Monday, September 1, 2014

Oh Amazon, how I love thee... (New Kindle Unlimited Explained)

Let me Count the Ways... 1, 2, 3, 4...

Just when I thought there were already enough reasons to LOVE Amazon...I find yet another.

  1. The Awesomeness of Prime membership which gives me Free 2 Day Shipping of just about everything I buy on Amazon, which is quite a bit because I live very rurally and fuel costs so much more than I pay for my annual Prime membership fee.  
  2. The fact that I save an additional 15% off (and get free shipping) on so many grocery items that I buy every month through the Subscribe & Save program.  
  3. The fact that I have purchased over 900 eBooks on my Kindle and spent no more than maybe $35for them.

I now have a new reason to Love Amazon...  

It's the new KindleUnlimited subscription service!  For just $9.99 per month I can pick from over 600,000 eBooks available on Amazon that normally I might pass up because I didn't want to spend the money to buy that book.  I can't tell you how many books I have put on my Wish List that I really wanted to read, but just couldn't justify the cost of the book at that time, or I didn't want to spend the money and discover the book wasn't as good as I thought it might be.

But now, if I see the KindleUnlimited logo (see instructions below) on the title page of the book I can 'buy' it for FREE!  If the book is terrible I haven't wasted a dime, and if its awesome I can tell my friends its worth the cost so go buy it...or sign up for KindleUnlimited and get it for free too.  Oh, in all fairness to authors, I read the fine print as well...the Authors do get paid for the book when I use KindleUnlimited and actually read the book.

Here is how it looks...

When you see the KindleUnlimited logo [RED ARROW], you just click on the 'Read for Free' button [BLUE ARROW] and the book is instantly uploaded to the reading device you chose.
I should clarify that it is not actually buying the book for free, it's more like borrowing the book.  But not borrowing in the same way you do with the Prime Membership Kindle Library borrowing, where you can only get one book at a time and you have to wait another month to borrow another one.  With KindleUnlimited you can have up to 10 KindleUnlimited books at one time.  You don't have a time limit on how long you keep the book, so no rush reading it.  When you have reached your limit of 10 books and you attempt to purchase another KindleUnlimited book it will ask you to return your oldest KindleUnlimited book first.  When I reach this limit, and I do quite often, I just add the newest book to my Wish List, then when I'm finish reading one of my 10 current KindleUnlimited books and return one, I go back to my Wish List and get the new book.

If you are not sure if you would really buy enough KindleUnlimited books to make it worth the $9.99 monthly subscription price...try it for a month for Free!   At the end of the month, count how many books you were allowed to read for free, (and the cost of those books without KindleUnlimited) to see how much money you saved that month.  If you didn't save at least $9.99, then just cancel the subscription before its renewal date.

You have nothing to lose by trying it Free Trial for 30 days.  You will get to read books for Free all month and you are under no obligation to continue.  I saved over $100 on books that I read my first month, and read some really awesome books (and a dud or two I was glad I didn't pay for), so I definitely continued my subscription!   If you are wondering what happens to the books still on your kindle at the end of the free month, if you decide to cancel at the end of the month???  Those books will automatically be returned, so be sure you are done reading before you cancel.

In the future I will be including some KindleUnlimited books in my Chicken Lady's Pick of FREE eBooks in each Tuesday & Saturday post.

Okay, enough talking about my new love, I'm going to read a book...

NOTE ABOUT KINDLES & AMAZON: Buy the way, you do not need a Kindle device to read Kindle books, you can download the Kindle app to your Laptop, Desktop, Smartphone, iPad and just about any smart devices.  You will need an Amazon account to purchase the free books.  Sign-up is super easy if you don't already have one.  To get a Free book you have to go through the purchase process even though the price is $0.00.  You will need a method of payment on file with Amazon, but they will not charge your card to 'purchase' a free ebook.

*This was an unpaid, unsolicited post about the products shown above that I have purchased myself.  The counting image in this post is courtesy of Ambro at   I have included Affiliate links in this post, please see my Full Disclosure here.

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