Is Kindle Unlimited a good option?
Susan #questionnaire #e-book
I like it but we get it automatically with amazon prime deal x
I have it but only cheaper books tend to be on there. Not really a saving. Depends how many you read per month and whether you will buy others not on unlimited.
It depends on how much you read. Because there is no contract I dip in and out of it. I have it for the winter months when I do a lot of reading then cancel for the summer months. In the UK It is 7.99 £ a month. With prime you get prime books which are free. So you might want to keep with them.
Have heard that the most popular books aren’t part of it.
I would always suggest checking the range first. Some well know authors but a lot new authors.
Susan Foster yeah. Might be a few gems, but you’re not going to get the newest King or Child!
If you love reading and reads loads… it’s great. I’ve had it for years and love it but I read 3 to 4 books a week. It’s also good for finding new authors and trying books you may not try if u had to buy (in case u read a few chapters n just can’t get into it…) I’ve found some of my favourite authors via kindle unlimited ❤️
Only if it is on free offer in my opinion. Not many of the good authors I follow on there.
I love it, agree with Nicky that if you read a lot then it ideal. Think I have probably discovered some great authors such as LJ Ross, Dot Hutchinson and Joy Ellis and great characters by having access to this.
Many authors like me put their first-in-series books – or anthologies – on KU to try to attract a readership. It doesn’t mean they’re worse books (I hope!) just that the authors are using the system as a loss-leader or reader magnet to find new readers who may only buy free or cheap books.
True. I’ve found new authors, read for free on KU then paid full price for later books once I’ve tried them and love them. Angela Marsons and the Kim stone series for example. Just found Caroline Mitchell too
@Nicky And now you’ve found me! ?
@Keith yep ? will be trying yours next ?
I use it I think it’s grea
I’ve loved having KU xx
It’s great for authors!
I’ve just started kindle unlimited but I read 3 or more books a week mainly crime thrillers. Think it’s a great way of discovering some really good not so popular authors too.
It’s good if you read a lot. Most of my books are available in KU.
Yes, both for authors and readers.
Also first month is free so if your not happy cancel it.
Love it ? for readers and authors.
Many new authors will never be picked up by traditional publishers because, basically, they are now a closed shop.
There is a growing number of very successful ( often more so than trads) who are available only on Ebook, in-part due to the highly restrictive cost of printing hardback and paperbacks. KU is a great way for these new authors to break through and for new readers to discover them.
My partner is a new author and has a new crime series in KU and he’s building up a loyal following. ?
You’re Library isa better option than KU
Not all books are in libraries and some libraries have a limited amount or type of books x
I prefer Amazon Prime reading, lots of choice
Pretty please can you tell me how to Access Prime Reading. I’ve given up trying to ‘find’ it….. ????
Yes sure. Go to your Amazon account and click on ‘My Prime’.
Thank you so much Lucy! Yup, found it and hopefully bookmarked! Xx
Yay! you’re welcome 🙂
Wish prime reading was in Canada but its not
KU is a great idea for avid readers but it is only the authors who make their ebooks exclusive to Amazon that can be included in KU, therefore, you won’t find any of the authors who dislike giving Amazon exclusive rights to sell their ebooks. I have a number of readers who read ebooks on the Kobo platform, therefore, I would never deprive these readers by making myself exclusive to KU. So, I’m sorry folks, you won’t find any of my novels there.
@Chris, you are right , but for new authors, the KU platform is a good starting point and a good platform to find new readers as social proof.
Yes, I suppose you are right and new authors have to start somewhere and if they are new they won’t have built a readership on other formats like Kobo.
As an author it’s a great way of reaching a broader audience for a first in series. My Alex Ripley Mysteries series is doing really nicely on KU, and has helped with pre-order sales of the subsequent book in the series.
I love Kindle Unlimited. Even if I am on a blog tour or doing author reads I always check to see I can get it on Unlimited as the author does get paid for page turns then too.
If you believe it’s a different market than people who will buy your books (and I do), the answer is Yes. The payoff is increased book “sales”. It has been good for me.
For readers it is great. For authors, a key disadvantage is KU is not a verified purchase for leaving a review on the Amazon site.
@Gordon Ah, I wasn’t aware of that!
@Susan I don’t understand why Amazon don’t allow it. KU users still pay a monthly fee so it is in effect a verified purchase.
@Gordon I would have thought so
@Gordon a review is s review though Gordon, surely? How many people pick up a paperback from a charity shop, or hardback from Waterstones and go on the leave review on Amazon ? ?
@Christine very good point
@Christine Yes of course, I agree. Every review positive or negative supports the author. Amazon should recognise that a KU reader has in fact made a purchase and if the reader decides to leave a review then it deserves to be recognised as a verified purchase.?
@Gordon, yes. Your are right. ?
Proabably the reason they don’t is you aren’t actually purchasing the book but borrowing it like a library.
Works well for most authors – but each KU title must be exclusive to amazon. 🙂
I don’t think so, I tried the free trial but wasn’t that impressed
It is if you read alot I’ve had it for a couple years and read alot haven’t run out if books yet
I have enjoyed it for five months now but finding the selection drying up a bit
I tried it to finish reading a series I had liked the first book of… Wasn’t a fan of the fact that once you leave unlimited, ALL the books you got during it vanish. If I like a book and have paid to read it, I want to keep a copy. Plus very few of the authors I like reading are actually available via unlimited. So, for me, it wasn’t worth it.
@Janis right which is why ku isnt for all as its lending you the book
@Sean Yep! I have an extensive free ebook library… via my local library I can access if I want to just borrow a book. But I am a book hoarder. If I love it I keeps it. LOL!
I love it
I ‘ve had it for years and I love it
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