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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

Amazon Kindle on the BlackBerry Z3
By Rich Edmonds on 18 Jul 2014 08:39 am EDT
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Amazon has today announced a new ebook rental service called Kindle Unlimited. The new service enables consumers to choose from over 600,000 books, listen to thousands of audiobooks from Audible and more for just $9.99 a month. Think of it as a music streaming package, but for books with Amazon.

The online retailer will have Kindle Unlimited logos on eligible titles, which can be read for free by those with an active subscription. Popular titles like the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and others are available with Kindle Unlimited. It's a neat concept and one we can see many utilizing. Amazon will be bundling a three-month subscription to Audible too.

There's also a free 30-day trial, should you be interested. Find the press release below.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 18, 2014-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates—just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click "Read for Free."

Customers can choose from best sellers like The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lord of the Rings, and with thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible, like The Handmaid's Tale and Water for Elephants, the story can continue in the car or on the go. Kindle Unlimited subscribers also get the additional benefit of a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to the full selection of Audible titles. Kindle Unlimited is available starting today and is accessible from Kindle devices or with Amazon's free Kindle reading apps. Start your free 30-day trial today at www.amazon.com/ku-freetrial.

"With Kindle Unlimited, you won't have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you can just start reading and listening," said Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Kindle. "In addition to offering over 600,000 eBooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy. We hope you take advantage of the 30-day free trial and try it for yourself."

Kindle Unlimited features include:

Unlimited reading: Access over 600,000 books including best sellers like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Water for Elephants, Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, All the King's Men, Wonder Boys, Ask for It, The Princess Bride, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, The Atlantis Gene, Kitchen Confidential, The Sisterhood, Crazy Little Thing, The Blind Side, and The Giver, plus thousands of classics such as Animal Farm, To the Lighthouse, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cat's Cradle, and The Good Earth, as well as books featuring beloved children's characters from Sesame Street, and useful reference titles including books from the For Dummies series and Lonely Planet travel guides.

Unlimited listening: Keep the story going with unlimited access to more than 2,000 audiobooks from Audible with Whispersync for Voice, and switch seamlessly between reading and listening to customer favorites like the Hunger Games trilogy, Life of Pi, The Handmaid's Tale, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, The Great Santini, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Winter's Tale, Boardwalk Empire, El Narco, Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, The Finisher, Johnny Carson, The Stranger I Married, and Life Code.

Kindle exclusives: Choose from hundreds of thousands of books only found on Kindle, including Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, The Hangman's Daughter series by Oliver Pötzsch, War Brides by Helen Bryan, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope books, When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath, Chasing Shadows by CJ Lyons, and Sick by Brett Battles.

Short Reads: For a quick escape, select from thousands of books that are 100 pages or less, including Kindle Singles from Stephen King, Andy Borowitz, and Nelson DeMille, and short fiction from Amazon Publishing's StoryFront imprint.

Free three-month Audible membership: In addition to the thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible included in Kindle Unlimited, subscribers get a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to more than 150,000 titles.

Popular Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, X-Ray, customer reviews, and Goodreads integration. Read and listen everywhere: Access across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8—so you always have your library with you and never lose your place.

For more details on Kindle Unlimited, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.

Reader comments

Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited, a new ebook rental service for $9.99 a month

45 Comments

Not really. I'm more of an HBO person... Besides I don't have much time to read.

Posted using the best phone ever, the Z30!

Either way you look at it, it's nice to have choices and varieties. Something for everyone and every interest

Posted via CB10

You would have to be a hardcore reader... think they should have just expanded this into their Prime Service.

But if you are an avid reader that normally buys at least one book a month.... this is a pretty good deal.

It's been part of the amazon prime package. You get to rent unlimited books, but only one per month.

Scribd is having the exact service for a dollar cheaper. Only difference, I can read amazon books on the Kindle.

Posted via CB10

Oh funny, forgot that was there!

The BB10 version on BB World isn't (and hasn't been) downloadable on my Q10 :(
Go figure. Thank goodness for the Amazon Appstore!

I love this. Fist cool thing amazon has done in forever, as long as most of the good content is included. Might have to try this out when I get my BlackBerry passport

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy Gold and White Q10.

how many book u can read in one month?
for those good readers you are great with this deal! Congrat and thanks to Amazon!

But for me, if Amazon selling their Kindle device to Malaysia with the same price that's sold in US, then i will grab one :)

What if Amazon selling Unlimitted Rent a books for USD 3/ month in 3rd World and deleveoping country like Malaysia! Amazon, hope u hear me! :)

R.I.P. MH 17, World Peace!

Posted via CB10

Not avail in canada :(

Familiar story with amazon, amazon prime in canada doesn't include book rentals either.

Posted via CB10

I think it's gonna be Netflix way... Canada gonna see same service later, cripled and with bunch of restrictions. Like 600 titles instead of 600`000 ;)

Posted via CB10

Now really, with Blackberry's co-operation with Amazon, isn't there a Blackberry tablet that could be introduced into the mix somewhere?

Still a fan of physical books. Never could become used to reading from an e-book reader.. I prefer membership of my local library and buy books which I find are collectibles.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Prediction: Give it a couple of years and this program will quietly die.

It is expensive, doesn't provide enough difference from other products already available, and doesn't provide a great value in the customer's mind.

Posted via CB10

As an average a book of around 400 pages can read in 5 to 6 days. Anything longer about a week, but it depends on how fast a reader you are, plus if the book is a good read or not. I tend to read a couple of books at the same time; one a fiction book, the other non-fiction. Kind of weird what kind of cross pollination you can get between the two genres at the same time.

Z10.......er......BlackDroid in action!

Not so much about devouring whole books, but as a professional you'd like to be able to access just a single chapter in a reference book or tutorial without reading the whole thing. Might use a book once and never again...
That way you'd be accessing dozens or more books a month, and this subscription fee suddenly looks cheap, given that you will then also be able to claim it on your tax...

The Amazon / Kindle feature "read via browser now" did not work properly on my Q10 last time I checked about two or three weeks ago. Need to fix, at least for when the Passport is out. It's gonna be my PDF / ebook reader with massive pixel count.

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I hope Kobo follows suit with this. I love my Kobo but I'll switch if needed since I'm kicking around updating my Ereader soon to the Kobo glow anyways, but I could end up Re thinking that.

Posted via CB10

Does Audible work on BlackBerry 10? I never had any success getting this to work on OS7 and would love the books for my commute to work.

Posted via CB10

My wife is a voracious reader. The other day I opened the library on her Kindle and was scrolling through it for endless minutes. This service might save me some dough.

Posted via CB10

I can get out unlimited books at my library for 0.00 a month. I feel bad for the foolsbthat are gonna pay for this haha!

Posted via R115-Aramis.

Too bad, it' not available in Canada.
I would definitely use it. I have Scribd membership already. But I'll cancel & use Amazon service instead since you can access audiobook as well. Then I might be able to cancel my Audible account.
Yes, I do read more than 2 books a month & use my local library too.
But they don't have many e-books I want.

Posted via CB10

BlackBerry would develop app icon on Amazon. Once click on that icon, directly to Amazon home portal!

Posted via CB10

Of course in the eu you can exploit the distant selling regulations. Buy anything, including ebooks, return it within two weeks for a refund, after you have read it. You can do this with the kindle's entire catalogue not just what amazon choose to put in their 'unlimited' section.

Posted via CB10

I'm a BB addict,..but its frustrating that i haven't seen any advertisement or tv commercials about the release of Z3 here in the Philippines..even the telcos hasn't posted anything about it despite their announcement of support..marketing please

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