Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service is now live in the United States, with more countries getting access to the service soon. Customers can sign up for a free thirty-day trial to get unlimited access to Amazon’s list of Kindle Unlimited ebooks and audiobooks.
Not all of Amazon’s Kindle ebooks are available through Kindle Unlimited, but the number of available titles has risen since the list leaked a couple of days ago. The overall number is now up to 639,636. Here’s the link to the list of Kindle Unlimited ebooks to see what titles are available.
The way Kindle Unlimited works is you get unlimited access to all the ebooks and audiobooks available through KU for as long as you pay the $9.99 per month subscription fee, kind of like Netflix for ebooks. Once you cancel your account and stop paying, access to your downloaded titles through KU goes away. So it’s kind of like renting ebooks instead of buying them.
Unlike the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, you don’t have to own a Kindle device to use Kindle Unlimited. The service works with any Kindle reading app as well the Kindle Cloud Reader, which is accessible from any web browser.
Amazon now shows a Kindle Unlimited icon next to all the titles available on their website, so it’s easy to see which books are included and which are not. You can also browse through the Kindle Unlimited Books page to find new titles.
The way audiobooks work is when you click on the Read for Free button on the Kindle book page of an eligible title, you automatically get access to both the Kindle book and the audiobook—when available—so you can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and Amazon’s Whispersync for Voice keeps everything synced up between the two.