Is Kindle Unlimited Worth the Money?

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The advent of e-readers has opened up the door to a plethora of additional reading options. Before the invention of this technology, if you wanted to get your reading fix you would go to a bookstore, a library or borrow books from friends.

For many years I resisted getting a Kindle but finally did cave after hearing all the rave reviews. My personal preference is to hold a real live book in my hands; however I will admit that Kindles do have their place.

When traveling there’s nothing better than being able to bring along a whole stack of reading material in one small device. On a cold, snowy day when you actually have time to read the ease in which you can peruse new material and buy with a push of the button (and not having to venture out in the cold!) is awe inspiring.

Of course, with the advent of easy access comes the ability to spend money without thinking. The “one-click buy” is certainly convenient, until you look at your bank account and realize how much you spent!

There are multiple ways to access free content over the Kindle. I’ve read many an excellent book that was free; of course I’ve also gotten many a stinker for free. Many libraries also have copies available to lend although it may take a while to get a popular book.

One other option of getting an unlimited number of books is by purchasing a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. For $10 per month you get access to a variety of books for no additional charge. Just like with any service, there are pros and cons. Whether this is right for you depends upon your reading preferences.

  1. Not all books are available in Kindle Unlimited. In fact, most of the books that I wanted to read weren’t included. If you are particular about what books you read this may not be a good option for you. However, if you like to be adventurous in your book choices then go for it!
  2. It costs $10/month whether you use the service of not. When I tried the service, I thought that the kids and/or my mom might be interested in well. Unfortunately no one else used the service and I don’t read that much. I found that it was more cost effective for me to buy 1 – 2 books that I would really enjoy versus spending the $10/month.
  3. You can only check out 10 books at a time. This may or may not be a problem for you. Personally I don’t have time to read 10 books. However, if you have multiple family members using your Kindle and/or you like to read multiple books at a time this may be a downside. Once you have reached the maximum amount you will need to “return” a book to check out any more.

Overall I wasn’t impressed with Kindle Unlimited and have cancelled my membership. I’d be interest to hear from people who like the service and how they make it work for them.


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3 thoughts on “Is Kindle Unlimited Worth the Money?

  1. This for your review of this. I’d thought about it, but had some of the exact concerns that you outlined in this post. I think I’ll stick with getting books through Overdrive from the public library for now, even if that means I do have to wait a bit for some of the more popular ones.

    • Laura – I’m glad I could save you a couple of bucks 🙂 I was really hoping to like the service and was disappointed that it didn’t work out the way it did. However, I’d rather get two books that I LOVED with that money instead of a bunch of books that didn’t do anything for me.