What is Amazon Kindle Unlimited and how does it work?
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(Pocket-lint) – Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service allows subscribers to download and read an unlimited supply of e-books and audiobooks for a flat monthly fee – not too dissimilar to services like Netflix and Spotify, but that’s for books rather than movies or music.
If you’re a Kindle owner wondering if you want to sign up for the Kindle Unlimited service, this guide is a rundown of everything you need to know about it, including the cost, if there’s a free trial, and what kind of books are available.
What is Amazon Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is a monthly subscription plan.
Once subscribed, users have unlimited access to over a million Kindle titles, thousands of audiobooks with Audible narration, and subscription to up to three magazines, such as People, Mens Health, Entertainment, Better Homes and Gardens. The service doesn’t include every book on Amazon or Audible, but many bestsellers are included. Just search for titles marked with the Kindle Unlimited logo.
How much does Kindle Unlimited cost?
Amazon’s subscription fee for Kindle Unlimited is $9.99 or £7.99 per month. It’s not linked to an Amazon Prime subscription – which in the UK already includes Kindle Lenders Library , a different service. You can use your credit card on file with Amazon to pay the monthly fee, and you’re allowed to cancel your subscription at any time by visiting your Amazon account and adjusting your settings.
Is there a free trial?
Yes, a 30-day free trial is available to all interested customers. Simply click on Amazon.com in the US or Amazon.co.uk in the UK to start your trial.
How do I access Kindle Unlimited books?
All of the titles and audiobooks available through Kindle Unlimited can be accessed on a range of devices and platforms. You can, of course, read or listen with a Kindle or Fire device, but you can also just install the free Kindle reading app on a separate compatible smartphone or tablet.
What sample titles are available through Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon Kindle Unlimited offers many bestselling books, such as:
- The Harry Potter Series
- The Handmaids Tale series
- The Hunger Games series
There are also professionally-reviewed audiobooks from Audible, including:
- Life of Pi
- A day at the office
- great expectations
Notable ebooks and audiobooks
Other notable book titles available through Kindle Unlimited include:
- When we believed in mermaids
- If you say so, devoted
- The girl under the sea
- The girl in cabin 13
- Where the forest meets the stars
And notable audiobook titles include:
- In the darkest corner
- Gray Justice
- Watch out for me
- Finding Emma
- The Wuthering Heights
- Treasure Island.
There are also ebooks exclusive to Kindle Unlimited, such as:
- Because what loves me
- The taker thief
- The Hangmans Daughter series
- War brides
- watch over you
- Clean and Lean books by James Duigan
How do you select an ebook or audiobook to enjoy?
As mentioned above, once you subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited service, any Kindle Unlimited-eligible eBook or audiobook will bear the Kindle Unlimited logo. You can just select that title from Amazon’s Kindle store, choose “Read for $0.00/£0.00”, and away you go.
Does Kindle Unlimited have Amazon’s Whispersync technology?
Not all titles in the Kindle Unlimited library are compatible with Whispersync for Voice, letting you easily switch between reading an eBook and listening to an audiobook without missing a single moment of the story, but thousands of titles support support technology.
If a title is on, it will pick up where you left off, even if you switch from text to audio.
What are the other features?
Besides Whispersync, you can take advantage of all the usual Kindle features such as Popular Highlights (identifies the most important passages), X-Ray (a reference tool) and customer reviews.
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Written by Maggie Tillman. Edited by Chris Hall.