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Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited – It’s like Netflix For Books

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How you read books just got revolutionized again. Amazon announced today that they are launching Kindle Unlimited, a new service that lets you read all the books you want for $9.99 a month. 

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All the books you want for $9.99 sounds great, but like all the movies you want on Netflix, you may not find the book you’re looking for. Amazon promises unlimited access to 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks through Audible.com. You can read or listen to them on any device that has the Kindle App or, of course, a Kindle.

I took a look at what they have available under the program and there are some great titles. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, all the Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games series. What you won’t find are any Stephen King books or Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m sure you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey already though. Probably more than once.

So the question you need to ask yourself is, do you read enough to make $9.99 a month worth unlimited access to a limited selection of books? If you’re like me the answer is flat out no.

If I read I fall asleep. Everytime. I do enjoy Audible’s audiobooks though. They were recently bought by Amazon. I commute a decent distance during the summer and it’s great to listen to a book but even then I don’t listen enough to warrant $9.99 a month. I’d rather pay full price when I want a book.

Another option of course is to go to your local book store a buy a book right off the shelf of have them order it for you. There are a lot of great little books stores in Maine. Two that come to mind are Longfellow Books right here near out studios in Monument Square and Books N Things in my hometown of Norway. They’ve been in business in the Oxford Hills area for years. Amazon may have pushed a lot bookstores out of business but like these two, there are many stores still thriving.

What do you think? Do you plan to sign up for Kindle Unlimited? How do you read books? Do you read a lot? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #mainebookreading.

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