Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?
Any time I post about Kindle Unlimited, I inevitably get a few questions about the service. It doesn't matter if I'm on my bookstagram or my blog. These questions pop up from fellow readers interested in knowing more about KU. One of the most frequently asked questions being, is it worth it? And in this blog post I'd like to break that down for you from my own knowledge as a consistent user of the platform.
I've talked a lot about the numerous books I've read on Kindle Unlimited in my reviews and blog posts. I've been a KU member for almost a year on and off which is probably my longest subscription to anything. It is a service I use fairly often to feed my romance novel addiction since it has such a wide selection of the genre. It keeps me from spending way too much on physical copies when I feel like going on a romance binge. I've really enjoyed my time on the platform reading the collection of both some popular books and plenty of indie ones.
Kindle Unlimited offers a free trial for new members that I recommend to test the waters whether you're sure you'll love it or not. After 30 days, the monthly plan renews for $9.99 a month with discounts when bought for six months or more. The site also pretty often has deals to lower the cost and they usually send an email notification when a sale is happening. After the first free month, I advise a reader to decide if they'll read more than three ebooks a month which roughly equals the monthly payment amount. It's my method of gauging if KU is worth it for me each month, especially when I'm not reading as many ebooks.
The titles on Kindle Unlimited are mostly what I would classify as indie, self-published, Amazon exclusive books. Occasionally there are popular titles in the selection such as the ones I see right now on the site including Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout, a few Colleen Hoover books, and even the Hunger Games series. Aside from that, there are a plethora of lesser-known titles on the platform. I know my genre of choice is romance so some of my personal favorites are: anything LJ Shen, Final Serenade by N.N. Britt, and 5 Years Later by Jaxson Kidman. There are also plenty of options in genres like fantasy for readers looking for a different variety.
Overall, do I think Kindle Unlimited is worth it? The answer is: it depends. I'm not going to say it's right for everyone but I know there are definitely some pros for the right bookworm. If you're reading a lot of ebooks and are open to looking at new titles I would say yes. If you're less in search of very specific popular titles and are more interested in browsing for great finds I would also say yes. If you're reading less than three of the KU ebooks a month I'd say no as you can honestly just buy that many for less than the charge of $9.99 a month.
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