Amazon announced their latest offering this morning, Kindle Unlimited. It is a subscription service for ebooks and a 3-month credit for Audible audiobooks. For $9.99 per month, you get unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks. It works across the various Kindle models and other devices with the Kindle apps. You can have up to 10 books out at a time across six different devices.
The new service is being advertised on the homepage and has its own page at www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited. The subscription can be canceled at any time and you can start a 30-day free trial to check it out. The service also comes with a 3 month trial of Audible, Amazon’s Audiobook store. See the Audible Kindle Unlimited terms for full details of the offer.
Kindle Unlimited provides access to popular titles like the Hunger Games series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Harry Potter series as well as many other popular titles. This builds on but is independent of the Kindle Owners Lending Library that allows Amazon Prime members with Kindle devices to borrow one book a month for free. Amazon Prime membership which also includes free 2-day shipping, free instant video streaming, and recently added free music streaming comes with a 30 day free trial as well or is available at a discounted rate for students with a .edu email address with Amazon Student.
The full press release follows:
|Introducing Kindle Unlimited: Unlimited Reading and Listening on Any Device—Just $9.99 a Month|
Read freely from over 600,000 books—available on Kindle devices, as well as free Kindle reading apps for iOS, Android and more
Listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible, or switch easily between reading and listening with Whispersync for Voice
Enjoy best sellers including the Harry Potter series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hunger Games trilogy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and Flash Boys
The most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Life of Pi, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Start a free 30-day trial today
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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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.