In an effort to find an inexpensive source of multiple audiobooks per month, I signed up for a free trial of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. Many of you have expressed and interest in hearing how this service has worked for me, so I decided to share the pros and cons of this service with you today.
First of all, what is Kindle Unlimited? It’d a service through Amazon that provides you with unlimited access to ebooks through their Kindle devices or the Kindle app for $9.99 a month. It essentially functions as a type of library, allowing you to check out a maximum of 10 books at any one time. When you finish a book, return it and check out a new one. Books stay on your devices until you return them or your membership expires.
- The books are available on all devices. I can access the book on my Kindle, through the Audible app on my Kindle, through the Kindle app on my Iphone, or through the Audible app on my Iphone. You are able to pick up right where you left off, so I can listen through my phone in the car, then pick it up on my Kindle when I get home and not lose my place.
- If the ebook has Audible narration available, you get that free with the book.
- You can keep the books for an unlimited amount of time, as long as your membership is in good standing
- No late fees or needing to renew books
- No holds necessary, the book is always available for checkout, regardless of how many other people are also reading it.
- I can try out new to me authors or series without risk
- No new releases or best sellers available
- Most popular authors not available
- Limited selection with Audible availability
While not ideal, the library is certainly a better option if you have access, Kindle Unlimited is a good alternative for me until I have access to a digital library system again. The expense is minimal and there are enough books available in Audible format to meet my needs. This isn’t something that I will continue with library access however.
Have you ever tried Kindle Unlimited?