I’m spending more money per month with Kindle Unlimited…and it’s a great deal
I used to spend a lot of money on books.
Even when I didn’t have much money, it was a significant percentage. I once literally turned orange…well, one arm did, anyway, because books were that high a priority for me.
How did that happen?
At first, I really didn’t know: I thought I’d been radiated or something. The top of my left arm (as I recall) was bright, like pumpkin orange.
I went to the doctor who said, “How many carrots are you eating a day?”
Me: “A pound or so.”
Doctor: “Don’t eat so many…” 😉
I had “carotene poisoning”…not dangerous, but it certainly looked odd.
How does that tie into my love of reading?
Carrots were cheap, filling, and healthy. I could eat those, and still money to spend on books. I would go into a used bookstore, and see a book I wanted. My rule was that I would have to leave the store for an hour, and then come back if I still wanted to spend the money on it. Suffice it to say, I made a lot of round trips. 🙂
Since the Kindle, though, my spending has gone way down. E-books are cheaper than p-books (paperbooks) generally. There are also many free books, and books on sale! I can gorge on 19th Century literature (which I enjoy), and not spend a dime on it.
$9.99 a month for an “all you can read” program sounded great! I went for the free month, and then we’ve kept
Now, I knew going into it that it wasn’t actually unlimited…that should be pretty clear, despite the occasional tale of shock and woe that gets posted in the Kindle Forums. For example, you can’t read books which haven’t been written yet. 😉 Many books still haven’t been put into Kindle format.
I also knew, just from looking at the website and a bit of easy research that the biggest publishers weren’t going to participate at this time.
Yes, Kindle Unlimited has a limited set of books.
What it doesn’t have is a limit on how many you can check out i a month…just how many you can have at a time, which is ten. If you can read and return ten books in a day (my record is three and a half novels in a day), you could check out three hundred and ten books that month (if it’s a month with thirty-one days).
You say you can’t read ten books in a day…that’s beyond your physical limit? See, there are limits on how many books you can read. 😉
I thought I’d take a look, and we haven’t been spending $10 a month a books…in August and July of this year, for example, we spent $4 and $3.98…less than half the $9.99 we spend for KU.
Still, I do think KU is great!
The difference is that I’m reading much more expensive books with KU.
I recently wrote about
and many of those are more than what we’ve typically been paying for Kindle books: $9.99, $10.99…even $13.99 (although that one contains three books).
The “These Are the Voyages” books about the creation of Star Trek that I read and so enjoyed? $9.95 and $14.95.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have paid that amount for either one of them…I might have put them on a wish list and hoped my family and friends go them for me, but it’s hard for me to justify spending almost $15 for a book, now, when I have so many less expensive options.
Reading them as part of KU at no additional cost, though? Perfect!
I wonder if this is true for a lot of people…that they actually spend more with KU than the did before on average, and they consider it worth it.
How about you? If you are a KU member, go to Your Account on Amazon and take a quick look at your digital orders. Are you spending more or less than $9.99 a month on e-books from the Kindle store? If you are spending more, does it seem like it is worth it, or not? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
Update: when I find someone infringing on my copyright, I typically try to reach them without identifying them publicly. I have received an apology and retraction in the past: in some cases, people simply don’t realize that what they are doing is illegal. In this case, I can not find a way to contact a site called Kindle Updates. I discovered that this entire post appeared on that site. When looking for a way to contact them, I found many of my copyrighted posts appearing there without my authorization. There are posts from other sources as well, but I don’t know if they are gaining the necessary legal permissions from the legal rightsholders. They also appear to be selling advertising on the site, making the use of the material a commercial use, I believe. If you know of a way to contact them (I assume they are reading these articles, although it could be more automated than that), please ask them to remove the material, or to contact me to make arrangements for publication. That’s the best way to handle this for all involved. I’ll check the site again in the future to see if the material is still there before taking any other action. If you are with the site, you can comment on this post as a way to contact me and I will keep it anonymous if you like: I noticed you also included a comment link, which brings you back to this blog.
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