Kindle Unlimited…either you love it or hate it. Really depends who you are.
What is Kindle Unlimited? It’s a service offered by Amazon to Kindle users, where you pay a $9.99 a month to get access to thousands of books. You can check out as many as 10 books at a time and return them for another book, basically like a library, but you do have to pay the $9.99 monthly fee. For readers, this is a great idea as sometimes you don’t want to buy every book, but don’t have access to it at a library. You never “own” the books, but you also can keep them checked out as long as you like.
Now I am not going to get into what it is like for authors or how they get paid because I don’t actually know any of that as I am not an author. But I am a reader.
So I have had a subscription for over a year and I can say Amazon probably makes money off me. I often don’t check out books in a month, nor get a chance to read them. Each month they get my $9.99 and I don’t do anything with it. In my defense, I try hard, but in general the stories aren’t really that great. When I read one, I sigh at the quality and then check the book in….and quickly grab a book I really want to read that I paid for…but then again I paid for Kindle Unlimited, so that defeats that argument.
I have found that most of the books on Kindle Unlimited aren’t amazing, good or passable. I know there are some great books out there, but the ones I am checking out are pretty bad. I am staying the course and still looking for those diamonds in the rough….rough, rough rough. Someday I will find them.
My biggest pet peeve are author ads for their books that read “Read free on Kindle Unlimited. ” BIG PET PEEVE! Why? Well, honey, it’s not free. I pay $9.99 for it, so when I check it out and read it, you get some of the money I paid for the monthly access, hence not free. Well, you say it doesn’t cost extra to check it out, but it does because I usually have to check in another book I didn’t read to get this one. I get all excited when I see free book … only to find out it isn’t free. It’s not free and I wish everyone (including Amazon) would get that through their heads.
Are you a Kindle Unlimited subscriber? What are your thoughts about it?