I was fortunate enough to spend the summer doing what I love most to do: read! I had plenty of time and also a need to break away from the intense year of academic reading and writing (thank you, grad school!). I have a pretty extensive reading list that I started tackling, and I got my reading on all….summer…long!
I must admit that I’ve been doing a lot of reading with my Kindle. I LOVE LOVE LOVE having actual books to hold, make notes in, and smell (yes…I love the way books smell). However, having moved across the Atlantic made me realise how useful a Kindle could be for a book nerd like me (thanks mom for such a wonderful gift!).
My intense reading holiday was a mix of books I had acquired and books I purchased on my Kindle. Slowly but surely, the tab on my Kindle went up and I started looking for more economic options to continue reading. One of those options was Amazon’s latest venture Kindle Unlimited.
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription available for Amazon customers with U.S. accounts. For $9.99 a month, members enjoy unlimited access to a selection of books. Unlike Prime, with Kindle Unlimited, you can have access to the book as long as you want. Once I subscribed, I was very excited to see how many of my wish list books were available on Kindle Unlimited.
To my disappointment, less than 5 books on my very extensive wish list were available. I did, however, find other good reads such as “The Storied Life of A. J. Firky” by Gabrielle Zevin, “Three Daughters” by Consuelo Saah Baehr, and “The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make us Human” by Jonathan Gottscall.
In short, I wouldn’t recommend Kindle Unlimited right now. I am hopeful that Amazon will eventually release more books for members, and when they do, I will be anxious to try it again!