Kindle Unlimited vs Prime Reading: Which One Is Worth It?
If you have been paying attention to the way that we consume media you may have noticed that we have basically moved from owning our media to streaming. As the DVD sections at your local retailers shrink steadily, services like Netflix and Hulu have picked up the slack. It’s gotten to the point that companies like AT&T have started shifting their satellite television service to online streaming.
As the entire industry shifts to streaming, Amazon is quietly bringing the way that we read along for the ride. Amazon, along with the mostly affordable line of Kindle e-readers, has modernized reading by bringing us two streaming/lending services, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading. As the names suggest, Kindle Unlimited is a Kindle reading product and Prime Reading is a feature of the Amazon Prime service.
Amazon Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited is a reading service from Amazon that offers 1.4 million books to subscribers through either a Kindle e-reader or the Kindle app which is freely available on most devices. You can freely read any book you'd like and although you won't find all of the same books you would if you were just browsing the Kindle store, you will find a really broad selection of titles, spanning multiple genres.
One of the cooler features of Kindle Unlimited is that you also get a few thousand audiobooks available on top of the regular ebooks. This is sure to excite not only the avid reader but also the casual reader or the commute audiobook listener. Compared to the $14.95 that you pay for Audible, the $9.99 Kindle unlimited gives you a good selection if you are a casual ebook listener, although it should be noted that if you are an avid listener, you may find the selection sparse.
As mentioned previously, Kindle Unlimited costs only $9.99. The cost overall is pretty fair. You get a lot of great books and audiobooks from the list, it's accessible on most devices and if you love to read you will definitely appreciate the unlimited access to the library for the price.
Public Domain Books
Kindle Unlimited subscription comes with around 500 curated public domain books that you can read, as well as listen to. Amazon has also included the free audio version of each of these books so that you can either read or listen to it.
You may be wondering why you are paying for free books but I wouldn't look at it that way. You are paying for the 1 million books and one thousand audiobooks that Amazon offers with Kindle, the public domain books are just an added bonus.
Amazon Prime Reading
Amazon prime reading is a digital library of over 1000 books available through an Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon prime reading is a little bit scaled back when compared to services like Kindle Unlimited. Where Kindle Unlimited offers a few thousand audiobooks, Amazon says that Prime Reading offers just "dozens". Where Prime Reading offers 1000 ebooks, Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million.
Prime Reading can also be taken in a different light. Prime reading is only a small part of a much larger ecosystem. Amazon offers Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Shipping and Prime Early Access. Amazon prime is like the jack of all trades when it comes to streaming media. Being a Prime Subscriber means that you get a taste of all sorts of different services from Amazon and is designed to nudge you toward other services like Audible and Kindle Unlimited.
If you are a casual consumer, you will likely find the $12.99/ month for Amazon Prime digestible. You will find access to all kinds of media from music, movies and television shows to books and audiobooks. If you get bored with one thing you can move onto the next. While you can pay more for additional services, Amazon Prime definitely offers it's money's worth, if not just for the Prime Shipping.
Being an Amazon Prime member means that you also get access to Amazon First Reads. First Reads is a service that allows you to select one unreleased book each month to read before the general public. This is kind of a neat feature because it brings you fresh new books each month and gives you something to look forward to each month.
Conclusion- Which One Is Worth It?
Hopefully, by now, we have answered "Whats The Difference?" question but which one is worth it?Amazon Kindle Unlimited is a really good streaming service for ebooks. It brings book readers along for the streaming shift and it allows people who read multiple books a month, but don't necessarily need to own a copy of each book, a way that they might save some money by paying per month instead of per book. This service offers a great alternative to buying books from the Kindle store and retaining your own copies, even if you don't plan on reading them again any time soon.
Amazon Prime reading is a reading service that ties into an Amazon Prime subscription. Amazon Prime gives you a taste of several different services like Prime Music and Prime Video. They are clever in the way that they draw you into a good show or give you a taste of unlimited reading and then you find yourself buying episodes later on when you are hooked and you run out of free episodes.
Prime Reading is like a launchpad for Kindle Unlimited. On Amazon's own help page for Prime Reading that if you've wet your appetite for unlimited reading than you should try a free trial of Kindle Unlimited. They say this for good reason. Unless you are a really casual reader, you will probably begin to feel cramped with Prime Reading. Only being able to read 10 books at a time and having a small selection of books, in general, make it hard for this to be your Primary reading service, and Amazon doesn't want it to be.
Overall Amazon has very ingeniously created a machine that draws you in through shopping, and then introduces you to all kinds of other services. Their bet is that you will like at least one of them and invest in another Amazon service.
So if you are wondering which service you should invest in. Take Amazon's advice and try the 30 day trial of Kindle Unlimited. If you like reading you will not be disappointed. If you are someone who just reads the occasional book and don't care too much about what book it is, Prime Reading is a really good deal and it comes with all the other Prime benefits as well.
Now it's your turn. Do you use Kindle Unlimited? Let us know what you think in the comments and if it was worth it for you to make the investment.