Trying out the new Amazon Kindle Unlimited with no reading boundary? Maybe not | IT Review

Amazon announced in Mid July 2014 it new service – Kindle Unlimited.

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It promises the access to 600,000 books on Amazon for $9.99 per month, a service like Netflix, but for reading.

Access to 600,000 books sounds great, but the book selection itself at launch is a definite lacklustre.

Having a quick trial on selected sections, the number of titles available for Kindle Unlimited service is approximately 50-60% of the popular titles.

Some sampling:

Business & Money > Finance

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Computers & Technology > Web Marketing

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The so-called Big Five publishers – Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, don’t appear to be participating in Kindle Unlimited. After all, having 600,000+ titles doesn’t do much good if it still cannot deliver the titles which the users are the looking for.

Kindle Unlimited, though, costs $120 per year to Prime’s $100. Which is confusing, given that with Prime you also get free shipping, access to Amazon Music, Amazon’s streaming video service, and that Lending Library access.

Kindle Ownersí Lending Library is a perk available to Amazon Prime members who own Kindles: They can borrow one ebook a month from a library of 615,038 titles.

Nevertheless, Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial for Amazon Kindle Unlimited service.

Quick coverage for the Kindle Unlimited:

– $9.99/month subscription
– Over 600,000 ebooks
– Over 2,o00 audiobooks
– Over 150,000 audiobooks via a complimentary 3-month Audible membership
– iOS, Android, and Fire HDX support for both ebooks and audiobooks.
– Windows support for ebooks
– 10 titles can be accessed at one time
– 6 devices can access the service at one time

Kindle Unlimited selection is definitely limited and in any case, it is highly unlikely one can cover so many books in one month. It might be more worthwhile to consider the lending library under the existing Amazon Prime service.

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