Today I’m talking about something I mentioned in other posts. Kindle Unlimited, also known as KU. It’s Amazon’s subscription service, where you pay a monthly fee to access any number of ebooks enrolled in the program. All the books in KU are exclusively available on Amazon so you won’t be able to buy them elsewhere in any case. Here are a few things to consider:
- How many books you read per month.
- How much of what you like to read is on Kindle.
- How often you want to read the same book again.
Because the Kindle App and Fire devices are so popular, it’s worth discussing KU in its very own post. I’ll go over a few of the pros and cons but ultimately you’re the only one who can answer the question: is Kindle Unlimited worth it for you?
Do you read more than four books per month?
Most ebooks on Amazon are regularly priced at $2.99 and up. Yes, even erotic short stories are priced like this and longer works often cost more. Good authors are worth it and they’re human, which means they need coffee and food.
But when it comes to Kindle Unlimited, you want to consider how much you both read and buy per month. If you are reading four or more books, the regular monthly subscription of $9.99 for KU is less than what you pay for ebooks. And if you read even more than that, it’s a huge discount. You should probably get a subscription even if you do buy some of your books at Kobo or Smashwords.
Are at least 1/3 of the books you want in the KU program?
A subscription doesn’t get you much if the stuff you like isn’t available. It’s a good idea to search for your favorite authors and see if their books are in KU before you sign up for it. You can also look at related authors or search genres to find out whether it looks like you’ll have plenty to read.
Some authors won’t have all of their titles available in KU. This is especially true when it comes to erotic shorts, because the writers get paid by pages read. Short stories are hot and get right to the action but don’t have many pages.
However, because KU is popular with readers, many smutty short authors bundle stories into a large volume and then put that in the program while leaving individual shorts at regular price. These collections have larger page counts and they only take up one borrow slot so it’s a win-win for both reader and writer.
And of course, Amazon does restrict some content. If you’re looking for books that are too hot for Amazon and intend to buy most of your sexy reads on Smashwords, Kindle Unlimited might not be for you. Remember that if a book is on a store other than Amazon, it won’t be in KU.
Do you read books more than once?
While the number of books you can read in Kindle Unlimited is exactly that – unlimited, there is a catch. KU only allows you to borrow the books in their program. This means you’ve got to put them back eventually when you’re done.
Each book you download takes up one of ten slots you get with the Kindle Unlimited program. Once you have ten, if you try to borrow an eleventh book, you’ll be asked to select one you want to return. All you need to do is put back one that you already finished.
If you’re the type of reader who likes to go back and revisit a book, or look something up, KU might not be the best choice for you. However, it’s great for discovering new authors and you can always purchase a copy later if you really loved a borrowed book.
Now you’ve got some information on the KU program, offered exclusively by Amazon. Hopefully, you’ve decided if Kindle Unlimited is worth it for you.
If you’d like to sign up, you can do it here or by clicking the image at the top of this post.
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