5 Reasons a Kindle Unlimited Subscription Isn’t Worth Your Money
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Amazon Kindle devices are more popular than ever. They provide access to a vast number of books which are available for a fraction of the cost of a physical copy. And ebooks result in far fewer dead trees Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees Modern e-readers hold thousands of novels, weigh next to nothing, have built in lights, and don't give you a concussion when they hit your nose. Read More , and that’s a good thing.

Entertainment subscription services are also becoming more popular. People are less concerned with owning their media outright The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation Streaming media is convenient, but you're giving up something important: ownership of digital media. Read More and are increasingly numb to the issues surrounding DRM.

Therefore, you’d expect a subscription like Kindle Unlimited to be awesome. It’s the best of both worlds, right? But Amazon’s promise of over a million ebooks for just $9.99/month is too good to be true. Here are some reasons why.

1. Kindle Unlimited Has a Poor Selection of Books

Amazon likes to trumpet that Kindle Unlimited has more than one million books available for subscribers to read. And while that figure is accurate, you won’t find many best sellers or popular books on the list.

None of the major publishing houses have made their books available on Kindle Unlimited. That means no Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, or Simon & Schuster. If you have a favorite author, there’s a good chance their work is published by one of these “Big Five”.

List of Amazon Kindle books

Right now, there are more than 1.4 million books available on Kindle Unlimited. Of those, almost 1.3 million books are Amazon Exclusives. This means they’re not available for sale anywhere else; in other words, they’re all self-published. That leaves barely 100,000 non-exclusive books; it’s about 8 percent of the total. A large portion of these are also self-published, but some are likely to be from small publishing houses.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with self-published books, and success stories like Twilight and The Martian show there are some great books to be found, the lack of any books from popular authors is a problem. Most people don’t have the time or the interest to dig through the heap to try and find the next The Martian. You probably want to know that the books you’re reading are well-written, properly edited, and entertaining.

The other side of this is even if you love reading indie titles, you’ve probably got a few major authors whose work you want to read too. For most people, Kindle Unlimited simply can’t replace buying books. If you want to pick up the latest George R.R. Martin or Bill Bryson title, you’ll have to buy them in addition to your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

2. Kindle Unlimited Is Expensive

Although $9.99/month may sound pretty reasonable for all-you-can-read-ebooks, when you consider the price of the titles available it’s actually quite expensive.

The vast majority of self-published books on Amazon sell for less than $5. Many are less than $3 and some are even less than $1. This means that to make up for the $10 subscription fee, you’re going to need to read quite a few books a month.

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If you only read the most expensive titles you can find, reading two books a month will see you saving some money, but you’ll most likely have to read three or four to make a saving. While plenty of readers can get through a book a week without any hassle, the temptation to read non-Unlimited books is going to be high.

Looking at the selection and the prices, it’s hard to see many people being well-served by a Kindle Unlimited subscription. If you like self-published books, you can easily pick up two or three a month for less than Unlimited costs, without the recurring payments. That way you can be far more flexible with how you spend your money.

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3. Kindle Unlimited Requires an Internet Connection

The best thing about the Amazon Kindle is that, unlike your phone, it doesn’t need to be charged every night or constantly connected to the internet to be useful. If you use Kindle Unlimited, you lose some of this flexibility.

With Kindle Unlimited you can only have 10 books checked out at once. While that sounds like a lot, for many readers, this simply isn’t enough for an extended period away from Wi-Fi.

For example, if you’re on holiday, you might get through a book a day. And if one or two books prove to be boring, or short, or any of a number of other things, then those 10 books won’t stretch to a week.

That means that at some point you will be off hunting for a way to connect my Kindle to the internet (unless you use the Kindle app to read books offline How to Use the Kindle App to Read Articles Offline How to Use the Kindle App to Read Articles Offline One of the lesser-used ways to take advantage of the Kindle app is to use it as a read-it-later service for articles you want to catch up on later. Read More ).

4. Amazon Prime Is a Better Deal

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you already have access to Kindle Unlimited’s library for free. You can only take out one book a month, but if there are a few titles you want to check out without paying for them, it’s a decent way to do it.

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Unless you’re ripping through self-published Kindle Exclusives, an Amazon Prime subscription costs less and offers countless other benefits like free shipping, great Amazon Prime TV shows 10+ TV Shows That Make Amazon Prime Worth the Money 10+ TV Shows That Make Amazon Prime Worth the Money Netflix is undoubtedly the king of the movie and TV show streaming services. However, Amazon Prime has some fantastic television shows that make it worth the asking price. Read More , and the underrated Amazon Prime Music streaming service Why You Should Give Amazon Prime Music a Second Chance Why You Should Give Amazon Prime Music a Second Chance There are several reasons why you might want to give Amazon Prime Music a second chance. It certainly deserves much more credit than it's currently getting. Read on to find out why. Read More .

