Amazon has rolled out a new program for the true reading addict. Named Kindle Unlimited, it operates on the same premise as other subscription services such as Netflix or Hulu Plus.
For $9.99 per month, Kindle Unlimited gives the reader access to over 600,000 ebooks. In addition, there are also thousands of audiobooks available under the program.
To obtain the most effective use of the program, the reader would have to read enough books in a month to equal or exceed the subscription price. With the price of so many ebooks at $2.99 or less, the reader would have to complete a minimum of three books per month for the program to be cost-effective.
With a true reading addict, this would be an easy goal to attain. Be aware, however, that a number of major publishers such as Penguin, Harper-Collins, and Simon & Schuster have not allowed their libraries to be included in the Kindle Unlimited program. What does that translate to for readers? While there may be hundreds of thousands of books available, the selection may not include the latests bestsellers from the large publishing houses.
There are a number of factors to consider when researching Kindle Unlimited. If your preference runs more toward indie authors, it may be well worth the money. Keep in mind, however, that only those indie authors who have agreed to be part of KDP Select, Amazon's indie author program, on an exclusive basis will be included in Kindle Unlimited. There has been some chatter in the ebook world of indie authors opting out of KDP Select because of the exclusivity clause.
If you are a voracious reader, the unlimited monthly aspect of Kindle Unlimited may be an option.