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Kindle Unlimited: Is it worth the monthly subscription?

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Hello, fellow book lovers. Today, I’d like to talk about Amazon’s book borrowing service, Kindle Unlimited. I’ll share my thoughts and experiences about the scheme, explain what you get as part of the subscription and whether I feel the monthly fee is value for money.

This isn’t a sponsored post or anything but I’ve seen a lot of reviews about Kindle Unlimited coming up in my feeds. I want to add my thoughts to the blogosphere.

Just in case you didn’t know, here’s a bit of information on what it is.

Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Kindle Unlimited is a paid monthly subscription that gives you access to Amazon’s Kindle lending library. You can enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon’s catalogue is extensive (over 1 million eBooks) and has titles in every category and genre including those with audible narrations. There’s a rotating selection of popular magazines that you can borrow too.

For £7.99 a month, you can borrow up to 10 Kindle Unlimited books at a time. Once you have 10 out and are looking to borrow another one, Amazon lets you choose which book or multiple books to return.

Sign up for a 30-day free trial. You have the option to cancel your subscription any time. What are you waiting for?

Here are the links:

🇬🇧 Kindle Unlimited UK 🇬🇧 ¦🇺🇸 Kindle Unlimited US 🇺🇸

I’ve had my subscription since 14th May 2019 and have borrowed lots of books. But is it worth it?

The eBooks

To a book hoarder worm like me, my biggest issue at the beginning was that I didn’t actually own any of the books I download. I like owning books. However, if I’m honest with myself, there are certain books I re-read, but the majority of the books I own I read once and haven’t picked up since. 😉 Since starting Kindle Unlimited eighteen months ago, I’ve borrowed 26 books which is about 3 books borrowed every couple of months.

The Audiobooks

I bought an Audible subscription way back on 8th July 2018. It’s the same price per month as Kindle Unlimited. I’ve always used my free monthly credit as soon as it pops onto my account. 😉 Therefore, I’m frequently taking advantage of the discounted price for the audiobooks to Kindle Unlimited members. There are over 50,000 audiobooks available through the scheme, all have whispersync so you can swap between the eBook and narration easily.

My first experience of whispersync was with Chosen by K.F. Breene.

book cover for Warrior Chronicles book 1 - Chosen by K.F. Breene

The story was an epic fantasy. I’d steered clear of that genre in the past due to the usually tricky pronunciations. Listening to the story while I was reading it seemed like the perfect solution. It was! In fact, listening to the narration while reading on my Kindle quickly became my favourite way to immersing myself into a story.

The Magazines

To be honest, I’m not a big magazine reader. Therefore, I can’t comment on this aspect of the membership. I know that there are lots of magazines to choose from across many genres. If you’re a KU subscriber and have borrowed magazines with your membership, drop me a comment. I’d love to know your thoughts about the selection, rotation and quantity of magazines available.

My Conclusion: Is a subscription for Kindle Unlimited worth the money?

I think for me, it is worth the £7.99 a month I’m currently paying. As a supporter of indie authors, many of them put their books in Kindle Unlimited either permanently or temporarily after release. Plus, I’ve taken advantage of the huge discount on audiobooks by borrowing the eBooks from the catalogue.

For example, I borrowed Semi-Psychic Life by Elizabeth Hunter with my Kindle Unlimited membership and added the narration for £3.49! The audiobook costs non-members £16.00. Damn good saving, right?

book cover for Glimmer Lake 2 - Semi-Psychic Life by Elizabeth Hunter

In conclusion, Kindle Unlimited hasn’t saved me megabucks as I’m not a super-fast reader. However, I still think my bank account is in a healthier state because of it. I mean, I’d still be buying books, right? 😉

I’d love to hear your thoughts about Kindle Unlimited. Are you thinking of buying a subscription? Do you have KU already? Drop me a comment below.

signature graphic. Happy reading from flora image sitting on books

Before you go, don’t forget to check out my post about my growing love of eBooks and audiobooks.

Bye for now,

Flora x

About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(21) Comments

  1. Am I understanding this correctly – that if you take out the Unlimited subscription you can access all of the Audible recordings? In which case I could ditch my Audible subscription and just use the Unlimited. I wouldn’t get enough value if it was limited just to e-books since I wouldn’t read very many per month

    1. Flora says:

      I borrow the ebook through Kindle Unlimited and take advantage of the reduced cost of the Audible (whispersync).
      Not all books are available through KU though and some audiobooks aren’t “whisphersync”

  2. Every time I browse through books online, I always consider buying Kindle Unlimited but never do. I’m a slow reader, so never thought it was worth it, however, it’s nice to know that the option is there if I need it. Thank you for your honest review, it’s certainly something to consider if I end up reading more per month!

    1. Flora says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think you’re right. However, should Amazon reduce membership cost it would be worth you giving it a try too.

      1. Absolutely, I will keep that in mind! Thank you.

        1. You’re welcome. x

  3. I loved it when I had it. I found some authors that I really liked. I don’t have it now because I feel like I have more than I can handle with NetGalley ARCs.

    1. I know what you mean, Olivia. I’m not sure whether I’ll keep my membership indefinitely, but I’m getting value for money at the moment.
      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

  4. Great post 🙂 I think a kindle wouldn’t be worth it for me, as I’m not getting through as many books as I used to. Thank you for sharing, I appreciate your thoughts on this!

    1. Thanks Eleanor. It’s great to have options, isn’t it?

  5. I love how you’ve pointed out the pros and cons for Kindle Unlimited. I’ve definitely considered it but because I read mainly galleys pre-pub I don’t think it’s worth my while at this moment. I do see great value for others though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks. I was in the same situation as you last year – too many ARCs to get through to see the benefit. I’m now on top of that particular TBR pile, so I’m hoping to see a bigger value for money comparison next year.

  6. What a great post! I really appreciated how informative it was. I didn’t realize you got audiobook discounts with Kindle Unlimited!

    1. Thanks Liza. I don’t think you’re alone, I’m not sure many people realise the “whispersync” discount.

  7. Sounds like you have definitely had some good savings using the KU membership. I tried the free trial a couple of years ago but kept forgetting about it and never ended up reading anything before it expired. One of these days I’ll try it again.

    1. Lol! If it wasn’t for some new-to-me authors that I wanted to read for RARE19 in London having books in KU I think I’d forget about it too.

  8. I have both and I think, for me, that audible is better value at the moment. When I’ve read my tbr (like that will ever happen!) then I think KU will benefit me!

    1. Lol! I know what you mean Caro. The never ending TBR pile!

      1. I cant see a way out unless I can be paid to read!!!!!

        1. Lol! Ah, the golden goose for bookworms.

          1. Heehee!

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