5. Other Ebook Services Are Better

Screenshot of the Scribd website

While Oyster was acquired by Google Oyster's Dead: What's the New Netflix for eBooks? Oyster's Dead: What's the New Netflix for eBooks? The popular eBook subscription service Oyster just shut down, so where are you supposed to get your ebooks? Read More , Scribd is still around and for $8.99/mo you can read three books and listen to one audiobook. You’ll actually find books from bestselling authors like Stephen King or Walter Isaacson available for you to download.

You can’t use your Kindle to read books you take out on Scribd—you need to use a web browser or an iOS or Android device—but that seems to be a reasonable trade-off for access to a far better library. If you want to sign up for an ebook subscription service that’s actually good The 6 Best Ebook Subscription Services for Unlimited Reading The 6 Best Ebook Subscription Services for Unlimited Reading Ebook subscription sites allow for unlimited reading for a flat monthly fee, similar to Netflix and Spotify. Should you subscribe? Which site is best? Read More , Scribd might be a better option than Kindle Unlimited.

Wait for the “Big Five”

Kindles are amazing and ebooks are the future, and there are plenty of other ways you can get more out of your e-reader.. But even though Kindle Unlimited is a great idea, it’s always going to lack the books most people want to read until the “Big Five” publishers come on board.

But hey, if you still want to give it a try now, you can always sign up for a 30-day Kindle Unlimited free trial to see if you like it or not.

If you were thinking about buying a Kindle Unlimited subscription as a gift for bookworms in your life, don’t. We have compiled a much better selection of gifts for Amazon Kindle owners 8 Great Gift Ideas for Kindle Owners 8 Great Gift Ideas for Kindle Owners Looking to buy a gift for an avid reader in your life? Here are some great gift ideas for Kindle owners! Read More .

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  1. Steph
    November 5, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I find it completely hilarious that this article finishes by saying they’ve compiled a list of far better gifts than a kindle unlimited subscription, but when you click the link a kindle unlimited subscription is the number 1 recommendation?

  2. Mike
    October 30, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Good analysis, but one point is incorrect. If you're an Amazon Prime member, you do NOT have access to the Kindle Unlimited library. You have access to the Prime Reading library, which is substantially smaller than the KU library.

  3. B. Pettis
    October 21, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    He's wrong.... at least partly. If you want to READ then he's right. If you must read the Stephen Kings of the world then he's still right. If you like listening, he's wrong. If you don't mind discovering talent he's very wrong. There are a few thousand books that include free audible with the kindle unlimited selection. Over a 2 year (and 3 month period) I've listened to over 440 books. Books range in length but many are around 10-12 hours. I listen in the car, while cleaning house, cutting grass, jogging, hitting golf balls... I get through a book every 2-4 days. I listen to as many as 6 books a month. I have a favorite genre of books (science fiction, secret agent/assassin kinda stuff) and I have a few favorite authors. One really good one is Richard Phillips (Starting with Once Dead) or a super good one is Barry Eisler - he has tons of books. At that clip, it's a value (even at $3 a book I'd be at $20 a month) noting that audible titles are usually $5.99 to $11.99 for the same titles. Even better is if you start reading/listening and don't like it... return it and get another. The subscription includes magazines too.... popular ones.

  4. Paula
    October 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I think I am sticking with Prime Reading and the digital services from my Library ;)

  5. Dioge
    September 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    An article titled "Why Kindle Unlimited might not be worth it for you" could be useful informative information. An article titled "5 Reasons a Kindle Unlimited Subscription Isn’t Worth Your Money" is annoyingly presumptuous clickbait. I apologize for falling for it, and have now removed makeuseof from my news feed so I don't make that mistake again.

    • B. Pettis
      October 21, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      GOOD POINT. I fell for it too. I posted a "You're Wrong" comment and now I'm leaving.

  6. Jesse
    September 21, 2019 at 1:35 am

    It is absolutely worth it if you read a lot of shorter stories. The discount on other non-"unlimited" titles also offsets the cost.

    I don't want to invalidate what the post says as there are some valid considerations there, but then again, unlimited isn't really targeted at the casual reader who can go days or weeks without picking up a book.

