Avid book reader, magazine aficionado or a big fan of audiobooks? For an unlimited number of titles and content, all under one roof, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is the subscription service for you.


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 or similar device. There are some undeniable benefits, from the saving of space to the sheer convenience of accessing titles in the Kindle store. With one of these devices in yours hands, almost every book imaginable is yours at the push of a button.

Simple to sign up to and available on several different devices (not just a Kindle), Kindle Unlimited grants you access to a huge numbers of books, audiobooks and magazines for one fixed subscription price.

So, assuming you're not in the anti-e-reader camp, read on to find out more Kindle Unlimited: what you get, how it works, and how much it costs.

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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 simple 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.

Choose from all-time classic titles such as Harry Potter, hotly anticipated new releases including the number one Sunday Times best-seller Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, or gripping murder mysteries like A Long Time Dead and The Bag of Secrets.

There's really something for everyone and every taste, with all sorts of genres covered - romance, history, humour, sci-fi, travel, self-help and counselling, the list goes on.

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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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How much does Kindle Unlimited cost?

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Kindle Unlimited typically costs £9.49 a month. If you haven't signed up before and want to try it out, there's a 30-day free trial. Subscription will then renew at £9.49 per month afterwards, unless cancelled.

Discounts also occur 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.

Start your 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited at Amazon

Is Kindle Unlimited included in Amazon Prime?

No, Kindle Unlimited is not included in Amazon Prime membership. A Prime subscription includes many other perks, though, such as same-day and next-day delivery options, access to exclusive deals, and streaming services such as Prime Video and Amazon Music. You can read all about what is included and how much a subscription costs in our handy article on What is Amazon Prime.

Kindle Unlimited is a separate subscription service available on Amazon, which means it is not necessary to have a Prime account. And while you can’t get it with Prime, it is included when you buy a Kindle. By purchasing the latest model of the Kindle, you will have access to three months of Kindle Unlimited for absolutely nothing (usually £28.47). Enjoy reading a vast library of e-books, and after three months, your subscription will auto-renew for £9.49 per month.

How to get a Kindle Unlimited free trial in the UK?

It really could not be simpler. All you need to do to start your Kindle Unlimited free trial, is head to the Kindle Unlimited homepage on Amazon and click on the offer 30-Day Free Trial. Your subscription will automatically renew after the 30 days for £9.49 per month until you cancel. You can cancel at any time.

Start your 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited at Amazon

What devices does Kindle Unlimited work with?

Kindle Unlimited works with all Kindle devices, and you can also download titles to your phone, laptop or tablet through the free Kindle app. The Kindle app is available on Android phones and iPhones, iPads, tablets and computers, as well as on Amazon Fire tablets. This means you can read your favourite books and listen to the latest audiobooks anytime, anywhere and super easily.

Is Kindle Unlimited worth it?

Whether you're a big reader or audiobook listener, Kindle Unlimited will provide you with millions of titles to work your way through, be that a thriller, romance, self-help book or biography.

For less than £10 per month, you can have access to its huge library of content of books, audiobooks and magazines, all at one fixed price - which we think is pretty appealing. And if that's not enough, you can also work Kindle Unlimited on a range of devices, so it really is straightforward and convenient to use.


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