Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

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It is a legitimate question given the promotion of ebooks by the various ereaders. In this article, I will try and answer the question, Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? Here we will look at amazon’s service as it relates to reading, listening and that it’s books can be read on any device.  I will also share amazon’s response to customers questions about this service.

So let’s begin by looking at each of their “unlimited” service:

Kindle Unlimited Genres and Authors

According to amazon, their Kindle Unlimited is a new service that allows you to read as much as you want, choosing from over 1 million titles and thousands of audio-books. Yes, you read that correct, over 1 million titles. Now that is a lot of books.

With new authors appearing all the time and many of their books making it to the best sellers list, you have access to them. With Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial”  you can freely explore these new authors, books, and genres from mysteries and romance to sci-fi and more.

Now as you all know, books are either non-fiction or fiction. Books that are non-fiction contain factual information, such as biographies and history books. Fiction books contain a story where the author makes it up.

Non-fiction and fiction books can be further divided into many different sub-types, called “genres.” 

Now here’s why Kindle Unlimited gives you so much in terms of the genres. Just to give you an idea of these, I listed them below:

Science fiction Satire Drama
Action and Adventure Romance Mystery, Fantasy
Horror Self help Health
Guide Travel Children’s
Religion, Spirituality Science History
Math Anthology Poetry
Encyclopedias Dictionaries Comics
Art Cookbooks Diaries
Journals Prayer books Series
Trilogy Biographies Autobiographies

In some of my earlier articles, I wrote about the convenience of the Kindle in terms of its functionality and technical features but there’s so much more to explore with the Kindle ereader. Freedom is what we all cherish. The Kindle Unlimited gives you the freedom to explore.

Explore what? You can explore new genres, discover new authors, and read about new adventures. And you know what? You will have unlimited access to amazon’s wide and varied selection of books.  

From business to romance, or comedy to tragedy, you will find unlimited stories. If you love the classics, you will get them too.

According to research, two of the most interesting genres of books are satire and anthologies. Satire as you may know is making fun of some sort of person or institution. Political satires, such as A Confederacy of Dunces, are quite popular works. Anthologies, which is a published collection of poems or other pieces of writing. An example would be the works of Shakespeare.

Let’s now look at the next service:

Listening – Unlimited Narration

This is another cool service that amazon provides. It has a free audible audiobook. This mean that you can listen to free professionally narrated books.

How does this feature work? I know some would like to hear a book read to them. I also know there are some of you who would love to continue with your book when you get onto the road etc. I think you will love this feature as it takes care of both of the above..

It has a feature called Whispersync that speaks loud and clear to those of us who love to listen to our books as much as we love to read them. So whenever you see “Kindle Unlimited with Narration,” you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening without ever losing your place.

All you need to do is tap the play button. You can use your earphone so that even when you are in the car, in the gym, in the kitchen – wherever your day takes you. You can keep the story going.

Kindle does not restrict you as to which device you can use to read your book. For me, personally I like the Kindle as it is the best device for the eyes.

Unlimited – On Any Device

Not everyone has a Kindle and what this service does is, it allows you to read your favorite book on any device.

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, allows you to take every word, every sentence, every story, everywhere you go. So whether you have an iPad, tablet, computer, you can read your book on any of these devices.

If you have questions like the ones below about this service, here’s what amazon says:

Frequently Asked Questions on amazon

Amazon has responded to some of the Frequently Asked Questions. As per Amazon, here they are:

Q: How can I access Kindle Unlimited books?

A: You can find Kindle Unlimited books everywhere you shop for Kindle books today. Look for the Kindle Unlimited icon throughout the Kindle Store and click on the “Read for Free” button on Kindle book pages to start reading.

You can find popular titles and recommendations from our editors on the Kindle Unlimited page or browse our entire catalog and refine by your favorite genre.

Q: Do I need a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle Unlimited?

A: No. You can read Kindle Unlimited books on your Kindle device or your phone, tablet or computer with our free Kindle Reading apps.

Q: How can I access Kindle Unlimited audiobooks?

A: You can enjoy Kindle Unlimited audiobooks on Kindle Fire HDX tablets, iOS or Android phones and tablets with a free Kindle Reading apps and Audible’s free listening apps.

Look for the Kindle Unlimited ‘With Narration’ icon on Kindle book pages or browse our catalog of titles with free audiobook companions.

Q: Are Public Domain titles included in Kindle Unlimited? If so, why?

A: Around 500 public domain titles are included in Kindle Unlimited, all of which we’ve synched with their free audiobook companions as a benefit to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Q: How can I sign-up for Kindle Unlimited on my iOS device?

A: To sign-up for Kindle Unlimited on your iPhone or iPad, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited in your browser. You can find and download Kindle Unlimited books from your browser the same way you shop for books in the Kindle Store and read them with our free Kindle Reading app.

