More than a million books in Kindle Unlimited

More than a million books in Kindle Unlimited

I’ve been a happy member of

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon’s “all you can read” subser (subscription service) which is $9.99 a month.

The number of books available through it has been growing pretty rapidly, and I noticed today that it is over one million titles (in the USA Kindle store).

When the entire Kindle store launched back in 2007, it didn’t even have 100,000 titles…this is ten times as many!

Now, interestingly, in my

Snapshot: June 1 2015

there were 3,530,378 total titles, and 984,701 in Kindle Unlimited (27.9%).

Today, those numbers are 3,588,503 and 1,006,072 (28.0%).

Let’s see: that’s 58,125 titles added overall and 21,371 added to KU…so about 36.7% of the books added were added to KU.

That’s a lot!

I’m still guessing one of the Big 5 trade publishers may join KU this year (at least with some of their backlist), but that wouldn’t up the total numbers all that much. The tradpubs (traditional publishers) are a tiny minority of the books published to the Kindle store each month. They are a lot more of the money generated than they are of the units sold, of course.

I find that there are plenty of books I want to read in KU, and that it does tend to encourage me to read books which are more expensive.

We’ll see how Amazon’s new royalty plan changes what’s in KU (it may mean fewer short books), which I wrote about recently:

Pay by the page read: Amazon revolutionizes royalties

Let’s see…by the end of next year, it wouldn’t surprise me if a third of the books in the Kindle store are in KU…

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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