It was only a matter of time, but if you like to read a lot (or listen to audiobooks) Amazon has introduced Kindle Unlimited! For $9.99 a month subscribers will have access to over 600,000 eBooks via a Kindle or Kindle app and thousands of audio books. The 600,000 titles is only a small portion of what Amazon fully offers online. Their current dispute with publisher Hachette may be a reason for a lack of titles; 600,000 is still a lot of titles. On Friday, investors seemed to be happy with the plan.
Amazon is not the first company to offer a subscription service for eBooks. For $8.99 a month Scribd offers access to 400,000 titles and for $9.95 a month Oyster offers access to 500,000 titles. Also, do not forget that if you are an Amazon Prime member you have access to one book per month free through their lending library. Lending Library books are only available via Kindle devices.
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Critics have pointed out that this is another step Amazon is taking to kill the physical book. Also, critics of the Kindle Unlimited plan point out that subscribers would be paying $120 for a library card. Personally, I do not plan to subscribe to the service at this time. I may actually buy a Kindle because as a Prime customer I still do not take advantage of the lending library and I would like to do so. I do not think subscribing to Kindle Unlimited is the same as paying for a library card. Subscribers would be able to access a book anytime and anywhere they are able to connect to Amazon instead of driving to their local library branch.
Any big time readers plan to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited? There is currently a 30 day free trial period available if you want to give it a try. I would love to hear from anyone that decides to give a try. Happy Reading!