If you’re a Kindle user, you’ve undoubtedly come across titles with that Kindle Unlimited logo and an enticing “$0.00” price tag attached. You’re curious, yes? With titles in genres from mysteries and romance to sci-fi and self-help, Kindle Unlimited is an easy and affordable way to sate your appetite for eBooks. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service that’s been likened to Netflix for eBooks. For a monthly fee of $9.99 after a free 30-day trial, you get access to a whopping one-million-plus eBook, audio book, and magazine titles. You don’t own any of the books, but you can borrow as many as you want and enjoy them for as long as you want— hence, “unlimited.”

Take that one million number with a grain of salt, as it’s beefed up by a lot of public domain titles (many of which are already free to download from Amazon and elsewhere), self-published books, and selections from independent publishers. Books from major publishing houses like HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Macmillan aren’t available through Kindle Unlimited.

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Kindle Unlimited recommends new and popular titles as well as those based on your shopping history.

The beloved Harry Potter and Hunger Games series are here, though, as is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and a host of books by popular thriller author Dean Koontz. But these seem to be the exception rather than the rule, and popular titles and authors take a considerable amount of poking around to uncover.

How does Kindle Unlimited work?

Using Kindle Unlimited is much like downloading and reading any Kindle book you purchase. You find a title, click on the orange Read for Free button, and select the destination from your registered devices.

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There are a few ways to find Kindle Unlimited titles. You can search the Kindle Store, but the search results will return purchase-only books as well as Kindle Unlimited offers. To be sure the book you’re looking for is available through Kindle Unlimited, look for the logo and zeroed-out price next to it.

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Kindle Unlimited books can be read on your Kindle or any device that supports the Kindle app.

You can also go to the Kindle Unlimited page, which will immediately display “new and notable” titles as well as recommendations based on your shopping and purchase history. Given the Kindle Unlimited’s voluminous selection, this isn’t a bad way to choose your first few books and get your feet wet with the service. Once you’ve downloaded a few books, this page will also start recommending titles based on your recent Kindle Unlimited reads.

Each book you download gets added to your personal Kindle Unlimited library, accessible on the Manage Your Content and Devices page on the Amazon site. Although you can read an “unlimited” number of Kindle Unlimited titles, you can only have 10 in your library at one time. If you exceed this amount, you’ll be prompted to return a title to add a new one.



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