Over the holidays I decided to start re-reading the Harry Potter series, and rather than reading the physical books I decided to get them on Amazon Kindle. This is when I discovered that Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited had launched recently in Australia and New Zealand.
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription-based service (much like Netflix), which allows you to read as many books as you want – an all-you-can-read plan. How it works is quite simple too – you sign up to the service, which costs $13.99 in Australia with a 30-day trial, then start adding books to your collection. The books are then synced automatically to your Kindle, mobile, or tablet. However, there is a ‘catch.’
Only books which show “read for $0 Kindle Unlimited” are included, so I often get asked if it is really worth it. The answer to that really depends on what you like to read and how often you read.One of the largest series to be included is Harry Potter. To put this into perspective, each of the books cost $10.99 individually, which would mean buying all 7 books would cost over $75 – so for this series alone it has made the Kindle Unlimited worth it (providing I read them all in a few months).
While there are over 1 million books available, I have only found a few books I would personally read, but there’s still a significant selection there. I would have liked to see J.K Rowling’s other books included, as well as the audible service, but so far the service looks promising.
If you love reading and particularly if you do a lot of it from a Kindle, I would highly suggest giving a look at at the service after all with a 30-day trial and the fact you can cancel it before you get charged means you don’t really have anything to lose.
You can browse books on Kindle Unlimited and sign up to the service at Amazon.