Both Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime Reading are subscription services offered by Amazon for e-books, audiobooks, and magazines. While both services offer access to a large selection of books and other materials, there are some key differences to consider.
Kindle Unlimited is a standalone subscription service that provides access to over one million e-books, audiobooks, and magazines. It costs $9.99 per month and allows you to borrow up to 10 titles at a time. There are no due dates or late fees, and you can read on any device with the Kindle app.
On the other hand, Amazon Prime Reading is included as part of an Amazon Prime membership, which also provides benefits like free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video. Prime Reading offers a rotating selection of over 1,000 books, magazines, comics, and more, and there is no limit to how many titles you can borrow. However, the selection is smaller than that of Kindle Unlimited.
So, which one is worth it? It really depends on your reading habits and preferences. If you are an avid reader who likes to have access to a large selection of books and doesn't mind paying a monthly fee, Kindle Unlimited may be the better option for you. If you are already an Amazon Prime member and don't want to pay extra for a reading service, Prime Reading can be a great way to supplement your reading without additional cost.
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.