If you like reading a ton Kindle Unlimited is one of the best investments out there. Note: Despite what the name may sound like, you don’t need a kindle!
Kindle Unlimited from Amazon markets itself as a platform where you read unlimited books for less than $10/month. That sounds too good to be true?
Well, it is a bit! In this Kindle Unlimited Review, I’ll dive into Kindle Unlimited and its features and if Kindle Unlimited is actually worth it or not.
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Kindle Unlimited Review
About Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service from Amazon. You don’t need a kindle in order to read the books, you can just download and use the iOS or Android app on your device.
Right off the bat, you need to understand that with Kindle Unlimited you aren’t going to get access to each and book on Amazon. You have access to a book only if the publisher decides to enroll in Kindle Unlimited, most new books aren’t automatically added.
However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have some great books! Hell, you can get the entire Harry Potter Collection along with bestsellers like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and a 1000s more, check out the entire list here.
+ You can get the audiobooks of the books for free! What? Yeah! If you’ve read my articles you know that I am a massive Audible fan, but I do admit that it can be pricey at 15$/book and the fact that you can unlimited audiobooks along with ebooks with Kindle unlimited is absolutely insane.
Kindle Unlimited is an amazing subscription plan that allows you to access a large selection of titles from the Kindle Store. With a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can access hundreds of thousands of Kindle books. You can keep up to ten titles to read on any Amazon device or Kindle reading app and there are no due dates.
Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?
Honestly it depends, there is 2 major downsides with Kindle Unlimited.
1. No Books by Major Publishing Houses
One of the major downside with Kindle Unlimited is that you can’t have books by the major publishing houses like Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, or Hachette. That means that popular new bestsellers won’t be on Kindle Unlimited.
However, Kindle Unlimited does expose you to many new independent authors which is a great plus.
2. Sharing Kindle Unlimited
Unlike with an Amazon Prime Membership, You can’t share Kindle Unlimited between Amazon accounts. You can still use the Kindle Unlimited account on multiple devices but you have to be logged in with the same Amazon account.
Kindle Unlimited Pricing
A Kindle Unlimited subscription costs $9.99 per month, or $119.98 per year.
However, you can sign up for a 30-day Free trial by clicking the link below.
Note, the link above will give you access to a 1 month free trial of Kindle, sadly you’ll need to add your credit or debit card details. However, you can easily cancel your Kindle Unlimited Subscription so you aren’t billed after the free month.
Is Kindle Unlimited Free For Prime Members?
Amazon Prime members don’t get Kindle Unlimited For free. However, Amazon Prime Users do access to something called Prime Reading which gives you access to a limited selection over 1,000 titles that rotate periodically.
Kindle Unlimited Review FAQs
Does Kindle Unlimited Work Everywhere?
Each Amazon store has their own Kindle Unlimited version. So, you will have to go to the kindle version of your country (eg. Amazon.co.uk) and sign up.
Is Kindle Unlimited Really Unlimited?
Yes. You can borrow and read Unlimited Books with Kindle Unlimited. There’s no limit on how many books you read in a month. The only limitation is having ten titles at one given time.
Do you own the books on Kindle Unlimited?
Unlike on Audible where if you buy a book, you own it and keep it even when you cancel your membership expires; with Kindle Unlimited the moment you cancel your membership, you lose access to everything. So basically Amazon Kindle Unlimited is a lot like a library card.
How do Authors on Kindle Unlimited Get Compensated?
In a time when Artistic Compensation is such a big issue, how do authors do when you read their books on kindle unlimited? Do they get paid or does Amazon exploit them?
Well, according to the most recent payout numbers, Amazon Unlimited pay between $0.004 to $0.005 per 187 words (a page according to Amazon). So if you read a 1000 pages by an author, he/she gets about $5.
That doesn’t sound like much which is why you’re unlikely you find a Stephen King book in Kindle Unlimited, however for authors just getting started out, it’s a great idea as it exposes them to a large number of Amazon Unlimited users.
How much is Kindle Unlimited?
Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 per month, while the annual plan is $119.98 per year.
Can you cancel Kindle Unlimited after free trial?
You can cancel your Kindle Unlimited Free Trial any time you like. If you don’t cancel it before the trial is over you will be charged $9.99/month. Based on how your trial goes you may want to actually renew! Either way, you won’t know until you try so why not give it a whirl.