  7. tracy
    September 21, 2019 at 1:23 am

    I signed up for two months of Kindle Unlimited for a buck. The first five books I wanted to read weren't available. It should be called Kindle VERY LIMITED.

  8. JACQUELINE M SELKEN
    September 20, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    >>I am retired and read a book a day so K Unlimited is a Godsend. I follow authors who write well. Love this service - best sellers are not always very good, take Gone Girl, lousy.

  9. IndieBookHunter
    September 11, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    You've got to be kidding. Kindle Unlimited is wonderful for those like me who devour books. I can read an average 400 page novel in two hours. Plus I love finding all the new Indie authors I couldn't find in the stores. Many are just as good if not better than the majors. And if you read as fast as some of us, the majors you do like can't write fast enough to fill your habit anyway.

    • JACQUELINE M SELKEN
      September 20, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      You are so right.

  10. Michael
    September 7, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Tried to sign up for Kindle Unlimited monthly subscription, using my gift card account.
    It would not allow that, requires a credit card on file with Amazon.

    Called Customer Service, unfortunately for the monthly subscription you must have a active credit card on file with Amazon. However, he advised that I could buy a pre paid 6 or 12 month membership and that would come out of my gift card account, just like buying a book.

    Tried to do it, same results. Must have a credit card on file.

    After having purchased over $1,200.00 woth of Kindle books over the years and keeping a healthy balance on file with Amazon, they require a credit card so they can collect your credit card and banking info and keep it tidy for hackers to attempt to get. Sorry, I don't use MY credit cards for any online purchase. Below is part of their response;

    "Only credit cards can be used to purchase a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. Debit cards may not be used. You cannot purchase a subscription with an Amazon.com line of credit (e.g. Amazon Store Card or Amazon Prime Store Card), Amazon.com Brand Business Cards, checking accounts, pre-paid credit cards, or Amazon.com Gift Cards."

  11. Sara
    September 6, 2019 at 11:12 am

    As someone who reads a book every one or two days, kindle unlimited is so worth it. I like reading gay romance and there is an abundance of those! For the year I’ve had it, I would have probably spent $1,000 on books if I were to buy them. Ten bucks a month is nothing compared to buying them outright

  12. mike
    August 25, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Scribd has a poor selection and for books that i wanted to read were only available in audio format

  13. Jo
    August 12, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Obviously, you do not read as much as some of us. Furthermore, while Kindle Unlimited may not have the most "popular" authors, it has been a great privilege to read many very good authors who may never have been published by the big publishing houses. Some them incredibly talented, but writing in a genre that doesn't generate as many readers as say romance novels. And $3 to $5 a book is considerable when you read 20 or more books a month. Yes, at least 5 or more a week! So, give Kindle Unlimited another shot. If you are a book junkie and not made of money, it may be a really good option!

  14. joanna
    August 11, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    i read a lot of trashy horror novels so kindle unlimited works for me. i sign up load my max allowed. during the month i replace books as i read them so i am always taking out max. at the end of the month i cancel and put kindle in airplane mode. i will resubscribe when i run out of books since the books can not be returned in airplane mode. that makes my cost around 3 dollars a month.

  15. Samiam
    August 2, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Couldn't disagree more, pretty much across the board.

    I have been a Kindle Unlimited subscriber for well over a year. I read probably 30-35 Kindle Unlimited titles per month. Reading one per month with Prime would not be a valid substitute. Likewise, the argument that it requires an internet connection is misleading. Once you have selected your titles and downloaded them, you have wifi-free access to all 10 books, plus any you decided to purchase, plus your monthly free titles from Prime...

    As for the argument that 1.4M makes a poor selection of books, I still have no problem every month locating 30+ books I want to read. I follow a decent number of authors who produce content regularly; in fact the bigger problem is that sometimes I come back to a series and, because I've read books from 6 or 7 other authors/series before the new one comes out, it takes me a minute to remember what is going on in the series. Even this is no problem with KU, though, because I can just redownload the preceeding one, read a chapter to remember, then return it and download the new one, because it's not 10 per month, it's 10 at any given time. As soon as I return one, I can download my next choice.

    All in all, if you are a volume reader, KU is fantastic.

  16. Alien Man
    July 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Bit of a crap article. You know they've done little research when they imply that books published by large publishers are somehow 'better' but then they have the chutzpah to post a screenshot of of 'poor offerings' of KU that includes part of one of the better series I have read in my life.

