(Pocket-lint) - Amazon's Kindle Unlimited service allows subscribers to download and read an unlimited quantity of ebooks and audiobooks for a set monthly fee - not too dissimilar to services like Netflix and Spotify, but it's for books rather than movies or music.
If you're a Kindle owner and you're wondering whether to sign up for the Kindle Unlimited service, this guide is a rundown of everything you need to know about it, including how much it costs, whether there is a free trial and what kind of books are available.
What is Amazon Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is a monthly subscription plan.
Once subscribed, users have unlimited access to over a million Kindle titles, thousands of audiobooks with Audible narration, and a subscription to up to three magazines, such as People, Men's Health, Entertainment, Better Homes and Gardens. The service doesn't include every book on Amazon or Audible, but many of the best-sellers are included. You just need to look for the titles marked with the Kindle Unlimited logo.
How much does Kindle Unlimited cost?
Amazon's subscription fee for Kindle Unlimited is $9.99 or £7.99 a month. It is not tied to an Amazon Prime subscription - which, in the UK, already includes Kindle Lenders Library, a different service. You can use your credit card on file with Amazon to pay the monthly fee, and you're allowed to cancel your subscription at any time by visiting your Amazon account and adjusting your settings.
Is there a free trial?
How can you access Kindle Unlimited books?
All titles and audiobooks available through Kindle Unlimited are accessible across a range of devices and platforms. You can, of course, read or listen with a Kindle or Fire device, but you could also simply install the free Kindle Reading App on a separate compatible smartphone or tablet.
What are some example titles available through Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon Kindle Unlimited offers many best-selling books, such as:
- The Harry Potter series
- The Handmaid's Tale series
- The Hunger Games series
There are also professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible available, including:
- Life of Pi
- A Day at the Office
- Great Expectations
Notable ebooks and audiobooks
Other notable ebook titles available through Kindle Unlimited include:
- When We Believed in Mermaids
- If You Tell, Devoted
- In An Instant
- The Girl Beneath the Sea
- The Girl in Cabin 13
- Where the Forest Meets The Stars
And notable audiobook titles include:
- Into the Darkest Corner
- Gray Justice
- The Magpies
- Watch Over Me
- Finding Emma
- Wuthering Heights
- Treasure Island.
There ebooks that are exclusive to Kindle Unlimited, too, such as:
- Because She Loves Me
- The Thief Taker
- The Hangman's Daughter series
- War Brides
- Watching Over You
- Cry Baby
- James Duigan's Clean and Lean books
How do you select an ebook or audiobook to enjoy?
As mentioned above, once you've subscribed to the Kindle Unlimited service, any ebook or audiobook that is Kindle Unlimited-eligible will have the Kindle Unlimited logo on it. You can simply select that title from Amazon's Kindle Store, choose "Read for $0.00/£0.00", and away you go.
Does Kindle Unlimited feature Amazon's Whispersync technology?
Not all titles in the Kindle Unlimited library are Whispersync for Voice-enabled, which lets you easily switch between reading an ebook to listening to an audiobook without missing a single moment of the story, but thousands of titles do support the technology.
If a title is enabled, it will pick up where you left off, even if switching from text to audio.
What are some other features?
Apart from Whispersync, you can enjoy all the usual Kindle features such as Popular Highlights (identifies the passages with the most highlights), X-Ray (a reference tool), and customer reviews.