Q: Is Kindle Unlimited available to customers living outside the US?

A: Kindle Unlimited is currently available only to US customers on Amazon.com. Customers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico and Canada can sign-up for Kindle Unlimited in their local Amazon marketplace. We also plan to expand this service to other countries. Please stay tuned.

Conclusion

To answer the question, is Kindle Unlimited worth it?  Given the unlimited access to millions of books and that these books can also be narrated to you, and the fact that these books can be read on any device, I think the answer is clear. IT IS WORTH IT!

Click below to Start your 30 Day Free trial. You can cancel after the free trial or anytime thereafter!

      


Kindle Vs iPad For Reading

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Kindle Vs iPad for ReadingKindle vs iPad

As you know Apple and Amazon are two giant companies and their products such as the Kindle and iPad are used all over the globe. These are two amazing devices. As far as Kindle vs iPad, there are differences. One is mainly used for communication and the other for reading.

Now now both these devices are used for reading. According to the Pew Research Center the number of American people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

The question many ask, which will give you the better reading experience?  In this article, I look at Amazon Kindle vs iPad and will see which device has the upper hand when it comes to the best reading experience.

Before diving into this, let’s firstly look at what these two devices are:

What is the Amazon Kindle?

Kindle vs iPad for Reading
Kindle Reading

The Amazon Kindle is a hand held electronic device very similar to the iPad. It has been developed by the online retailer Amazon.  

Amazon released the Kindle, the first generation device on November 19, 2007.  It delivered black and white text, and rough images, which you could read on a screen.  

Since then, it has developed a number of models and with additional features.  Today we have newer models such as Kindle Fire, Kindle Voyage and the Kindle Paperwhite.

What is the Apple iPad?

An iPad is a handheld tablet computing device created by Apple. The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010. Since then it has released five iPad models. Millions of people are currently using this device and is the most popular tablet device on the market. Apple has two main models available, the iPad and iPad mini.  The iPad is large with a 9.7 inch color screen; the iPad mini has a 7.9 inch display.

Since both these devices promote reading, they have their own app stores. Let’s look at them:

Buying books on the Amazon Kindle vs Apple iPad

When it comes to books, both the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad have exciting and vibrant book apps. What the Amazon Kindle does is that it enables you to buy and read a range of bestsellers from the Amazon Kindle store. Users can also subscribe to a range of newspapers and magazine articles. These are specially formatted for the Amazon Kindle.

The Apple App store has, unquestionably, the upper hand here though. It has an iBooks app with its own iBooks Store. Its iBook store has a vast range of best sellers and free books.  An additional feature is that you can also buy the Amazon Kindle app for the iPad, which gives you access to any Kindle books, magazines and newspapers purchased or subscribed to from the Kindle Store.

Which is better: Kindle or iPad for reading?

There is no dispute with regard to the versatility and capability of the iPad. With Apple’s operating system and its app store, it definitely has an upper hand on the Amazon Kindle but is it the better device for reading.

Here are some features and comments from users of both these devices.

Let’s look first at the Kindle:


Amazon Kindle and Voyage feature stellar battery ratings and specifications meant for voracious readers. The Apple iPad has an impressive battery life of around 10 hours, but it’s measured in hours, not days. The iPad needs recharging every day.
The Kindle does not have notifications that interrupt while during reading
The Kindle is formatted for reading and you dot get distracted by notifications.
The Kindle is easy on the eyes.
The Kindle has no color and no backlight. It actually looks the same (if not better) than paper.
Reading is an experience best enjoyed without distractions
You can simply turn on your kindle and it will be ready to go, at the page you left off on.
The size and weight is a huge plus.


Now let’s look at the iPad:


Battery will need to be charged almost on a daily basis especially when reading over a long period of time.
iPad has notifications, if not turned off can interrupt you while reading
With the iPad there are so many things to do with it, so many cool apps to try out which can be distracting (although you can turn this off but when you are on your iPad, you want to get these notifications).
With the iPad, it tries to do a little bit of everything. It is great at many things.
iPad has color and backlight that can cause some eye strain when used for reading for  a prolonged period of time.
The iPad is heavier than a Kindle


My Choice

Kindle vs iPad for Reading
Both these devices are great. One cannot argue with the reputation of apple’s iPad and its many features and  functionality. It enjoys global popularity but when it comes to making the best choice. I would give the Kindle a 5 start for reading experience and would choose that over the iPad. The iPad is not specifically formatted for the purpose of prolonged reading. The weight, no distraction, longer battery life, no color and back light and the fact that it was designed for reading, makes the Kindle a better device for reading than Apple’s iPad.

Click here to buy your Kindle  or click on the image below to Buy this Kindle for a low price of $59.99 at Amazon