Once again, Amazon has shown why they dominate online book sales. Bibliophiles around the world will love the addition of Kindle Unlimited, with the ability to enjoy over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month.
Like , this service is also the Netflix for readers with an added twist: some titles also include narration. The addition of narration to some titles are a deal breaker for me. When I need to put my book down because my family is hungry, I have to drive or head to work, switching to professional narration is seamless, picking up where I left in the book and vice versa.
Clicking on the link for the 30 day free trial was a no brainer. With the exception of a bungled Keurig offer this past Christmas (5000 units sold out in under a minute – screw you on that faux pas, Amazon!) I have little to complain about as I worship at the altar of Amazon.
I was able to enjoy the choices I picked out across multiple devices, and did not have to load the Audible app to listen to the narration. For those who struggle with space on mobile devices, needing one last app is a huge selling point. This is what made me enjoy the service even more.
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- Free for thirty days than a price of $9.99 a month.
- Readers can check out up to ten titles, returning them easily.
- The variety of titles available are some classics, some best sellers, popular children’s fiction and more.
- The ability to listen or read or both if the narration is included.
- Readers can cancel at anytime.
- There didn’t seem to be a diverse selection of available books. Although The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri was one of the titles available, I didn’t find any other titles written by non whites.
- Navigating the title menu from my Kindle Fire was a pain. I kept getting a page that took me to ALL low cost books rather than just the titles available in the Kindle Unlimited group.
- That PRIME members still have to pay the additional fee. With the exception of Christmas, the flash deals I catch on my Kindle Fire, and requests from the ESL students, I rarely order a physical items. I always forget about my monthly free book, and my children enjoy the streaming TV and movies more than I do. As a member of PRIME, I would have liked to see a perk for being a loyal member.
Conclusion, despite my dislikes, if e-reading is your taste, this service is not to be missed.
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