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what is difference between prime and kindle unlimited?


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Initial post: Jul 18, 2014 7:27:20 AM PDT
what is difference between prime and kindle unlimited

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:33:12 AM PDT
Prime membership is not required - KU is a separate subscription.

If you look at the product description pages for books that were part of the KOLL, they no longer mention it. They now refer to KU. I'm guessing they are discontinuing the KOLL in favor of KU.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:39:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2014 7:42:04 AM PDT
Prime is a shipping program. For $99 per year, Prime eligible items ship in 2 days for no additional charge. There are a few additional perks that come with Prime. The Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) allows you to borrow 1 book per month and you can stream select videos for no additional charge.

Kindle Unlimited is an unannounced program that would, if rumors are to be believed, allow you to borrow an unlimited number of select books for $9.99 a month.

I stand corrected. It appears that Kindle Unlimited is now available.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:42:36 AM PDT
FQ - Kindle Unlimited is active as of today. You can borrow up to 10 books at a time, and they can be read on all devices registered to the account, not just Kindles.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 7:48:20 AM PDT
So, it is true??? For just $9.99 a month I can order any 10 Kindle books a month and there is NO individual ebook charge? My goodness, this will be like a kid in a candy shop....if it is true. Let me know please, somebody!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:49:27 AM PDT
Go look at the announcement page. There's no need to sit here and wait on other people to tell you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:50:27 AM PDT
Charlie Fox says:
No, not ANY 10 Kindle books, only the ones eligible.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:50:37 AM PDT
loriltx says:
Not ANY 10 Kindle books. It is limited to certain books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:51:15 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Also, you are borrowing them. You don't get to keep them forever.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 7:52:01 AM PDT
Not ANY 10 books. There are 600,000 books that are part of the KU. The last estimate I saw (and I don't remember where I saw it) was that there are something in the neighborhood of 2,000,000 books in the Kindle store.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 7:57:06 AM PDT
Julie D. says:
As far as I can tell, most of the books that were available for to borrow free on Kindle Prime every month are now Unlimited. I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, but that effectively removes that benefit from Prime. Which is very, very annoying. Yes, Prime is a shipping program but it is the extra benefits that make me keep it. I am perfectly willing to wait 5 business days for free shipping without Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:00:13 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
But KOLL is a very small benefit of Prime. The shipping and video benefits are much greater. Prime is not worth the money just for the KOLL.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:01:00 AM PDT
Mary McManus says:
As of today (7/18/14) they have not discontinued Prime books. I just checked one out. If you bring up the complete product page, it does show Prime next to the price. Then as usual, go to your Kindle and check it out from there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:04:53 AM PDT
No, it doesn't. The books that were available for me to borrow via Prime are STILL available to me. It's just that now people can PAY $10/mo to ONLY borrow books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:06:41 AM PDT
Julie D. says:
No, but it matters to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:08:32 AM PDT
Julie D. says:
The only way I have to know is by looking at books in my Wish List. All but one of those which formerly said PRIME now say UNLIMITED and there is no mention of Prime for them. That is what I've based my conclusions on.

If that isn't the case, then Amazon has done a terrible job of making it obvious or letting Prime members know how this might affect them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:09:01 AM PDT
When I look at the books on my computer, it shows a price (not $0.00) with the Prime logo, but says nothing about the KOLL. It only mentions KU. I won't have the opportunity to check on my PW until lunch.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 8:09:02 AM PDT
Let's extrapolate this. At the new renewal amount of $99, Prime is $8.25 a month, with the fabulous shipping upgrade, the tons of free video streaming, free music streaming, one free book to KEEP a month, and *one* free borrow a month.

For $10 a month, you get LOTS MORE books to borrow, but no shipping or videos.

For my money, I'd rather pay $8.25 a month and get all the other Prime stuff (the videos alone have paid for themselves many, many, many times over, already) and just get the one borrow per month.

I have other sources for my reading material; gimme the shipping and the music and the videos, charge-it-please-and-thank-you-very-much.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:09:37 AM PDT
Julie D. says:
On my Kindle it isn't showing up that way. I'm not going to leap out of bed in the night and run to my computer to see if they kept the Prime for a book that now says Unlimited. If it has both, then they need to say so when I'm looking at my Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:11:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2014 8:12:25 AM PDT
Did you click on an actual BOOK and see if it still has the Borrow For Free button?

I did. And it does. (Meaning I did it from my actual Kindle. It has a stamp for KU, but it still has buttons for both BUY and BORROW FOR FREE.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:19:59 AM PDT
"The only way I have to know is by looking at books in my Wish List."

I still don't understand this statement.

I picked a random book: The Scent of Murder (Marissa Scott mysteries Book 1) . Here online it shows BOTH Prime eligible AND in the KU.

When I use the Store in my actual Kindle, and pull up that SAME book, sure and bloody well enough, it ALSO shows a button for Borrow For Free AND available with KU.

What.Is.Your.Question? I don't understand. As far as I can tell, you can STILL borrow the SAME books with Prime as you could before.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:22:09 AM PDT
Julie D. says:
Interesting. I tried it and mine don't ... they just have the Kindle Unlimited and now charge for Prime. Oh well, it isn't worth wasting time talking about. It will all shake out eventually, one way or t'other.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:24:38 AM PDT
Jillybean says:
Overdrive is a free service through the library that you can borrow 10 ebooks for free and they have alot bigger selection. Why not just do that and use the $9.99 subscription savings to buy the occasional book that the library doesn't have? The overdrive app can be used on kindle, ipad, etc. If you like audiobooks, those are available, and some libraries also have audiobooks on another free app called Hoopla. I am not big on audiobooks but I do love the overdrive app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:26:18 AM PDT
Yes, but now non-Prime subscribers can not only borrow e-books but they can borrow more than one a month and don't have to have or use a Kindle.

It's not about what she doesn't get, it's that others now have another option. Can't have that, now, can we?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2014 8:27:11 AM PDT
I did, and then read it again, and again....it is NOT clear that just ANY 10 books, it just says limit of 10 books. So I asked, and got my answer, thank you.
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