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Kindle Unlimited For $9.99 Per Month

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Initial post: Jul 16, 2014 9:52:53 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2014 9:30:24 AM PDT
Per Gigaom "Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called "Kindle Unlimited" that offers "unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month." Most of the test pages were pulled down Wednesday after some users on the Kindle Boards noticed them, but they are still available through Google Cache and some are still live on Amazon's site." See the full article here:

I read the cached webpages and it looks interesting. Most of the books appear to be those already available in the Prime KOLL but supposedly there's no monthly limit on the number of books you can read and they can be read on any compatible device, not just on Kindles.

If they end up offering the service, I'll certainly join. It will save me a ton of money, based on the amount I now spend buying Kindle books,

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 10:05:44 AM PDT
While I have enough KOLL books on my KOLL wishlist to get me through the rest of the year, I don't think I could find enough to make $10 a month worth it long term.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 10:07:46 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
but I want to keep my books...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 10:09:16 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 10:16:53 AM PDT
There's that too.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 10:21:31 AM PDT
And all those people who poo pooed the idea of Amazon ever offering an ebook subscription program will have to eat their words. I'm probably one of them. Although I learned my lesson when lending was made available and again when the KOLL was announced.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 10:26:54 AM PDT
i may consider it and maybe test it out for a couple of months - would be nice, but I won't expect, that those of us with prime could get it more as an add-on to our accounts

I do have enough books on my wishlist (since I just found a series with 20+ books all in the KOLL) that could make it worthwhile

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 10:33:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2014 10:35:05 AM PDT
I like to keep my books too, but at $10 a month it would be worth it to me and I'd only actually buy those I want to keep for later re-reading, which is probably well below half of those I buy. Because I buy a lot of Daily Deal and promotionally-priced books at $1.99 to $2.99, there are many that I never even get around to reading.

Since I spend $40 or $50 a month on Kindle book purchases, I would definitely save me money and reduce the burgeoning growth of my Kindle library, which is reaching such an unmanageable size that it's becoming almost an embarrassment to me.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 10:53:45 AM PDT
S. Wi says:
I like the idea of a subscription based service that I can use on my Kindle device. I don't want to download an app to read on my Fire (like with Scribd or Oyster) I want to read on my ereader because that's what it's for and it's much more comfortable and pleasant to read on. If there's a good enough selection I'll definitely consider the service.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 10:55:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2014 10:55:43 AM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Depends on what's in the library, but I doubt it would be worth it to me. A lot of what I read are public domain classics, or books I'll want to reread over the years.

I can see how this would be great for other people, though, and I promise not to get upset if it's worth the money to them but not to me. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 11:08:39 AM PDT
Me, too. I have Scribd but don't really like it. I prefer to read on e-ink.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 11:41:48 AM PDT
S. Wi says:
I did the trial of Oyster and cancelled the subscription the day I started the trial. I never even finished a book in the month I still had free. My fire is fine for videos and web browsing but I won't read anything other than a very occasional graphic novel on it. I looked into Scribd, saw it was the same type of deal and decided not to bother with it. I use my local libraries online ebook service several times a week though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 12:07:56 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
Here is a screen grab.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 12:16:08 PM PDT
I wonder if it will be one book at a time. Is that how Oyster works? I haven't looked into it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 12:16:56 PM PDT
CatChat says:
I don't even have time to borrow a free book from prime every month with all my other reading. I'm still reading my March borrowed book.
now having to pay for even more books I don't have time enough to read?
sorry, not for me. buy, I agree, all those apple users who have whined over not being able to use the KOLL will now have all the books they need.
I will say, I am one who prefers to keep my books as I love to reread most of then a few years later.
my currently reading list has more rereads than new books (and I'm usually reading at least 5 books at a time, depending on my daily or even hourly mood).

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 12:19:41 PM PDT
M. Kean says:
I doubt the collection would be enough to justify it for me, but its definitely a nice development. I really can't see the book publishers signing on to this, especially with such a strained relationship they seem to have with Amazon right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 12:43:00 PM PDT
It would be like a $10-per-month "book tasting".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 3:18:48 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I was wondering that too. For those people who have many family members on their account, they are going to want to have more than one book checked out at a time.

I already have enough Kindle books to last me at least 10 years. Then there is the library and the free classics I haven't downloaded yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 3:30:27 PM PDT
Couldn't you just borrow it again when you want to re-read it? It would be like keeping it, kinda, sorta.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 3:37:18 PM PDT
There has to be some kind of limitation. Otherwise you could borrow/download a couple hundred books (or more) in the first month and then cancel the subscription.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 3:41:25 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I would think that once you cancel the subscription you no longer have access to those books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 3:56:43 PM PDT
 nospin  says:
I read through the pages this morning and browsed through the titles listed as Whispersync enabled for voice.

The interesting piece of this for me is access to the audio book and kindle book under the proposed subscription plan. If memory serves, around 7,000 titles were listed in mystery under Kindle Unlimited with Whispersync for voice.

It looked like about 70% of books are in KOLL but a good mix with the remaining 30%.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 4:01:00 PM PDT
 nospin  says:
It did say you can cancel and rejoin at any time.
Could have it for three months, shut it off for 3 months.

The wording made it sound like there will be an easy to use toggle switch in your account area.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2014 4:39:04 PM PDT
Right. I imagine it might be like the Prime downloadable movies. I got some for our weekend away, and got a notice that I could only view each movie for 48 hours unless I connected to wi-fi before that time elapsed.

The books might be 2 weeks (???) or something. If you don't sync in that time, the books lock up, maybe?

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 5:32:17 PM PDT
Sarida says:

I have to wonder if they will offer a subscription service to schools...which could eventually put me out of a job....

Also, wouldn't it make sense to announce this in the fall when they come out with new hardware as a perk?
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