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What is Kindle Unlimited? How it all works

All the books you could want at the click of a button.

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Are you a book lover? Then, assuming you’re not in the anti-e-reader camp, chances are you’re already the owner of a Kindle.


While for some, the feel of physical book is an experience that can’t – and shouldn’t – be replicated, many readers are now fully converted to reading on a Kindle. There are some undeniable benefits, from the saving of space to the sheer convenience of accessing books in the Kindle store. With one of these devices in yours hands, almost every book imaginable is yours at the push of a button.

And if you’re a real bibliophile, you’ll definitely want to check out Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited scheme, which grants you access to huge numbers of books, audio books and magazines for a fixed subscription price.

Read on to find out more Kindle Unlimited: what you get, how it works, and how much it costs. And if you’re looking for great offers on other Amazon products, don’t miss our round-ups of the best Kindle deals and Amazon Echo deals.

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited gives you access to over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks and selected magazine subscriptions on any device. Launched back in 2014, what was once a supplementary service for bookworms is now a booming digital book subscription service.

A simply way to think of the service is as Netflix for books. Where as typically you’ll make a one-off payment for a book in the Kindle store, the Unlimited service gives you temporary custodianship of selected titles – and you don’t even need a Kindle. More on that in a bit.

How much is Kindle Unlimited?

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited typically costs £7.99 a month. However, we’ve noticed that Amazon quite often waives the cost of the first two or three months in order to draw in new customers. The retailer is clearly confident that after that period of cost-free subscription, you’ll happily cough up the monthly fee thereafter.

It’s also something Amazon also frequently does with Audible, its corresponding audiobook service. To find out more, head to our how does Audible work explainer. To see whether Kindle Unlimited is currently on offer, you can head to the sign up page at Amazon.

How does Kindle Unlimited work?

The sign-up process is all very simple via the Kindle Unlimited webpage – you might argue that Amazon is making it as easy for you as possible.

All you need to do is sign up to the monthly fee (you can cancel at any time) and the books will be ready for you! You just choose a title, click download, and within seconds it’s there to read on any device.

Speaking of devices, like we said, a Kindle isn’t actually essential to take advantage of Kindle Unlimited. If you head to the app store on your phone, tablet or other device of choice, you can download the Kindle App. Through this, you can both download and view titles – or else, titles that you’ve downloaded from your browser will appear here.

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