    I have encountered far more riveting tales and quality authors through KU than through bookstores and big publishing houses. There is a reason they are failing. KU offers risk free literary exploration as well, which is only available elsewhere through the lens of a libraries purchasing manager.

  17. Cam
    June 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    I agree. Don’t waste your money. 99.9% of the “unlimited books” are junk. It’s like reading a story board for a B movie that will be rejected by every producer in Hollywood. Picture yourself dictating your fantasy when you were 15 and somebody types it up and publishes it. This is not s “book”. It’s called self-publishing and it stinks. That’s what Amazon is offering. I have searched for numerous books that I find on book club lists, book reviews, librarian suggestions, etc. not one of these legitimate and recommended books are available on Kindle Unlimited. Of course you can cough up some more $$ if you want to read them on Kindle. So why pay for Kindle Unlimited? Just to enrich Amazon and Mr Bezos. They take your money and provide zero product or service. Basically, they are liars cheats and thieves.

    • B. Pettis
      October 21, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      Try Barry Eisler- he will change your mind. I don't think you found the GEMS spread around Kindle Unlimited. Listen to Barry's audio books - he reads them himself. Several characters, like Dox, are AWESOME.

  18. Jeff
    June 7, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I found the article useful. From the scant information on Amazon and the "unlimited" in the name seems to imply that all kindle and audiobooks are included.

    I like to find an established author and go through all his/her works (by audiobooks if possible). Kindle unlimited is probably nearly useless for my purposes.

  19. Beth
    June 1, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Tis assumes that you want to read books published by the big five and that you are reading a limited number of books a month. I average a book a day, yes, I read fast, I read a lot. No, they are not all short. I find new authors on kindle unlimited and established authors do use it as well, usually as form of advertising I think. If you are a bookaddict it is worth it.

  20. Lynn
    May 10, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    The Kindle Unlimited books I've read are all shorter in length than the average book, and most are part of a series, so it's very easy for me to read many many books per month. Yes, occasionally I come across a poorly written book, but mostly I'm impressed with the talented authors I come across. And with a subscription, you don't have to worry about the few bad books you come across because you didn't pay money for that book specifically. Just move onto the next! Self-published books are great for niche sub-genres or atypical storylines that big publishers are hesitant to invest in. I enjoy the increased diversity to be found in the self-published sphere.

  21. Doc Martin
    May 4, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I didn't read the small print and got Kindle Unlimited for the wrong reason! I thought I could listen to the audio version of ANY of the books I currently have on my Kindle but not so - only those on the Unlimited store with audio narration are included. I looked at these and I haven't heard of a single author. As the article says, the vast majority appear to be self-published.

    Anyway I cancelled my Unlimited subscription and went back to Prime.

  22. Rochelle Pritchett
    April 28, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Kindle Unlimited is NOT free with Amazon Prime. Prime Reading is completely separate from Kindle Unlimited, FYI.

  23. Sarah
    April 9, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Three books a month is too many to read if you want to save money??? Oh lord. I can read 2 books a DAY on a good day. I regularly read 30+ books a MONTH on KU. and that's just me. Doesn't include my husband and kid. Also, if 10 books out at a time is a problem, you are probably going to be one of those that does save money on KU. Either that, or you are out of WIFI for months on end, and then, your battery will probably be dead long before you run out of books. Of course, the last "popular author" I read was JK Rowling, as I much prefer reading off the wall books, sci-fi, fantasy, and indie books. The big 5 have rarely gotten much attention from me.

    • ian
      April 21, 2019 at 9:27 am

      I am the same, i download a series of 10 or 15 books at a time, even when i am busy as hell with work i still manage at least 2.5 books a weeks. Plus i live in a country where i cannot use prime or buy a great variety of books. KU has saved me a fortune and my sanity

  24. Linda
    April 5, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I don't agree with the article at all. I've had KU for almost 4 years and I love it! I've found some great authors and some really good books. Its worth every penny I've spent and I wouldn't trade it.

  25. Heather
    March 6, 2019 at 6:20 am

    I was originally of the same attitude as this article author, thinking I was too good for Kindle unlimited and all the self-published authors you can find there. Wrong! I am saving a ton of money on books (last year's Goodreads challenge was 200 books but I read 336 books) and finding a few really good authors that I never would have found otherwise. And the great thing about KU is that if the book sucks you can just return it and not feel bad about spending money for it. I'm in love with KF Breene now and it was KU that brought us together!

