Amazon launches Spotify/Netflix-style Kindle Unlimited in UK

Amazon launches Spotify/Netflix-style Kindle Unlimited in UK

Having debuted the service on its home turf of the United States of Americans in July this year, Amazon is bringing its Kindle Unlimited service across the Atlantic.

Coming in at £7.99 per month, Kindle Unlimited is essentially the ebook equivalent of streaming services like Spotify and Netflix. Lovely.

With the marketing tagline “Freedom to explore”, Kindle Unlimited boasts a healthy selection of 650,000 titles alongside thousands of audio books.

Obviously Kindle Unlimited is being advertised with blockbuster heavyweights like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Life of Pi, but the Amazonians reckon it’s a great way to discover new stuff, too.

“Our US customers have shown us how much they love the opportunity to discover new authors and genres, and now we’re delighted to offer the same freedom to our customers in the UK,” beams Jorrit Van der Meulen, Amazon’s vice president for Kindle EU.

Amazon says authors will be paid any time someone reads more than 10% of one of their books, though the exact amount varies depending on the deals struck between Amazon and individual publishers. This article on Digital Book World details fears that some authors might become "second-class citizens", eek.

The arrival of Kindle Unlimited comes hot on the heels of the latest wave of Amazon hardware, including the all-new Kindle Fire 6.0, Kindle Fire HD 7.0 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

Hit up now for further info, and to sign up for your free 30-day Kindle Unlimited trial.

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