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Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.

The online retailer will have Kindle Unlimited logos on eligible titles, which can be read for free by those with an active subscription. Popular titles like the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and others are available with Kindle Unlimited. It's a neat concept and one we can see many utilizing. Amazon will be bundling a three-month subscription to Audible too.

There's also a free 30-day trial, should you be interested. Find the press release below.

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:

Unlimited reading: Access over 600,000 books including best sellers like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Water for Elephants, Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, All the King's Men, Wonder Boys, Ask for It, The Princess Bride, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, The Atlantis Gene, Kitchen Confidential, The Sisterhood, Crazy Little Thing, The Blind Side, and The Giver, plus thousands of classics such as Animal Farm, To the Lighthouse, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cat's Cradle, and The Good Earth, as well as books featuring beloved children's characters from Sesame Street, and useful reference titles including books from the For Dummies series and Lonely Planet travel guides.

Unlimited listening: Keep the story going with unlimited access to more than 2,000 audiobooks from Audible with Whispersync for Voice, and switch seamlessly between reading and listening to customer favorites like the Hunger Games trilogy, Life of Pi, The Handmaid's Tale, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, The Great Santini, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Winter's Tale, Boardwalk Empire, El Narco, Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, The Finisher, Johnny Carson, The Stranger I Married, and Life Code.

Kindle exclusives: Choose from hundreds of thousands of books only found on Kindle, including Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, The Hangman's Daughter series by Oliver Pötzsch, War Brides by Helen Bryan, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope books, When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath, Chasing Shadows by CJ Lyons, and Sick by Brett Battles.

Short Reads: For a quick escape, select from thousands of books that are 100 pages or less, including Kindle Singles from Stephen King, Andy Borowitz, and Nelson DeMille, and short fiction from Amazon Publishing's StoryFront imprint.

Free three-month Audible membership: In addition to the thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible included in Kindle Unlimited, subscribers get a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to more than 150,000 titles.

Popular Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, X-Ray, customer reviews, and Goodreads integration. Read and listen everywhere: Access across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8—so you always have your library with you and never lose your place.

For more details on Kindle Unlimited, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.

 
There are 43 comments

oesjmr says:

Can't Amazon Prime members already borrow books for free? I don't have Prime, so how is this different?

bespinct says:

Prime Members had one free book a Month. This provides as many books as you can read in the month for $10. Not a bad deal if you read a bunch of books a month and don't often stray from what is available in the Kindle Bookstore.

oesjmr says:

Thanks for the explanation! I wasn't sure how that worked with Prime.

bujin says:

I think that it's also limited to kindle devices, rather than apps, no?

jsabo says:

You are correct. It's the only reason I charge my old Kindle Fire.

You can use apps, I'm using my iPad for it as we speak.

tlo07 says:

For the free book per month you can use your ipad?

abbott says:

Yeah Kindle works on PC, Android, and iOS.

tlo07 says:

I know the Kindle app works on an ipad but I don't think you can get the free book that comes with the Prime membership unless you have an actual Kindle. I wonder if you can get the free book on a Kindle though and use whispersync then to continue reading on an ipad. I wouldn't mind having a little e-ink Kindle for reading at night before before bed.

kaiser10123 says:

This is correct i have a fire hdx 8.9 and it is only device i can read my free book a month because others apps and devices will not see that prime book

MKIVGTIVR6 says:

At first you make it sound like Audible is part of the package... At the end it sounds like it's only 3 months. Which is it?

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Devhux says:

Looks like it's a limited selection of Audible content that's included with Kindle Unlimited.

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jeffhesser says:

This will likely be a money saver for my wife on her summer break (teacher). She generally buys 4-5 books a week on her month of summer vacation.

Gekko says:

Netflix for Books.

minitalis says:

Once again this is US only for now.

Seems pretty piss poor to be honest.

JanPierewiet says:

+1 the article should have mentioned that...

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infraRED23 says:

Great step... Now I won't have to stop myself from purchasing the books I wanted (and couldn't)...

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deparson says:

I can't find any reference to how many books or audio books you can check out at one time. Anyone know?

kcerica says:

I'd hate to pay for this plus audible but it might be worth it if whispersync is available for enough ebooks

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AOSPrevails says:

This don't interest me as I don't have time to sit down and read. But Audible unlimited would definitely get my money.

