Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month
Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited (opens in new tab). The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.
The online retailer will have Kindle Unlimited logos on eligible titles, which can be read for free by those with an active subscription. Popular titles like the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and others are available with Kindle Unlimited. It's a neat concept and one we can see many utilizing. Amazon will be bundling a three-month subscription to Audible too.
There's also a free 30-day trial (opens in new tab), should you be interested. Find the press release below. You can download the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad and try the service out now.
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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 18, 2014-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates—just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click "Read for Free."
Customers can choose from best sellers like The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lord of the Rings, and with thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible, like The Handmaid's Tale and Water for Elephants, the story can continue in the car or on the go. Kindle Unlimited subscribers also get the additional benefit of a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to the full selection of Audible titles. Kindle Unlimited is available starting today and is accessible from Kindle devices or with Amazon's free Kindle reading apps. Start your free 30-day trial today at www.amazon.com/ku-freetrial.
"With Kindle Unlimited, you won't have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you can just start reading and listening," said Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Kindle. "In addition to offering over 600,000 eBooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy. We hope you take advantage of the 30-day free trial and try it for yourself."
Kindle Unlimited features include:
For more details on Kindle Unlimited, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.
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I'm curious if this service allows books to be read on Amazon cloud and Amazon Windows software. I often like to read at the office on my computer.
Hopefully they will allow that.
What about Prime members? I know currently you have access to 500000 kindle books for free if youre Prime member BUT you have to have a kindle device. Will this new program allow iphone and iPad owners to access these books for free with their Prime membership or do the Prime members have to fork up additional $10 a month?
I've used Oyster and have been impressed with the experience. I might take advance of the free trial; quite curious about the audiobooks.
I would love to see iBooks do this as well. I read a lot and up till 3 years ago I would get all my books from the library instead of having to buy them. But when I got hooked on digital reading on my iPad, I had to go back to buying everything (the digital checkout from the library is a joke) - this would save me a lot of money!
This is one of the best services Amazon has introduced and I'm glad unlimited reading has become a reality. Props to Amazon for creating a Netflix of e-books. Sent from the iMore App