Kindle Unlimited: The New Netflix for Books? by Jackie Kimmel
Recently Amazon announced its new feature Kindle Unlimited which has been aptly named the ‘Netflix for Books.” For the price of $9.99 per month, you have access to over 600,000 books that you check-out from Amazon but don’t necessarily own.
When this feature was announced I was rather impressed. I had the mental image of a digital version of Belle’s library from Beauty and the Beast. Who wouldn’t love that?However, as a few days passed, I started to wonder if paying Amazon roughly $10 a month would be worth it in the long run. I read enough to justify the cost, but is Kindle Unlimited really my one-stop shop for literary entertainment
I did some investigating and found a few flaws in the Kindle Unlimited brand.
For starters, if you are currently an Amazon Prime member (YAY for free two-day shipping!) you will not automatically get access to Kindle Unlimited. So, if you want both free two-day shipping and an e-book membership that will set you back about $220 a year. Secondly, if you are an Amazon Prime member you already get access to the Lending Library. Both Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited have over 600,000 titles to share but not all are cross-functional.
Another short coming of the new Kindle Unlimited is that they won’t have many of the new releases. According to most media outlets, if you want books from any of the top five publishers you will have to look elsewhere.
Amazon was not the first to attempt the Netflix for Books idea. There are two other major competitors to Kindle Unlimited including Oyster and Scribd. All three services are between $8.99 and $9.99 per month for an average of 500,000 titles. However, none of these three services has everything a reader would want or expect. You are still going to have to bargain shop no matter where you get your e-books.
Of course, I am going to use the Kindle Unlimited free trail offer. Any service that offers more books to the world is great in my book. Is it ideal? Probably not, but everything is worth trying once.
What do you think about Amazon’s new offering?
Jackie Kimmel is a writer who lives in Broomfield, Colorado. She is the former editor of several publications including: RV Trade Digest Magazine, The Morning Bridge, The Sky Report, Tusk Magazine and The Daily Titan Newspaper. She has loved reading since she was very young and prefers biographical, historical and chick-lit books. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Jkimmel2986.
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