ConTejas says:

So you never watch TV or do anything besides work and sleep? It's fine not to read (even though more people should IMO) but just don't offer the lame excuse that you don't have time.

Speccers says:

A nice start, not one of the various series I read is included with this yet. Looks to be mostly what's in the lending library. When I am actually current on what I have in my reading queue I may try the free trial and look. If there's even a series or two I want to read included in there it's worth it for a month or two at a time.

If you are already an Audible member then you are given 3 additional credits. You have to activate your Kindle Unlimited membership and one credit will be added to your account immediately. According to the Audible rep I spoke with the other two credits arrive 30 days later. I just did it while I was on the phone with Audible and it went as smooth as could be.

Macfuk says:

This is well and good, and industry needs to keep up... But I'd hate to see authors get f**ked over like bands have been with the subscription service model.

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I was just going to ask the same thing... How do authors get paid with this new plan?

JaHollen says:

Is the selection based on publishers? Any idea which publishers are included? 600,000 is not a lot but it can be enough if the right books are included.

Apocalypso says:

Meh... Why pay $9.99 a month when I can easily borrow ebooks and audiobooks for free via my local library using OverDrive Media Console?
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mammlouk says:

Because OverDrive sucks and the selection is limited? At least that has been my experience.

meyerweb says:

Overdrive does suck, but the selection, at least in the genres I enjoy, is better than what Amazon is offering. I've found virtually nothing by well known authors. It's mostly old novels and authors I've never heard of. Yeah, there are a few well known books and series included, but those seem more bait and switch than actually representative.

Amir47 says:

This is actually limited too. Book my wife wanted wasn't part of it.

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the tree says:

I'm more intereste din the fact that I get the Audible books for the same price... but only 2000 of them?
Doesn't seem like a lot.

jemalone says:

Does this work for the kindle app or just on the kindle fire tablet. I have both and android phone and android tablet that is not the kindle fire.

cjones says:

Looks like it will work on any tablets or phones.

"Read and listen everywhere: Access across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8—so you always have your library with you and never lose your place."

STiK says:

That Logo

HenryWiygul says:

Can I get a Google Play Books All Access, please?! I don't use Kindle and I don't want to start now. Come on Google, you can do this!

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meyerweb says:

I am hugely unimpressed. Not one of the books in my wishlist is included. None of the books I've read in the last few months is included. When I searched for books by authors I like, I found 1 book, out of several hundred they've published in total, that was included. The included books seem to be mainly old, or by authors that you've never heard of.

The idea is sound, the implementation, so far, a failure.

ahutchga1972 says:

I'm not impressed. Looks like just a repackaged Kindle Lending Library. There are no books that interest me (historical biographies).

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Amir47 says:

Prime members don't even get a discount. So between this, prime, and freetime I'll be paying amazon $256/year. At least on freetime I got a discount.

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AJC1973 says:

I said they should offer Prime at 99 a year or 9.99 a month... they would be able to get more people that could afford the 9.99 and sure they spend 20 more a year its just more convenient to some people to do this...

perhaps they will at some point, maybe even 12.99 a month for all prime's services... people do that auto pay they forget all about paying month to month till after its gone...

even if someone does it only for a month then stops and uses it certain times a year its more money they wouldnt normally get

cshrader says:

I was seriously considering this until I looked at the available books. I search for eight of the 30+ books on my to-read list and none of them are included.

No Simon Sinek? No Malcolm Gladwell? No Jim Collins? No Dave Ramsey? No thanks!!

Hand_O_Death says:

I am a audible lite member for $10 a year. I get No credits but every sale that is offered. Just make sure you go to the site and check the library tab every now and then for pop up surprise sales

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monsieurms says:

Boy, if I were an author, this stuff would really start to tick me off. It seems to go a long way to minimizing the author's ability to make money on sales.

deparson says:

Not really. Under Amazon's models for ebooks (and paper books for that matter) the author get a larger cut of the total revenue. And if they self publish they get even more.

Publishers do get a great deal less but they also do far less that the old school model. And No, they don't like it :)