Amazon introduces Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 USD

Amazon has come a long way from its humble beginnings as an online retailer of literature. Seemingly overnight it dominated the field and slowly expanded into other areas and projects that most never could have imagined. Amazon will now expand on its flourishing media business by offering an unlimited digital book subscription service. Kindle Unlimited will differ from its competitors by offering unlimited rentals of books for a monthly flat rate of $9.99 USD. The new service will also include access to over 2,000 audiobooks from Amazon's subsidiary company, Audible

Kindle Unlimited subscribers will have access to over 600,000 books from Amazon's current collection. This will include classics and best sellers like: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and the Harry Potter series. Kindle Unlimited will be available for all mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry and iOS. The service will also be available for Windows and Mac users. Most Kindle devices will also be supported, but the audiobooks portion will be limited to devices that offer that feature. 

Kindle Unlimited will be $9.99 USD a month and will also come with a three month trial of Audible. 

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$120 a year to read books (that you can't keep) seems extreme when you consider the same option is FREE at your local library.

You're not obliged to pay 120 per year.

I find it very interesting If I'm reading once a couple of books, and I don't have a library nearby.

In fact, in my country, there's no library that has these many books!

If Amazon was smart they would have just included this for Amazon Prime customers instead of making it separate, I guess they did this for those poor customers who complained about the price change which still costs pennies and has a lot more than other services.

You mean instead of going to the library and borrowing books for free I can pay Amazon 9.99 a month to borrow them? Sounds like a super deal.

Going to the library is free but you have to drive or spend some kind of money for transportation. Unless you are just that one rare person who walks there with lots of books packed in a backpack every day. 9.99 is not a bad price to read through alot of books at the comfort of your home. Man people will complain about anything.

DrOmango said,
Going to the library is free but you have to drive or spend some kind of money for transportation.

No, actually I just walk but yeah for those who live far enough away they would have to drive...or they could just borrow books free online. https://openlibrary.org/borrow :)

I can borrow ebooks from any library in our area. They use OverDrive combined with Adobe Digital Editions, or I can read from a browser.

Bonfire said,
You mean instead of going to the library and borrowing books for free I can pay Amazon 9.99 a month to borrow them? Sounds like a super deal.

Glad your library is awesome. My town's library would not have even the 10% of Amazon catalog.

sanctified said,

Glad your library is awesome. My town's library would not have even the 10% of Amazon catalog.

There are plenty of online libraries too.

This sounds like a good deal for people who read a lot.

Also, it angers me that The Hunger Games is mentioned as a "classic" in the same breath as Lord of the Rings.

spacer said,
This sounds like a good deal for people who read a lot.

Also, it angers me that The Hunger Games is mentioned as a "classic" in the same breath as Lord of the Rings.


apologies.

If you're seriously asking why LotR is a classic, there is no amount of logic and reason I can give that will explain it to you.

That's nice. Now lower the price of Amazon Prime back to $70 and sell the crappy video and music services separately.

Enron said,
You mean you use Amazon Prime for the "free" shipping?
It's initially all we used it for. We use Amazon for just about every single household item besides Produce and Poultry. The FedEX, UPS, USPS, guys are like family friends. LOL! It more than pays for itself.

So you rather pay more with Netflix? Amazon Prime costs pennies and you get more probably one of those blind customers the complains on and on about how cable is expensive and cut the chord also switched to OTA.

Also if you are not getting 2 day free shipping or the shipping in days than clearly you are not using your Prime service correctly because I never had any problems with Amazon.

So you want Amazon Prime movies and music separated? Simple, just cancel the service no one is forcing you to subscribe and I do not want to hear how Netflix is better when it costs more with less interesting movies or TV Shows also.

JHBrown said,
It's initially all we used it for. We use Amazon for just about every single household item besides Produce and Poultry. The FedEX, UPS, USPS, guys are like family friends. LOL! It more than pays for itself.

Yes, I use it too, but when I was referring to the "free" shipping, I have noticed that years ago it was a real deal, but now you can get the same item for the same price elsewhere. For example:

Amazon - Item Costs $119 w/ Prime Free Shipping
Competitor - Item Costs $109 + $10 Shipping

Amazon is basically building the shipping cost into the price and passing it off as free shipping. Not all items are "Prime" eligible, so it allows them to control this to a degree.

Enron said,

Yes, I use it too, but when I was referring to the "free" shipping, I have noticed that years ago it was a real deal, but now you can get the same item for the same price elsewhere. For example:

Amazon - Item Costs $119 w/ Prime Free Shipping
Competitor - Item Costs $109 + $10 Shipping

Amazon is basically building the shipping cost into the price and passing it off as free shipping. Not all items are "Prime" eligible, so it allows them to control this to a degree.

Got it. Good observation.

Chsoriano said,

That's pretty much all I used it for for 7 years... It was great

Unfortunately, the prime shipping is NOT free. The cost of the prime item purchased is more expensive than it would have cost for a non-prime members. There has been an article in the news awhile back on this. Not sure if this ever proceeded to the court level.