Way back in the misty early days of the internet (call it 1994), Amazon.com opened up its virtual doors as a simple online bookstore. While the mega-retailer has since branched out to selling seemingly every product under the sun, its rise has especially impacted the publishing world, where Amazon's every innovation causes huge ripples. Enter Kindle Unlimited.
While there are other e-reader subscription services out there, Kindle Unlimited's wide selection, unique features, and connection to the wildly popular Kindle devices makes it a popular frontrunner. But is it right for you? Read on for our review of Kindle Unlimited to find out.
$9.99 a month (get a free trial month here)
Subscribers get free access to over a million e-book titles and magazine issues, as well as more than 2,000 audiobooks.
Any Amazon device can be used to access Kindle Unlimited. Of course this includes all of the Kindle e-readers, but it also includes Echo devices, which can use Alexa to play audiobooks or utilize text-to-speech technology to read written works. In addition, the free Kindle reading app can be downloaded on any phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.
While you can borrow and return items as often as you like and keep them for as long as you like, you can keep only 10 titles in your library at a time.
In order to use the Kindle Unlimited service, you must have an Amazon account with a current, valid credit card on file, and 1-Click Ordering enabled. To update your 1-Click settings:
When you search through Amazon's selection of books, those titles that are available for Kindle Unlimited will have this label:
or you can simply sort your results to only show Kindle Unlimited choices by checking that option on the left side of your screen:
Once you've selected a title and clicked "Add to Library", that title will be available for download on any of the devices registered to your account. Enjoy!
No, Kindle Unlimited is a separate service from Amazon Prime and is not included in membership. Amazon Prime does include Prime Reading however.
Nope! You can choose to subscribe to Amazon Prime, choose to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, choose to subscribe to both, or choose neither. What a time to be alive!
From best sellers like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Neil Gaiman's exploration of Norse mythology, to inspirational memoirs like Chip and Joanna Gaines' The Magnolia Story, to timeless classics like 1984, there really is something for everyone. And have you checked out Amazon's huge collection of exclusive digital titles that aren't available anywhere else? Kindle Unlimited has you covered.
You can try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days with this offer.