Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?
Kel Tuesday, August 09, 2016 discussionI'm just over a week into my Kindle Unlimited 30-day trial. I talked about different subscription reading services a year ago, but this is the first time I've tried any of them myself.
So far, I've read Seirsha of Errinton (which was a major disappointment) and Dead Spots (which wasn't bad), and I'm currently reading No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (so HAPPY to finally get book 3 of this series).
Kindle Unlimited has a couple of big name titles (e.g., Harry Potter and The Hunger Games), but the majority of its offerings appear to be small press (like Skyscape and 47North) or indie. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on what you're looking for. For instance, if you're a voracious romance reader who goes through five novels a week, $9.99 a month here might be a good deal for you.
While I like the freedom of trying books without worrying about price (or feeling compelled to finish them so they're not a waste of money), I'm personally not thrilled with Kindle Unlimited's selection. I really have to dig to find stuff that looks good, and--while there are definitely quality indie books out there--there's more than a little truth to the "poorly written/proofread and/or unoriginal indie" stereotype. And there are a ton of indies here. Most of the better indie authors I've read aren't available through Unlimited, and I'm a little picky about paying for subpar writing/storytelling--with big publishers and indies alike.
With its current selection, Kindle Unlimited isn't worth it.
Before signing up for the free trial, I looked through the KU catalog and ID'd a couple of books from my TBR list. I have five left in my queue. At this point, unless there's a big change in product offerings, I probably won't be keeping Kindle Unlimited past the trial period. If I wanted a paid subscription service, I'd be more likely to go with Scribd. I found a bunch of books I want to read after a quick glance without searching for anything in particular. I'm pretty confident a little digging would reveal a lot more.
Have any of you tried Kindle Unlimited or another subscription service? What was your experience? Would you think about giving the free trial a shot? (The answer to that last one should be yes so you can read The Heartstrikers series, but they're totally worth buying, too.)