  26. Nauman Khawer
    February 17, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Not agreed with the article i had Unlimited and Prime Subscription both are very beneficial to me since i'm avid reader and read almost every day If you own Kindle device your best bet will be Kindle Unlimited also i subscribed to Blinkist For me Kindle Unlimited is worth every penny and you should try it if you think yourself a reader.

  27. Stevr
    February 4, 2019 at 12:03 am

    I've had kindle unlimited for a while and if i hadn't had it i could have spent upwards of £50 a month so it has been a great deal. Even if you can only get 10 books at a time it is still better than most others since there is such a large amount of books. If you iu don't t like the kindle device you can allways get the kindle app so you can download books using data if you find yourself without wifi for some reason

  28. Clara Conner
    January 21, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I decided to try prime reading first. It's similar to Kindle unlimited, but it's already included with my prime subscription so I don't have to pay extra. I understand prime reading has a lot fewer books, but it rotates and the books you can get are on par more or less with what unlimited offers (a lot of self published, that kind of stuff). I'm new to these programs so am very open if anyone has any thoughts or corrections on this.

  29. Panda
    January 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Have to agree with the other commenters in disagreement with this article. I've only just got my first dedicated device for ebooks. There are so many bits of information that just are not useful and completely wrong in this. It seems so silly that an "author" creating an article to rip a reading service doesn't know how to do due diligence.

    First off you do not need an internet connection to access your books. This article is dated 2018. You can't even go to a McDonalds, bookstore or even a doctors without having access to free wi-fi. My device downloads books within seconds. Unless you've been thrown out your house by an angry spouse I don't understand how you'd be in a position of no wi-fi. Any apartment, cottage, villa or hotel for the purpose of a holiday will provide you easy access to sit where you want in comfort and just read, if that is the holiday you wish.

    As for the price, you are paying for the convenience as well as the introduction to deals and huge library of authors and genres. You can go through as many books as you want or need to before finding one to settle on. And how many brand new anything is available for free? (Check out television/on demand/Netflix). There will never be everything on offer, the "big five" might not have joined the kindle unlimited but they are available on kindle. And if I have to buy a few books I will happily do so considering they are so cheap. This article mentions nothing about the benefits on offer to people instead makes me feel as though I've just read an advertisement for a snobby book club. In that also does not mention the area where indie authors can have a platform, it may not be perfect but the service does provide one for them.

  30. Di
    December 31, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Whoever the writer of this moronic article is, he is obviously not a reader. Kindle Unlimited is a huge value! For $9.99 a month I get unlimited reading, which is great because I read upwards of twenty-plus books a month. If I pick a terrible book by a horrible writer, it's not a problem because it didn't cost extra. No way could I get that many books each month for only $10. And it doesn't matter that all the authors aren't top tier...I've read plenty of top tier authors I wished I could've gotten a refund on!

  31. pat2295
    December 15, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    The article says don't buy Kindle Unlimited as a gift because they've compiled a much better list of gifts for Kindle owners, but the list includes Kindle Unlimited. :-/

  32. Adam
    October 24, 2018 at 1:26 am

    #3 here is inaccurate. You can always go to "Your Content and Devices" on a computer (under "Hello, YourName." About halfway down).
    Then find the book you want and click on the button with three dots and select "Transfer & Download via USB."
    It will download the file to your computer. Then when you connect your Kindle with a USB cord, you just drag and drop it into your documents.
    So long as you keep the Kindle in Airplane mode (i.e. not connected to the Internet via WiFi) the books will stay on your Kindle basically in perpetuity.
    You can even do this multiple times and return a book after transferring to bypass the 10-book limit.

  33. W.L. Hunter
    September 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I would like advice on how to cancel Kindle Unlimited. I have never used it and have been trying to cancel for many months now.
    The email address given is not a valid one.
    Please help if you can.

    Kind Regards
    Wilma Hunter

  34. Linda Newbern
    August 30, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I have been a reader for 65 years. Upon retiring two years ago at age 68, I find that I read 3x as much. Since living on SS prohibits me from purchasing a lot of books (Unfortunately a roof over my head and food are important), I find Kindle Unlimited a great source of books. Granted, none of the authors from big publishing houses are represented, but guess what..........I have a library card and know how to use it. If I see a new release that I have to read, I go to the library and check it out. Just because I have several Kindles and an iPad doesn’t mean I am forbidden to read print books. Your article may be fine for people with financial resources, but it does nothing to help the elderly on SS, the avid reader who works for low pay, or the young housewife with children who require her book money.

    • Samiam
      August 2, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Linda, check with your librarian about online access/downloading books from the library. I have a friend who does this constantly, and you may find that your library saves you the trip there!

