Everyone is doing streaming video for a small(depending on how you look at it)monthly subscription fee that lets you watch unlimited videos all month long. This includes online retail giant Amazon, who is also heavily invested in offering e-books to would be readers. One thing that Amazon has yet to touch though, which isn’t too surprising as there aren’t that many other services around that offer it currently, is a monthly subscription based service that offers unlimited reading of as many books as you can stomach in a month. Amazon is actually testing a service out that does exactly this for its subscribers, and it’s called, wait for it… Kindle Unlimited. Most of you thought it would probably have something to with the word Fire didn’t you? Well.. you were wrong.
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service doesn’t sound all that different from an app that we talked about just the other day called Scribd, which actually offers this very same service of unlimited reads for just $8.99 a month. They also just updated their app to add in some really cool new features like easier library management. Book worms rejoice and if you like to get your reading on during the summer months, you may want to look at Scribd to provide you with what you need for the time being as there is no word on when Amazon is planning on launching their Kindle Unlimited full scale to the public. Although the service is going through testing right now, when Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited it should carry a library of some 600,000 book titles(which includes audiobooks), a number that is a good couple hundred thousand higher than that of what Scribd offers at this very moment.
While Amazon’s service looks like it’ll be costing slightly more per month, it also seems to have more available content for readers. Amazon is reportedly talking to major publishers about participating in Kindle Unlimited and if anyone should be able to convince them of accepting such a deal, it should be one of the largest online retailers that already has a decent relationship with those publishers through the selling of those e-books and hard copies. Would you use this instead of just buying your e-books through play books?