These past couple weeks I’ve been a bit lost. I’ve been lost in a wonderful reading frenzy. I love to read. Reading and writing have always been something I’ve always been immensely interested in.
I fell out of doing both and then I started writing this blog. So, I managed to salvage one of my passions. Recently, my mom was talking about buying a new Kindle. She also likes to read and her Kindle was finally starting to wear down. While she was looking at different Kindles she found out that Kindle Unlimited was having a special promotion.
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service through Amazon that allows you to borrow up to 10 books within their library for $9.99 a month. If you have Prime, there’s also Prime Reading, which has less books, but is included with your Prime.
Seeing an opportunity to get some free reading in, I jumped on it, and signed up for the free 3 month trial. We’re going to take a look at whether or not Kindle Unlimited is worth the price their asking, if I plan to renew my membership, and if Prime Reading is a worthy substitute for Prime members.
If you don’t currently have a Kindle, this is a good starter one (my mom recently purchased and she loves it). I also really enjoyed both of the books, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can download and read for free.
So, before I even signed up for the Kindle Unlimited trial, I downloaded a book from the Prime Reading selection. They actually provide a good number of books (nowhere near Kindle Unlimited), but they have a varied selection and they are all pretty interesting.
The downside is, if you get a book apart of a series (which I did), then odds are only the first book in the series will be available through Prime Reading. Another possible downside is that they may not have the specific book you’re look for.
It’s a wonderful addition for Prime members. If you’re looking to get into (or back into) reading, then you may as well browse and get a couple of books through the Prime Reading section. It’s a great way to try out a book you weren’t quite sure about or even to try out a series before buying it.
I can’t really say too much negative about it. It’s a nice bonus for Prime members. Plus, I can understand why they limit the Prime Reading library, since they have the Kindle Unlimited that they also want to make money from.
All right, so for $9.99 a month, you can get access to one million titles, compared to Prime Readings one thousand titles. With both you get access to books, magazines, and audio books. You can also buy the subscription in advance in 6, 12, and 24 month increments.
Now, in the time that I’ve had the service, I’ve managed to read nine books. I’m currently on my tenth. The first eight were apart of a series that I never would have read. They were shorter, which is also why I was able to get through so many in such a short time.
Cost wise, I’d say the books I’ve been reading range from $2.99 to $4.99. So, even on the cheaper end of the scale, I would have more than made my money’s worth on the subscription.
I notice a lot of the books I was looking at averaged about $4.99. Now, obviously there are some that are more expensive and less expensive. However, you’d really only need to read one or two books for the month to be making your money back.
It’s also great to be able to try a book out. You can download any of the Kindle Unlimited books, start reading, and if you don’t like it, you can just return it. I personally felt a big freedom in that. I downloaded self help books, baby “how to” books, books that I wasn’t sure I’d like. I was no longer trapped by a “I don’t want to waste money, what if I don’t read it?” Now it was a, “I don’t want to waste money. Let me try all the books”.
If you’re big on reading, I would definitely recommend this service. Amazon also has free trials for their services (this included), so you can always just dip your toes in if you’re still not convinced. The ability to read so many books and not leave the house is so wonderful. If you prefer physical copies, then this may not be the best service for you. At this point that’s my only downside to Kindle Unlimited. I do love a physical copy of a book, but I reserve physical copies to my all time favorite books now.
If you couldn’t already tell, I will most definitely be renewing my service at the end of the three months. It feels great to be reading again. It feels like a giant library where I don’t have to return in a specific time and I don’t have to actually go anywhere.
If you have Prime and you’re not too sure you want to give Amazon anymore money, then I’d say to take advantage of the free trial for Kindle Unlimited. You can see if it’s worth it from there. At this point, for me Prime Reading just wouldn’t be enough, but everyone is different.
Price wise, I can’t complain too much at the $9.99. It’s a sweet spot for subscription services. Of course, I’d love if it was cheaper, but that’s true with a lot of things. As long as they don’t increase the price of the subscription, I don’t see any problem with what they’re asking.
Just want to know if you should get Kindle Unlimited? Verdict: Big reader? Then YES. Otherwise, just get the free trial and go nuts.
Let me know what you think! Do you have Kindle Unlimited or have you been on the fence about it?