Last Friday Amazon started offering a new book reading service called Kindle unlimited. As the name implies for a small fee of $9.99 per month you will have unlimited access to over 600,000 special marked books. The service includes such favorites as the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games series and the Lord of Rings trilogy.
“With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you can just start reading and listening,” said Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Kindle, in a press release. “In addition to offering over 600,000 eBooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy. We hope you take advantage of the 30-day free trial and try it for yourself.”
If you are a fan a Stephen King, Dan Brown or any of the other authors of Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, MacMillan or Penguin you are out of luck. These publishers have been battling with Seattle-based e-commerce giant and have opted not to include the fine books that they publish. If hearing that these publishers are not including there are a few similar service that might be of interest to you.
Oyster book reading service offers unlimited books for $9.95 per month. The library at Oyster is smaller at only 500.000 books but it does include the publishers that Amazon's service doesn't. If you do have a Kindle you don't have to be concerned because Oyster does support the Kindle format along will iOS 7 & above, android 4 & above and the Nook HD.
Scribd is only $8.99 per month for their unlimited service but has a still smaller library of only 400,000 books. This service is also compatible with the Kindle Format along with iOS, android and all web browsers.
Entitle is another book reading service that would make a good alternative although the most limited of all of these services. Entitle's library is only 200.000+ and you are limited to only 2 books a month for your $9.99 per month. You can upgrade to 3 books a month for a fee of $14.99 per month. They to support IOS, Nook, Kindle and android.