Amazon launches e-book subscription service
Can an online subscription plan work for e-books as it does for streaming movies and television shows? That question may be answered soon with the debut of "Kindle Unlimited" from Amazon.com.
The new service, which works across platforms, provides subscribers access to over 600,000 e-book titles and 2,000 audiobooks for $9.99 a month. Those interested can take advantage of a free 30-day trial of the service before joining. Amazon is also offering a complimentary three-month Audible membership to those who join Kindle Unlimited.
Amazon had been rumored to be pursuing a subscription model for some time now. The field for e- and audiobooks remains relatively open with a small number of players, including Oyster (500,000 titles @ $9.95 a month) and Scribd (400,000 titles for $8.99 a month) offering subscription plans at the moment.
- Introducing Kindle Unlimited: Unlimited Reading and Listening on Any Device—Just $9.99 a Month – Amazon.com
- Kindle Unlimited – Amazon.com
- Gigaom exclusive: Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited – YouTube
- Amazon is testing "Kindle Unlimited," an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month – GigaOM
- Kindle Unlimited – Google Cache
- Amazon Readying All-You-Can-Read ‘Kindle Unlimited’ eBook Service – International Business Times
- Amazon is working on Kindle Unlimited, the ultimate subscription service for readers – The Verge
Will Amazon’s e-book subscription service change the way Americans read books? What do you see as the biggest challenges facing Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited plan?