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Bookish Download: Kindle Unlimited Review

I’ve weighed the pros and cons of yet another ebook subscription service: Kindle Unlimited.

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How It Works

Kindle Unlimited is an ebook subscription service. It’s similar to Scribd, Oyster and Playster.

Along with 600,000 titles available to download, Kindle Unlimited also offers a selection of audiobooks as well. It costs $9.99 a month and users can access up to ten books at a time from the Kindle Unlimited catalog and read each on up to six devices or reading apps.

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My Thoughts

I signed up for a free 30-day trial to test out Kindle Unlimited for review.

Selection

The most important thing I look at for these ebook subscriptions is what books they offer. Obviously I care the most about YA books, so this review is focused on the selection in this area.

Honestly, for being Amazon, I was was really disappointed in the books offered! Among the Amazon-published titles and a hoard of self-published ones, there were really only a handful of books I think YA readers would find interesting.

Here are a few that I found:

  • The Hunger Games trilogy
  • The Giver quartet
  • Graceling
  • The Testing books
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls books
  • Hi Fair Assassin books
  • Jay McClean Books
  • Hungred Oaks books (not all)
  • Enchanted series

The above books I’ve read already, so I’m not sure how useful I’d find this service.

Plus, the main problem I have with the whole lot of ebook subscriptions is that there are no new titles! I’ve yet to see a program with a book published in the last two to five months.

Interface & Ease of Use

A huge plus for Kindle Unlimited is that the interface is one I am intimately familiar with already – Amazon.com

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That being said, it was really hard to sort through the Kindle Unlimited books in their catalog. I felt like it took me forever just to find the books listed above because I couldn’t filter out self-published books or add in other criteria that mattered to me.

The plus side is that this is the ONE service where you can read books on a devices I have and love – my Kindle and my iPhone app. This is HUGE for me because every other service requires you to read books on your computer. Um…no.

OVERALL:

While this service is definitely not for me (I’ve already canceled my free 30-day trial), Kindle Unlimited does have a leg up on its competition. While its selection is not as wide in comparison to sites like Scribd, it does offer the easiest and best way to read books (via your Kindle or smartphone). I recommend browsing the catalog first before purchasing Kindle Unlimited.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Susan Gray

    I agree that the unlimited subscriptions are worth exploring. You wrote above, “The plus side is that this is the ONE service where you can read books on a devices I have and love – my Kindle and my iPhone app. This is HUGE for me because every other service requires you to read books on your computer. Um…no.” But I’ve had a different experience with oyster. There’s an app for that, at least for oyster and scribd. I’ve enjoyed oyster’s app the most so far.