Amazon officially launches Kindle Unlimited, ebook and audiobook subscription service for $9.99/month

by tech on July 18, 2014

Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, the $9.99/month ebook and audiobook subscription service we told you about on Wednesday.

The details are, pretty much, what was already leaked. The service is only available in the U.S. for now. About 640,000 titles are available, the bulk of them from Amazon’s own publishing imprints or by self-published authors who’d previously enrolled their books in Kindle Select. There are books from traditional publishers as well — no big-5 publishers, but Abrams, Algonquin, Workman, Open Road and Bloomsbury, among others. 2,000 audiobooks from Audible are included, and a membership to Kindle Unlimited comes with a free three-month Audible subscription.

One splashy series of note that is available: The first three books in the bestselling eight-book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, published by Abrams.

There’s a 30-day free trial.

“With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you can just start reading and listening,” Russ Grandinetti, SVP of Kindle, said in a statement. said Russ Grandinetti, Senior Vice President, Kindle. “In addition to offering over 600,000 ebooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy.”

 

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