If you’re like me, you are a voracious reader.
Whether food labels, street signs, or even this blog, it seems like I’ve always got my nose buried in something!
Amazon, already famous for their text-heavy website, decided to give us something even better this month when they announced Amazon Kindle Unlimited — a program that lets $10-a-month subscribers read as many e-books as they want.
What’s more is that you can read it without actually owning a Kindle too, because they have free apps for pretty much every mobile OS out there (Shockingly, even Windows RT), meaning that if you’ve got a smart phone, some other e-reader like a Nook, or a laptop or desktop, you can take advantage of this as well.
So great; some new product is out there. Big deal. The question that really matters to me is can this thing save me money?
A little bit of Kindle math
The question sounds pretty simple on the surface. Kindle e-books cost between $8 and $11 each, so if you read more than one book a month — or more than 12 a year — then you should be better off.
But there are a couple extras in there.
For many books, you would also get the option to switch back and forth between reading the e-book and listening to an audiobook versions without losing your place. This would actually be pretty neat for people like me who like to switch between those two media when I go from the comfort of my sofa to a hectic subway journey with three transfers (or driving a car).
The thing I might appreciate most is not feeling guilty about giving up on books that I would have regretted buying. (This raises the question of whether it’s good practice to only read books that start out well…).
But having Amazon Prime already sorta gives you a bit of free reading
One of the less discussed benefits that comes with Amazon Prime is that you get access to Kindle First, which lets you read an editors’ choice new release or even not-yet-released book every month for free.
Anyhow, are you guys signing up? Has anyone already signed up who can report back on their thoughts?