How can you know if Kindle Unlimited is right for you?
- Do you read more than 3 or 4 books each month?
- Are you open to reading debut books from unknown/debut authors?
- Are you willing to read more than just best-sellers?
- Do you read multiple genres?
- Are you interested in having access to more than a million books and audiobooks?
If you answered yes to 3 or 4 of these questions, and you have an extra $100, then Kindle Unlimited (KU) may be a really good choice for you. If you answered no to 3 or 4 of these, then it may not be worth your money.
How much do you read?
I read a lot. I always have. When I was in middle school I fell in love with John Steinbeck’s books (from the high school side of my school library – you can read about that here). Before I retired I was a library media specialist. I always have at least one book with me, if not 3 or 4, and I am usually reading at least 2 books, sometimes as many as 5 at one time. Yeah, I read a lot!
So, what about you? Do your reading habits go back a long way or have you just started reading or reading more? If you pretty much always have a book at your fingertips (either print or eBook), then you might want to look at what KU has to offer.
What do you read?
OK. How about debut books and debut authors? Let me be perfectly honest here: Ten years ago I would have said “No way!” I was what I called a reading snob. I liked certain authors and I was very hesitant to try out new authors or new genres. Why? Because books were/are expensive and if I got one that I didn’t like, I had not yet developed an ability to stop reading it, no matter if it came from the library and I hadn’t paid for it.
Do you have to finish every book?
I have overcome that, however. I generally give a book 50 pages. If I have not gotten into it by then, I probably won’t, so I put it down, almost guilt free. (Almost, not completely!) But if that book is from KU, I don’t feel as guilty about it. Nothing gained, nothing lost. Since this new ability has presented itself to me, I have been much more willing to venture out into other genres and I have found some that I really like.
Do your books have to be best-sellers?
Best-sellers are great. However, there are a few best-selling authors that I just don’t like. Some that I think are hyped by their publishers even though their books are, in my opinion, not good. So while I do check best-seller lists, I don’t let them determine my entire reading list.
That being said, if you keep a check on KU, you’ll find that quite a few best-sellers can be borrowed through KU for a limited time and once it is in your KU library you are free to read it at your leisure. (Many also can be purchased for less than $5 as an eBook for a limited time.)
As I said above, I now read different genres, with the exception of horror and erotica. And yes, having upwards of 90,000 (if you take out the two genres I don’t read) books at my disposal for a once a year fee is worth it to me.
I started my Kindle Unlimited subscription on a trial basis for $9.99 for 3 months. Before I subscribed, I had not really checked out all that it had to offer. Now that I know and have been using it since December or 2017, I love it.
So much to read
There really are over a million titles available on KU. While quite a few of these are debut books, if I don’t like them, I just return them and pick something else. You can have 10 KU books in your library at any time. This works really well for me when I am in a place without access to wi-fi. Yes, those places still exist in my world! No matter, I still have 10 extra books on my Kindle Paperwhite (see my review of that here).
No overdue books.
There are no due dates. Seriously. You can keep a title for as short or as long a time as you wish. No overdues, no late fees. So if one of your grandbabies is visiting and you don’t have time to read much, no worries. The books will be there waiting for you.
One of the more awesome things I discovered after I downloaded a couple of books, I picked one out and it also had an audiobook available through Audible. To my surprise and delight, the audiobook was also downloaded. Yep, if there is an audiobook of a KU title, you get that as part of your subscription at no extra cost. How cool is that?!
Not only that, but as long as you can connect to wi-fi for less than 30 seconds, you can switch from the eBook to the audiobook and never have to find your place in either one.
So, if you can…
If you can wrap your mind around not carrying around a heavy print book but rather a Kindle or a device with the free Kindle app downloaded to it, and you like to try out new authors with no risk, then Kindle Unlimited is right up your alley.
One Two last things…
There are another couple of things that I have found that I love about reading eBooks: The ability to highlight key phrases or pieces of information and being able to search the book by keyword or phrase. I have always written down quotes that I like from books, and this makes it very easy to highlight great text and then go back to it when I wish.
I am not one to dog-ear pages, that is just a no-no, but I do highlight and underline in them and put post-it notes on those pages so they are easily found, and eBooks just amp this up a notch.
So, what do you think?
Are you more interested in Kindle Unlimited than you were before? Think you might try it out? If you do, I think you’ll find that you like it and use it more than you ever thought you would.
Hope I’ve helped answer some questions about Kindle Unlimited. If you have more, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.
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