I’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster relationship with my Kindle Unlimited account up until recently. Six months ago I wouldn’t have recommended purchasing a Kindle Unlimited account, but now I am sold. This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.
I joined Kindle Unlimited during a promotion. At first, I found it quite limiting and a contradiction to its name. Most of the books my friends recommend aren’t available through Kindle Unlimited, and that discouraged me. Since I paid for an account, I hate to buy additional books just out of principal. However, my thoughts have now changed.
My reading habits are like most of my life – extreme. I either binge read for three days straight or don’t pick up my Kindle for weeks. Moderation is not my strong suit. There are many reasons why I love my Kindle Paperwhite, and having it there and ready for when I enter “reading mode” is one of them.
So, after about a year, here are some reasons why I now love my Kindle Unlimited account.
5 Reasons Why I Love My Kindle Unlimited Account
- Discover new authors – Instead of just grabbing the best sellers or my favorite authors, I am finding new ones. By picking books from the Unlimited section, I am forced to reach out of my comfort zone. So far, it’s been amazing about 92% of the time.
- Don’t like it? Return it – If a book doesn’t grab me within the first two chapters or so, I am out. I read for pleasure, so if it feels like homework or a chore, forget it. I simply return the book (virtually) and choose a new one. So easy.
- Explore genres – My go-to book genre is romance, but thanks to my Kindle Unlimited account, my tastes are expanding. I am reading mysteries, horror, business books, and even a few cookbooks thanks to the options I have available. If a title grabs me, I give it a shot. Like I said, if I don’t like the book, I return it within seconds.
- Save space – I discussed this in my post about why I love my Kindle Paperwhite, but I feel like I should touch base on it again. Our house is not huge. My bookshelves are already overflowing with books I cannot imagine parting with. There’s no way I would be able to own the hard copies of all of the books I adore. Digital is the best option for me for many reasons. Oh, and Amazon doesn’t let you digitally-hoard books with Kindle Unlimited either. You can have ten at a time, and then you need to return them. That’s good for me and my digital-hoarding tendencies. I just read and move on. Books are added to my Goodreads account, so I can remember which ones I have read.
- Save money – Clearly, if you are a hardcore reader and buy books from Amazon, it’s going to add up. In the past, I downloaded individual books for over $10 all the time. I know for a fact my Kindle Unlimited account has paid for itself many times over.
Sometimes I feel like I am missing out on a current bestseller because of Kindle Unlimited, but then I discover a hidden gem that deserves to climb the ranks, and I get over it. I am not sure if authors make any money from Kindle Unlimited, but I can certainly say in my experience they gain recognition.
Try Kindle Unlimited free for 30 days to see what you think.
Do you have a Kindle Unlimited account? What are your thoughts?
Sunday 15th of January 2017
Hmmmm. I've thought about Kindle Unlimited mainly as a gift for my Kindle-addicted spouse, but I just haven't been able to pull the trigger. But now you're making me rethink it. He's always downloading books, and even though Kindle Unlimited is pretty expensive, it might just be worth it for him. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.
Sunday 15th of January 2017
The expense part worked out for me because I was buying a lot of new ebooks. Like the best sellers at $10+ a piece. :/ So, I definitely like this better! Let me know how you like it if you decide.
Saturday 7th of May 2016
I never thought I'd like my Kindle - I love the feel and SMELL of having a real book in my hands. But now I can't imagine life without it - I love how you can be lying in bed, or sitting in the bath and IMMEDIATE LITERATURE can be yours! :) But, I'm still to get to grips with my Kindle Unlimited. I've just not found anything on there I want to read yet... I will keep looking!