  35. Stephen
    August 6, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I'm currently on book 9 of 13 in a series I started 10 days ago. $5 each. Pretty sure "getting your money's worth" is going to be up to the person and their preferred genre.

    If you read one book a month, it's not worth it. If you can binge up to 1 book a day at times, it's more than worth it.

    KU is for people who, like my wife says of me, eat books.

  36. Liz
    July 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    This article was probably written by a snob that thinks people should only read mass media known authors.
    KU has many flaws but none of the reasons in this article are actually valid.
    Maybe the writer should do more research on indie authors and how successful the service is not only in the US but in other countries.

  37. Liz
    July 30, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    This article was clearly written by a snob who thinks that people are only interested in mass media know authors or should only read those. KU has many flaws but none of the reasons listed here are actually valid. Maybe the writer should do a bit of research on indie authors.

  38. Beth I-L
    July 30, 2018 at 1:44 am

    This is not only uninformed, it’s insulting. First, there are lots and lots of people who read three or more books a week, never mind a month. Secondly, WiFi is available virtually everywhere anyone would go on holiday so that argument is ridiculous. Third, you say other services are better and then only mention one and point out it’s drawbacks. Lastly, the assumption that most people want to only read books from “ The Big Five” is ignorant and condescending. There are lots of authors, particularly in underserved genres, who have huge followings and make lots of money via their books being self-published and available on KU. And KU is a good place for these authors to gain readers who may be unable or unwilling to plop down the $3.99 or so that you cavalierly dismiss. I read over 400 books in 2017 and I never could have done that without KU. I still purchase mass market books from the publishing houses you mentioned but $9.99 a month for unlimited books vs $14.99 for one new release “mainstream” book?! No contest!

    • Kim
      July 30, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Every last word of this. I laughed reading this completely ridiculous article. 10 bucks a month saves me a fortune given the number of books I read in a week, never mind in a month. My only beef with KU is that I wish I could hold more than 10 titles at a time.

    • Amelia
      October 6, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Gosh, I wish there was a way for me to like your reply! This review of KU is way too subjective.
      I read 5~10 books a week from some underserved genre. Even if they are $0.99 each, KU is still a better deal for me. I don't even care about the Big Five...

  39. HoraceSciep
    July 27, 2018 at 3:50 pm

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  40. Amy
    July 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    It's kinda funmy mentioning that to make the money worth it you would need to read 'quite a few books per month' as if you really are a bookworm like me I can easily read a kindle unlimited book per day if not more. I got into a series of 14 books they were so good I read them within a week. It is worth it if you want a variety of new and unknown plus it really helps new authors turn into these big names. It's a bit unfair to judge kindle unlimited based on the fact it doesnt have 'big well known authors' as their are so many great new writers out there who are also trying to gain a reputation and people like you are putting others off reading their stuff because their not a well known name? Must say this article has really p***ed me off!

    • Amber
      July 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      I agree completely! I read 10+ books per week, so KU is completely worth it for me. It is especially great for the Romance Genre, from Sci Fi to Historical, and has allowed me to find so many new authors. I am more apt to read new authors now that I know I don't have to shell out $3.99 every time I would like to read.

      I still read a ton from BN.com on the Nook app, but KU is a wonderful option if you are a prolific reader. Also, Prime Day and Black Friday always have significant savings if you buy KU for the year!

    • Sarah
      April 9, 2019 at 7:38 am

      "quite a few books" to the author was more than 3-4 a MONTH. I'd bypass that in the first week. This article was quite a bit insulting to ppl that actually read.

  41. Adam W
    July 16, 2018 at 6:18 am

    As stated the large selection of books are unknown authors. Looking through the scientific fiction area I was struck by the art work on covers. They are either directly ripped off from romance novels i.e. guys with no shirt with six pack abs or from porno mags with sultry fems in suggestive poses.
    That tells you all you need to know.
    A definition of unlimited is access to all available but not with kindle unlimited
    It's a total rip off.

    • Kim
      July 31, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Whatever happened to "don't judge a book by its cover"? Some brilliant indie writers can't afford high-buck cover designers. That doesn't necessarily indicate that what's under it is subpar.

    • Samiam
      August 2, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Do you expect to find lobster at the All You Can Eat salad bar at Sizzler? I mean, it's all you can eat, right? That's about as logical as your assertion that the unlimited part of KU has to mean that all possible content is free. It's a huge library of titles, that you have virtually unlimited access to, because although you are limited to 10 at a time, the second you return one, you can download another.