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Is Kindle Unlimited right for you?

Kindle Unlimited may or may not be right for  you.
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Any reader would be excited about a service that lets her read an unlimited amount of ebooks for only $9.99 a month. There's just something enticing about having access to over 600,000 books. But, is Kindle Unlimited a good option for everyone? While some readers may get their money's worth, and then some, others may feel a bit cheated at the end of the month. Let's take a closer look at whether or not this service is right for you.

Which books do you want to read?

One of the biggest complaints readers have about Kindle Unlimited is the lack of bestselling novels. This is due to the fact that many of the top publishing companies have elected not to participate in the service. While you may see The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings on the advertisements, don't let it fool you. You're not going to find many of the books you would currently find on today's bestseller lists.

With that said, there are still a number of amazing books to be read through the service. With over 600,000 books to choose from, chances are you'll find more than enough books to fill your TBR list for quite some time. Many of these books are from independent authors who are a part of Amazon's KDP Select program. A good number of these authors have hit the USA Today's bestseller list, including such big names as H.P. Mallory.

Of course, it pays to mention that if you're looking for bestselling novels from the biggest publishers, there's a good chance your library offers these books to borrow on your Kindle for free through OverDrive. Again, it really depends on what you want to read.

How many books do you read?

Those that read one or two books a month should not sign up for Kindle Unlimited without checking the purchase price of the books they want to read. A large percentage of the books in the program are $2.99 or less. Plus, if you have a Prime membership, you get to borrow one book for free each month.

Now, if you're a hardcore reader that goes through a book every one to two days, then this service certainly makes sense. Even if you're reading a lot of bestselling books through your library, there's a good chance you'll find plenty of books to read through Kindle Unlimited as well.

Kindle Unlimited is obviously a great service for those that read a lot of books and are interested in reading books from independent authors. However, it's not for everyone. Casual readers and those that only want to read novels from top publishers may be disappointed in the service. The good news is you can try the service for free for 30 days and see if it's something you'll use frequently enough to justify the cost.

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