All Your Money Are Belong To Us: Amazon's New Digital Battle Plan
Amazon's newest service promises to replace Netflix binges of Bridezillas and X-Files with Rowling and Tolkien marathons.
Kindle Unlimited, a subscription-based service, will give readers unlimited access to over 650,000 titles. Any number of these titles can be downloaded and read for a monthly fee of $9.99 a month. Just like streaming Netflix, you pay a regular fee and use the service as much as you choose.
Talking turkey, That's just about $1.75 more per month than Amazon Prime, the service that goes for $99 annually and allows for free shipping on Amazon purchases, streaming video, all that good stuff. The move is significant as most new Amazon services have fallen under the Prime umbrella, but it would appear that Kindle Unlimited is blazing its own trail.
Oyster Books, another popular service with a similar model, offers about 500,000 titles for $9.95 per month, pretty close until one considers the big selling point with Kindle Unlimited: audiobooks. The current number of estimated audio titles is between 7,000 and 8,000, and in addition Amazon's Whispersync for Voice function would allow a person to read and listen to the same book, picking up from the same spot in text as they left off in the audio.
Would this be a savings for you or something you'd be interested in? What are the implications of having Amazon pick titles that are available for a service like this?
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