25% off Kindle Unlimited through Sunday
have been quite rare, but there’s one going on right now for St. Valentine’s Day!
It’s 25% off pre-paid plans.
- 6 Months: $59.94 – Now $44.95
- 12 Months: $119.88 – Now $89.91
- 24 Months: $239.76 – Now $179.82
I’ve been a happy member of Amazon’s subser (subscription service) for e-books since it debuted.
I looked immediately to see if we could buy it at the discount to add on to our current pre-paid plan, but not too surprisingly, you can’t. The terms of the deal include:
- Customers who are on a monthly plan and have previously purchased a pre-paid plan that is currently associated with their account and customers who have purchased multiple pre-paid plans that are currently associated with their account are not eligible.
- Existing Kindle Unlimited subscribers with monthly subscriptions who have not previously purchased a pre-paid plan are eligible for this promotion. For those subscribers who choose to participate, automatic renewals will be temporarily suspended for the duration of the monthly package purchased and will automatically restart at its conclusion.
I definitely think it’s worth it, but I should explain that a bit.
Normally, you are paying $9.99 a month for an “all you can read” selection. You can have up to 10 titles out at the same time on one account (and typically, you could have an individual title on six devices on your account at the same time).
That’s out of 1,228,126 titles at the time of writing (in the USA…that’s what I’m discussing today).
One of the big things I see with this is that I get books I wouldn’t have read otherwise…often due to price.
I like public domain books, and I could read all I want without spending a dime, I think, by just reading those free out of copyright titles.
However, there are certainly in-copyright books I’d like to read. 🙂 I put some on my wish list for family members to see on gift giving occasions, but there are others that I’d just like to read.
So, with KU, it’s not that I get a book for which I would have paid for free (well, technically, for no additional cost)…it’s that I read different books.
My Significant Other, who isn’t a big fan of technology, is now also downloading KU books, mainly to read on the treadmill. 🙂
I’ve recommended KU books a number of times in the past…see the
category of ILMK posts.
Today, though, I thought I’d let you know what we actually have out right now. I think that may give you some ideas, and my feeling is that some readers like to see that little window into our lives. 🙂
I copied this from the listing…the dates are the dates borrowed. If it’s one I’ve read or am reading, I’ll give you some thoughts.
Before I start, here is an obvious question: why do we still have the books if I’ve finished reading them? I tell myself that I’ll review all the books I read on Goodreads, but I don’t always get to it. I think I do tend to indicate I’m currently reading them, so at least there is that. You can follow my reviews on Goodreads here:
I do make an effort to write an “artful” and helpful review, which why I don’t just crank them out.
Okay, on to our borrowed books!
When I Found You
Ryan Hyde January 22, 2016
The Short Drop
Matthew FitzSimmons January 22, 2016
Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy from Mars
Daniel Pinkwater January 14, 2016
I’ve finished reading this one, and I did enjoy it. Pinkwater writes what are seen as young adult and children’s books, but I would say they are Baby Boomer informed. They are goofy and surrealistic. I wouldn’t say this was the best one, but it was worth it.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Walter Tevis January 6, 2016
David Bowie was perfectly cast in the movie, and if I’d read the book, it was a long time ago. This was a case where both the movie and the book were good. I’d actually say the book had some superior elements, but this was a good, cynical read.
A Truth Worth Tellin’
Toni Teepell December 11, 2015
I really enjoyed this one, and it’s not science fiction or fantasy. 🙂 This is a book that could find an audience and become well-known, but it’s just a question of whether or not it breaks through.
Angles of Attack (Frontlines Book 3)
Marko KloosSeptember 25, 2015
I read all of these military science fiction books (well, the first three main books), and they were both old-fashioned (as in 1950s) and more modern. They have more character development and more human interaction elements than you might anticipate. Again, worth reading
Experiencing Lithuania: An Unconventional Travel Guide
Columbia Warren June 20, 2015
I had relatives going to Lithuania, and I was looking for something that wasn’t the typical guidebook. This fit the bill: it was much more experiential…what a friend would tell you who came back from living there. The only major gap I saw was no mention of the Three Stooges (the actual brothers, Moe, Curly, and Shemp are of Lithuanian descent). That’s a quibble; I thought it was fun and useful.
A King of Infinite Space (Long Beach Homicide)
Tyler Dilts September 6, 2014
Earth: An Alien Enterprise: The Shocking Truth Behind the..
Timothy Good August 14, 2014
Good’s Above Top Secret was one of the most popular books about UFOs and secrecy, and they are entertainingly written. I wouldn’t say it’s going to convince anybody who isn’t already leaning strongly in favor of the idea (not just of UFOs being genuine alien craft or some kind, but of the government covering it up). If you are in that camp, or if you want to just read it as entertainment, it works.
Whether this is for St. Valentine’s Day or not, I would think about this. We gave KU to a related family…mainly for the two kids, but the adults will get to use it, too. 🙂 I think that might have been my favorite gift that we gave this last holiday season.
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