Amazon introduced Friday the Kindle Unlimited?a subscription service which gives free access to users to a collection of 600,000 Kindle books, and for $9.99 a month, users can listen to as many as 2,000 audiobooks.
Users can now read bestsellers such as The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for free on their tablets and laptops. Subscribers will also get a complimentary three-month Audible membership, which allows full access to all Audible titles.
?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 of 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
- Unlimited listening
- Kindle exclusives
- Short reads
- Free three-month Audible membership
- Popular Kindle features
- Read and listen everywhere
In today?s world where people have Internet access virtually anywhere, it is not uncommon for services like these to emerge. Spotify, a music streaming app, is also offering a similar service. Users can listen to music for free while connected to the Internet, but they can opt to pay for a monthly membership fee where they are given access to premium features such as offline listening.
Amazon seems to be following this trend and it looks to be a brilliant idea. As long as you have a tablet and an internet connection, then you can read or listen to any book you want?something no one imagined years ago. No doubt some people will actually try this new service, but the big question is?will the service actually sell well? Are people actually now preferring to read digital books than the traditional hardcover ones? Time will tell.
Kindle Unlimited is available now and can be accessed from any Kindle device or Amazon?s Kindle reading apps. You can try their 30-day free trial to start reading and listening here.
via Business Wire
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