If you have been reading ebooks for a while now, you might have heard about something called Kindle Unlimited. You may be wondering what is Kindle Unlimited and how much does it cost? Is it a good choice for me? Is it worth it?
Let’s explore the Kindle Unlimited program, shall we?
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service available from Amazon for the price of $9.99 a month. For that $10, you get to borrow and read as many Kindle books as you want. No joke. If you read two books a day, you could read 60 books for only $10! Sounds amazing right?
Do you need to have a Kindle ereader to read these books? Nope! No Kindle, no problem! Just download the free Kindle app for your phone or tablet or even your computer. Feel free to check out my post on the free ereader apps available, including the Kindle app.
Kindle Unlimited is completely separate from Prime Reading and isn’t included in your Prime membership. Kindle Unlimited has a lot more of a selection if you aren’t satisfied with Prime Reading.
So is there a catch?
Pros of Kindle Unlimited
- There are over one million titles in the Kindle Unlimited program
- No due date! Keep the book as long as you want.
- Borrow up to 10 titles at a time
- Unlimited books for one low price
- Audiobooks are included. Read and listen to your favorites on Audible.
- Available in multiple countries like the UK, Canada, Germany, France and more.
- Free trial! Just cancel before the 30 days are up.
- Memberships are giftable.
- You’re borrowing. No more buying unknown authors to find out they definitely need to have their books edited and going through the hassle of a refund.
- Magazines are included, and many are quite popular!
The Catch – Cons
As with any product or service available anywhere, there are a few downsides or limitations.
- Only certain titles are available and have to be exclusive to Amazon for the minimum 90-day commitment the Kindle Unlimited program requires.
- Only audiobooks with the free Whispersync for Voice audiobook upgrade are free with the subscription. Just check for the “with narration” icons.
- Not all books are excellent and I have found a lot of mediocre and pretty bad books in the Kindle Unlimited program. There are excellent ones too, but you have to wade through some crap too.
- Many books published from big publishers aren’t available in KU.
- You won’t find many bestsellers and bestselling authors in the Kindle Unlimited program.
- International customers of the Amazon.com website aren’t eligible to purchase Kindle Unlimited. You have to subscribe through your country’s Amazon website.
- You don’t get to keep them. If you cancel your membership, all items are returned.
Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?
This answer depends on your reading habits, to be honest. The Kindle Unlimited subscription isn’t right for everyone.
It IS worth it, if you:
- Read a LOT
- Read quite a lot of independently published books
- Love trying new authors
It is NOT worth it, if you:
- Read only one or two books per month
- Read bestsellers and books by major publishers only
- Stick to your favorite authors who aren’t in Kindle Unlimited
- You prefer reading on an ereader like a Nook
There is a 30-day free trial, so there’s nothing to lose by trying it out for yourself. No need to take my word for it!
Are There Good Titles in Kindle Unlimited?
Yes! Absolutely! Keep in mind there are a lot of bad and mediocre ones too, but there are some excellent ones too. I’m not normally a subscriber because I don’t read a lot of new to me authors each month. I do check out new authors, but I read all their books before moving on to a new one. However, I got KU for two months for only $0.99 so I jumped on it.
Let me give you a couple of my favorites in the Kindle Unlimited program.
Right now, I am reading my way through a science fiction romance series that might be kind of out there for most readers, but it’s seriously addicting! It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. There’s also a LOT of books in this series, so it being available on Kindle Unlimited is making my day. To check out Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon, click below!
If you’re more of a contemporary romance reader, Lara Adrian’s 100 Series is now in Kindle Unlimited. She’s a previous New York Times and USA Today bestselling author! It’s also a very fun series.
Even the Harry Potter series is available in Kindle Unlimited!! Awesome! If you’ve always wanted to read it, this is your time!
Want to read the Hunger Games? That’s available too! In fact, I just borrowed it!
To Do It or Not to Do It?
As you can see, it isn’t just those independently and cheaply published books. There are a lot of excellent independently published authors out there, definitely. I love quite a few of them. Just be forwarned, it’s a lot like mining. You only sometimes strike gold unless you go by recommendations only.
Personally, I never thought I would like it as much as I do. I don’t have a limited amount of books available anytime I’m looking for something to read. However, it’s awesome to be rereading an awesome series on my Kindle that I bought in paperback. Or loving a series you just can’t put down and need to wait until payday for the next one is a thing of the past.
I highly recommend trying the free membership, even if just to see if it’s right for you. It’s definitely a money-saver if you read more than you can financially afford to buy. You might be surprised how much you enjoy it.
Are any of you a Kindle Unlimited subscriber? Do you like it? Hate it? Lemme know your experiences with Kindle Unlimited by leaving a comment below.