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MY EXPERIENCE WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED

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Kindle unlimited is a service provided by amazon which is essentially a virtual library. You can ‘borrow’ certain books at a monthly cost of 199 rupees. I had wanted to try it out for the longest time and finally last month I decided to give it a try.

How it works

  • You select a package that you want to take from amazon.in. They have 3 packages available- one month, six months or one year. I tried the one month one.
  • Once you select a package you get full access to all the books under the kindle unlimited category
  • You ‘borrow’ up to 10 books at a time and if you want to read more books, just return one of the books you’ve finished reading or don’t want to read. That means you can borrow unlimited books, just not more than 10 at the same time.
  • Once your subscription duration is over you return all your borrowed books, they basically disappear once you sync your app/ kindle if you don’t renew your subscription.

The Good

  • You can borrow unlimited books
  • you get to read 10 books simultaneously
  • the price is good for an avid reader
  • wide selection of books from crime, drama to health and cooking
  • you can read each book at your own pace till your subscription lasts
  • great for voracious readers

The Bad

  • the selection is mostly restricted to Indian/ self-published authors
  • You won’t find any Stephen king or such big authors on it
  • International bestselling books are not included.
  • Not very useful for someone who reads only 1 or 2 books a month

 

MY TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

  • Go through the list of the kindle unlimited books and see if any of your TBRs are on the list. Get KU only if your desired books are on the list.
  • Always check for offers. They usually have offers during Diwali, Christmas and New Year’s.
  • Take your subscription early in the morning or when you are actually going to read so that you can use it to the maximum. I took my subscription on the 28th of June at 10pm and it got over on the 28th of July 10pm. So I only got like 2 hours of read on the 28th of June.
  • Use it to try out new authors or genres as there is no restrictions on how many books you can borrow. I borrowed over 25 books and returned any book that I didn’t like, even after reading the first 2-3 chapters.
  • You can keep up to 10 books in your kindle till you don’t sync it or go online after your subscription period is over. That way you get a little extended time to read those books.

My thoughts

After reading Jurassic series and watching the latest movie I was craving some chomping action. I came across the soon to be released Jason Statham movie ‘MEG’ which was based on a series by Steve Alten. I looked around and found the trilogy on Kindle unlimited. Each book of the series if brought separately was around 225 bucks each. So with kindle unlimited, in just 200 bucks, I ended up reading all three books plus a few other books. I also ended up reading 4 books on aromatherapy and cooking and health books which I would have never read otherwise. I am very happy with my KU subscription however I will not be renewing it for now, as I already have a huge pile of books that I own and need to finish reading.

I will suggest KU for anyone who –

  1. Likes and reads mostly Indian authors
  2. Likes to read e-books
  3. Does not want to spend too much on buying books
  4. Wants to try different genres and authors without burning a hole in their pockets
  5. Is a voracious reader

Have you used Kindle unlimited? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments. If you are planning to try Kindle Unlimited and have any questions, please feel free to ask me.. I’d be happy to help.

 

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