When Amazon first announced their Kindle Unlimited program I was very excited. As an avid reader, I have long been sold on e-books. Initially after purchasing my Kindle I would purchase a traditional copy of the book followed by the Kindle version and sometimes even the audiobook if there was one available. The idea was that I used certain editions of the book based on my current situation. If I am commuting between cities for work I can listen to the audiobook or if I am home by the fireplace, I would pick up my print copy of the book and pick up where I left off. So, the idea of unlimited reading, which is the promise of Kindle Unlimited, was needless to say very exciting to me! Amazon’s website touts 700,000 titles for only $9.99 per month.
I thought to myself, shoot, I buy at least 3 or 4 books a month and I read at least one a week so this will pay for itself each month. While I was trying to decide if I wanted to give it a try, Amazon announced the free trial. Whew this just keeps getting better. I signed up for the 2 month trial and I figured this would give me plenty of time to evaluate the service and make my decision. Initially, I was very disappointed but as I write this I could not be more pleased and I am paying the monthly fee at this point. After signing up for the free trial, I decided to search for a few books that I have been meaning to buy to see if they were offered as part of the Unlimited program. One by one, each book I searched for was in fact not available for free. Well if most of the books that I wished to read would not be available then I would end up buying the book and paying a monthly fee. No can do. But over the course of the trial period an interesting thing happened.
The only drawback I have found is that it seems you are limited to having 10 books in your queue for free reading so sometimes I have to return one before I can check out another. This has not really been a big deal since usually I have completed reading one of the books or simply decided that I no longer care to go any further down that particular rabbit hole.
At this point, I am thrilled with the program and I would recommend it to those who are avid readers or folks who need to come up to speed on different subjects in a hurry.