31 “read-sons” to love Kindle Unlimited
Like a lot of people, you may be brand new to
You may have gotten a free month when you bought (or were given) an Amazon reader or tablet, or maybe you were given a gift of KU:
If you are a reader, this is a wonderful thing!
Of course, you’ll run into naysayers who want to dismiss it…they may tell you how the biggest publishers aren’t participating, and how you won’t see the bestsellers in there.
Well, the part about the publishers is true (at least at the time of writing), but there are some recent bestsellers and a lot of great books that may not be topping the charts this week!
I decided to list 31 “read-sons” (reasons, but specifically things to read) to love having KU, but before I do, let me explain how it works.
For $9.99 a month, you can read certain Kindle books. The amount you can read in a month of those books is unlimited, although you can only have up to ten at a time. If you go to borrow an eleventh book, it will suggest you return the one you’ve had the longest, but it’s up to you.
You don’t own the books, but you can keep them as long as you are a KU member. It is possible for books to go in and out of KU, though.
More than one person can read the same book on your account at the same time…that still counts as only having borrowed one book. For example, if you borrow Water for Elephants, two people can both read it on your account.
For more information (both on how to use it and book recommendations, see the
Okay, here are 31 read-sons! I picked thirty-one so there would be one reason for each day in the longest month, since so many people are getting one month free. You don’t have to borrow only one book a day, though: again, you can have up to ten out at a time.
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins! Yes, you can read (or re-read) all three of the Hunger Games books at no additional cost!
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling! All seven of the books at your convenience…vide libri! Another cool feature: they have these books in different languages. If you’ve read them in English and are learning Japanese, it might really help you to read a book with which you are familiar in that language
- Bond…James Bond by Ian Fleming!
- More than 300 million copies of books by romance writer Janet Dailey have reportedly been sold…there are over fifty titles by hers in KU!
- Childhood’s End, Rendezvous with Rama, and more by science fiction master Arthur C. Clarke!
- 27 (at time of writing) of the Perry Mason books by Erle Stanley Gardner
- Good grief! You’re on Kindle Unlimited, Charlie Brown! The Complete Peanuts Collections (the comic strips) are available in KU…and they are $14.99 each at time of writing
- Cookbooks! Ever bought a cookbook, or browsed through a bunch in a store, just looking for a recipe to cook one dish? With KU, you don’t need to buy them…just borrow them! Have a vegetarian coming over for the holidays? You can borrow Holiday Vegan Entrees
- Travel books! That’s another example of something you might want to use, but don’t want to keep. Going to Australia for the holidays, so you can enjoy them on the beach? There are close to 200 Australia travel books in KU, including the Lonely Planet series
- Read the movie! Life of Pi, 12 Years a Slave, From Here to Eternity…
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: this 1962 book really launched the environmental movement in the USA
- Have a laugh with Erma Bombeck! One of the most popular American humorists and newspaper columnists, you can read If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?, Motherhood, and The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank and more!
- Lord of the Rings…and the Hobbit!
- All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot!
- KU AudioBooks (at AmazonSmile*) There are close to 10,000 audiobooks at time of writing available through Kindle Unlimited
- The Wayward Pines books…recent books soon to be a TV series on Fox!
- George Orwell books, including 1984 and Animal Farm: not in the public domain in the USA, but available to read at no additional cost on KU!
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks: super popular non-fiction book from 1985!
- The Heirloom Collection series, illustrated by Jaqui Oakley: Complete Sherlock Holmes (the original Arthur Conan Doyle Works) or the complete novels of Jane Austen, published at $99.99 in hardback, highly rated, new four color illustrations…sure, you could find Homes and Austen for free outside of KU, but these are relatively high quality editions!
- Capital in the 21st Century…a number one New York Times bestseller in 2014!
- Hundreds of books on Minecraft! Would you really pay for them? Maybe…but you are probably a lot more likely to read them
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman!
- Pat Conroy! The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini…
- John Jakes! North and South, The Kent Family Chronicles…
- The 87th Precinct books by Ed McBain
- The Wool series (popular recent science fiction) by Hugh Howey!
- Umberto Eco! The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum…
- Thousands of joke books! Honestly, who reads a joke book twice?
- David Halberstam’s The Fifties!
- The “For Dummies” series! That’s another example of one where, once you’ve read it and learned it, you probably don’t want to own it
- The Best American Short Stories series (not 2014 at the time of writing, but early volumes)
There! If that “naysayer” still says there isn’t anything good to read in Kindle Unlimited…well, you’ll know better. ;)
Update: thanks to reader Allie D. for a comment which helped improve this post!
Join over a thousand readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!
* 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.