Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It

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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Author: Sadie Saxon

Sadie reads and reviews steamy and erotic romance and erotica. She's posting her reviews here and categorizing the books with tags so they're easy to find.

8 thoughts on “Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

  1. I’ve always considered Kindle Unlimited, but haven’t made the leap. After reading this I think I will go ahead and start using KU. I read plenty of books, so it only makes sense. I think KU is a great way to read more and more books, while saving money. I’m always looking for ways to read on a budget. Thanks for this informative article!

    1. I’m so happy to have helped, Katy! Reading really is one of the best pastimes because books can transport you. 

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  2. Great article Sadie, I can see that if you are an avid reader then having unlimited on your kindle would be worth it for sure. I must confess I do love a physical book, but maybe it’s time to look at changing. Like you say books on Amazon can become costly so it makes perfect sense to go unlimited. Thanks again for information. 

  3. Hi Sadie, thank you so much for addressing the topic of KU! I don’t have KU right now because I’ve been wondering if it’s worth it for me. I’m a very slow ready and it takes me some time to dissect the books I read. I like to read my books a few times before moving forward to another book. I also find my readings all around, however I’ve been told to get kindle unlimited for so long! So, after reading your article, I have learned that KU is not worth it for me. Thank you for helping me a decision I’ve been dying to make for such a lonnng time! 

    1. I’m glad to have helped, Raven. It’s not for everyone and that’s okay. KU has helped me check out authors I might not have otherwise tried but if I read slower it wouldn’t have worked out for me either. 

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  4. Hi Sadie

    I found your review of Kindle Unlimited very interesting.

    Although I have tried reading E-books, admittedly only on my iphone, I am not a convert as yet, as I really like the physical contact with a conventional book. I also like to lend the books I have read to my family and friends, and obviously that is not possible with E-books.

    However, that is not set in stone, and I may change my opinion  as I am always open to new experiences and may well try a designated E-book reader such as Kindle.

    But in any case, I do not feel that KU would be for me, as sadly I do not have the time to read as many books as I would like, and I am definitely not a fan of smutty books!! However, I would have to check out the range of books which are available on KU.

    Would you say that KU is better value for those readers who prefer the short story format rather than full-length books?

    Very many thanks for your post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Hi Chrissie!

      There are all genres on Kindle Unlimited, including Non-Fiction like Self-Help and Cookbooks to fantastical works like Science Fiction and Fantasy. You can share your books with others on your Amazon account if you designate them as family members and they’ve got either a Kindle or the Kindle App on their own device. You can do this from your account page. But you’re right, it’s not the same as lending a paperback. They tend to get a weight and feel to them with each read that’s just unique. 

      It’s actually a better deal if you like medium length books, since you’ll read those faster and many authors don’t put their shortest work into the program. Most books I read in KU are about 200 pages. 

      Thanks for reading my article!

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