Kindle Unlimited is a book, magazine, and audiobook subscription service by Amazon that costs $9.99. We break down what exactly this service is, and whether it makes sense for you to sign up for it.
You don’t need a Kindle to access Kindle Unlimited. Readers who use the Kindle app on any device are free to sign up, using their existing U.S Amazon account. Once you pay the $9.99 monthly fee, you will be able to borrow up to 10 audiobooks, books, and magazines at a time and return them whenever you’re done. The Kindle Unlimited catalog is constantly updated with new titles and they recommend reading material based on your preferences. When you see a title you like, hover over it to open it or save it for later by adding it to your library.
The big question is whether Kindle Unlimited is right for you. This depends on the kind of reading you prefer and how fast you read. You would have to read at least four Kindle Unlimited titles a month to make the subscription worth it.
The titles available under the Kindle Unlimited service are mostly self-published material in niche categories. If you’re a genre reader who would like to explore new and upcoming authors that haven’t broken through to the mainstream yet, then this service will be right up your alley.
However, if your reading tastes are more mainstream and you like to keep up with long-list novels, prize winners, and bestsellers, then you might find Kindle Unlimited titles a bit obscure. However, make no mistake, most Kindle Unlimited titles are all rated very high by readers, so they’re by no measure inferior to titles you would buy on the main Kindle App. Ultimately, it’s a matter of taste and reading pace.