What is Kindle Unlimited and How Much Does It Cost?

Kindle Unlimited Review

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 a lot of excellent reasons to opt into this subscription service.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.


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10 thoughts on “What is Kindle Unlimited and How Much Does It Cost?”

  1. Wow, you certainly can’t beat the price of Kindle Unlimited! And audio books to boot. What a great service. For someone who reads a lot this sounds wonderful.

    You say that there are some books that aren’t so good. Is there a place that all or most of these Kindle titles can be reviewed?

    It’s too bad you won’t find many best sellers. However, a best selling book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great book and vice versa.

    Thanks for letting us know about this great program!

    1. Hi! You can always download a sample of any Kindle book (Kindle Unlimited or not), to check. That said, that’s what the star review system is supposed to be for. But at least if you get a dud, you’re not out extra money.

      Thanks for visiting!

  2. I currently use Kindle and buy a book a month 

    Reading this post is great as if I up my reading to more books this will definitely save me a lot of money over time

    Do they have self help books and personal development books in the unlimited kindle as this is my field of work and I love reading different topics on these subjects?

    A great post filled with all I needed to know except for the self-help side- Would love to know if this is on the app

    1. Excellent question!! Yes! They have self-help, non-fiction, and business books in Kindle Unlimited. Any genre is available for the KU program. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  3. interring I like the books, but like others they like to e the move. I guess we as a group get tired of reading. the mind is not train , I guess we have to train the mind.

  4. Thank you for sharing such amazing tool for those who like to read. I didn’t know about the existence of such subscription before reading this post. I do agree that for $10, the value we get from Kindle Unlimited is enormous. I like that they include the audiobook feature because I can listen to it while driving or cooking. I will definitely recommend this to my many reader friends. I am a science fiction lover and I will be sure to check out ‘Ice Planet Barbarians’. Thank you for the recommendation and I look forward to more posts like this in the future. Cheers!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! Audiobooks are definitely an excellent bonus so you can keep reading if you need to clean or cook or workout or have a commute to work. The value is definitely enormous if you read a ton. 

  5. I love the kindle and have been on the boderline to check the kindle unlimited. I commute to work and having something to read keeps me out of trouble and ease the commute while enjoying a good read. I gave up the kindle for the audio books but there are times when i just want the good old read instead of listening and i don’t like to add any more weight on my commute. I don’t mind that you dont get to keep the books if you cancel, if i really like the book, and this is rare, i always order the hard copy if its available at a good price.

    Every time I order a book and its on the Kindle unlimited, see the difference in price and this is the reason i will probably go for it. Thanks for the post. this is on my to list. 

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