Amazon announced its new ebook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, in July. Book lovers pay just $10 per month and receive unlimited ebook and audiobook titles, plus there is a 30-day free trial, so would-be users can see what the service has to offer.
Updated on 09-24-2014 by Andy Boxall: Kindle Unlimited is now live in the UK too.
On September 24, Amazon opened up Kindle Unlimited to the UK, promising the same unlimited access to more than 650,000 ebooks, plus 2,000 audiobooks from Audible. The price has been adjusted to £8 per month. Kindle Unlimited can be used by Amazon customers not only in the UK, but also in Ireland, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. The company says other countries will be added in the future.
Kindle Unlimited is available on all of the major platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, and Windows 8. Those who sign up for Kindle Unlimited will also get a free three month Audible membership, which grants them access to the rest of Audible’s 150,000 audiobooks.
One major perk of the Kindle Unlimited service is the integration of some of Kindle’s best features into its interface.
Although the service doesn’t include all the titles you can find available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle ebook store, it does offer many of the most popular titles, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Water for Elephants, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, All the King’s Men, The Princess Bride, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, The Atlantis Gene, Kitchen Confidential, The Blind Side, The Giver, and many more. Amazon’s all you can eat ebook buffet also has a lot of classics, such as Animal Farm, To the Lighthouse, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cat’s Cradle, and The Good Earth.
When it comes to audiobooks, Amazon also put together a nice mix of new and old favorites, including the Hunger Games trilogy, Life of Pi, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Great Santini, Winter’s Tale,Boardwalk Empire, El Narco, Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, and more.
One major perk of the Kindle Unlimited service is the integration of some of Kindle’s best features, such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, X-Ray, and customer reviews, into its interface. Whispersync, which is perhaps the most popular with readers, ensures that you can always pick up exactly where you left off, no matter how many devices you read your books on.
It’s currently unknown how royalties are shared with authors, whether big publishing houses have or will sign up for the service, and, most importantly, how Kindle Unlimited will stack up against Oyster and Scribd. Given Amazon’s massive library and strong following of ebook readers, plus the recent expansion of the service to the UK, it seems likely that Kindle Unlimited will be another success.
Article originally published on 07-18-2014