Amazon announces its new “Kindle Unlimited” service

Amazon’s announced “Kindle Unlimited,” an all-you-can-read ebook and audiobook service for participating authors. Basically, a “Netflix-for-books” as TechCrunch describes the service. Kindle Unlimited includes some big-name books (the Hunger Games trilogy, etc.), as well as Kindle-only exclusives. The service is limited (for now) to the US, and is $10/month. More in the TechCrunch article below:

Amazon Officially Announces Kindle Unlimited, Offering Endless Reading And Listening For $9.99 A Month | TechCrunch

It sounds impressive, though wonder if it’ll have the same flaw as Netflix, that is, not having all of the newest or biggest books. I’d also note that this is not only competing with existing similar services (Oyster, etc.), but also that long-standing service every town has for free, the public library. Kindle Unlimited’s one advantage over the public library might be in its selection of ebooks, per how expensive ebooks are for libraries to buy (which thanks to DRM/greed/fear of new media by publishers¬†are way too expensive). Still, the public library has all of the paper versions for free, for those who don’t mind putting their electronic device aside.

One comment

  1. Actually, I was thinking the opposite with the Kindle Unlimited. Instead of expecting all the major mainstream books, I was thinking about all the lesser known books subscribers can explore.

    Sadly, I won’t subscribe, because marginalia is really important to me. I feel like a subscription service like Kindle Unlimited won’t allow me to keep my comments.

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