Another year, another 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for 99 cents, and this time it looks like I’ve remembered to post just in time for this year’s promotion (the last day to sign up appears to be Dec 31). Or of course there are the more ordinary 6, 12, and 24-month plans available.
As a reminder for those who are not familiar with the system, Kindle Unlimited is a “subscription” service.
The standard service costs $9.99 per month (there are other plans depending on family memberships and student status and the like) and allows you to download, at no additional charge, any Kindle ebooks that have been published through the system.
There are limits, of course.
First, the books you have downloaded are essentially “borrowed.” Once you end your subscription (or your free trial, as the case may be), you will no longer have access to the books you acquired this way unless you buy them outright. In addition, you can only download up to ten free books at a time in this manner; you will need to return one of those ten before you can download an eleventh.
Second is a matter of selection. From the author’s point of view, Kindle Unlimited is an opt-in program; the author chooses whether or not to include their books in Kindle Unlimited. Some authors choose to make their books exclusive to Amazon, so that they are free for KU subscribers; other authors choose to make their books available at multiple online retailers, an option that is simply not possible for titles enrolled in KU.
But even within those limits, it is worth at least a trial period. You can get some use of it even for so short a time as one month.
For my part, I’m giving KU the same “extended sample” treatment I did last year. I sort through the multitude of ebooks I’ve been hemming and hawing about (at the time of this writing, that’s 358 to check according to the Wishlist Total browser add-on, plus another 227 that have already been sorted), titles that I’ve come across as recommendations or Goodreads Giveaways and the like, titles I thought were intriguing enough to keep in mind but with which I have no either prior experience and only a short free sample on which to base a decision. Once I signed up for KU, I began sorting eligible titles into a list all their own, after which point I could download my first batch of 10, skim through the books to see if I like them enough to buy a copy outright, return them, and move on to the next batch.
If you are interested in giving Kindle Unlimited a try, I repeat, not only is the 3 month 99 cent plan still available for a while longer, but there are multiple plans to check out based on family and student memberships:
Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans