you can take. Only books approved by our team are allowed.

Ship Onwards

3: Ship Onwards

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

Repeat & Improve

4: Repeat & Improve

Every 4 to 6 weeks, a new box of books will be matched and delivered to you automatically. The books you receive each time is 2/3 based on the info you give us, and 1/3 a surprise. Updating your preferences will improve your recommendations!

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

Swircle Community

Support Your Language

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 has already pre-launched to early supporters! You can already start using Swircle here. However, we need 2000 families interested in Swircle before we can officially launch. In addition, 200 families need to be interested in the same language in the same country before that language is activated. Help launch Swircle by supporting your language now.

How much does it cost?

The price starts at 13,90 € per month, which includes all costs of shipping to and from you. For this, you will receive 10 to 20 pre-matched books every 4 to 6 weeks. You can choose which books to keep. If you keep more books than you have to give, you can buy additional Swap Points.

How many books can I keep?

You start with 35.000 Swap Points which will allow you to keep 2 to 6 books in the beginning. If you give away more books, then you can keep more books. Each book has a point value. When you give away books, you earn Swap Points; when you take books, you use up the Swap Points. Your points will fluctuate from month to month and this is normal. If, however, you decide to always keep more books than you give, you can pay for extra Swap Points.

What kind of books will I receive?

The books your receive is influenced by your wishlist, skiplist and preferences. The Swircle algorithm analyzes boxes of books and matches them to children who are most likely to enjoy them. Only the top books in your language is allowed in Swircle. The list of approved books in our collection is always increasing. The books you receive each time is 2/3 based on the info you give us, and 1/3 a surprise. 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. 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 Web App. The app will tell you if your book is allowed (it must be in our approved top list) and tell you how many points you will earn. If the book is allowed, 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 Swap Point value. Every book that you give or take will add and subtract points from your account. Everyone starts with 35.000 Swap Points which will allow you to take 2 to 6 books. If that’s not enough and you don’t have books to give, then you simply buy the additional Swap Points. The cost will be equal to 30 to 70% of the cost of the book.

More information available in the Help Section

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Swircle Overview

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)