I am an avid user of Kindle Unlimited or KU. I think it is hugely beneficial for readers like me and here’s why.
I don’t read book blurbs, teasers, or when authors post the prologue or first chapter of their book so you can get a little taste before reading it. I like to go into my books blind. I feel like I get a better reading experience by doing this. When I was reading blurbs I would start to come up with scenarios of how I thought the book would play out or I would be anticipating something mentioned in the blurb and wasn’t fully committed to the storyline before this scene took place. Because of this I wasn’t getting as much pleasure out of reading. I wasn’t absorbing the full story as well. So I quit reading them and decided if I went into a book blind then I could experience the storyline more organically and have a better reading experience and guess what? It worked! The downside to this is I was buying books I didn’t like because I didn’t really know what it was before I started. With a limited book budget every month this was taking a serious toll so I decided to give KU a try.
With KU I pay $9.99 a month and have an unlimited number of books I can read. By reading just three books a month priced at $3.99 it was worth my money to give it a try. Now I can dive into books and if it’s not something I love I haven’t really lost any money when I put it down and move on to the next one. As a person who reads 4-5 books a week this really started paying off for me.
I know one of the big arguments people have against KU is that they like to own their books not just borrow them. I can understand that because I like to own mine as well. But I have no problems reading a book through KU and then if it’s one I love going back and buying it. It’s a win, win for both me and the author. I got to read a fantastic story I love for basically free and then get to make the choice to spend money on it. The author gets paid for me reading it through KU and then again from me buying it. In my opinion it works out perfectly for both of us. On top of that I’ve discovered so many new to me authors that I might not have given a try otherwise.
I know KU isn’t for everyone. I know a lot of my favorite authors don’t use KU but, I’ll be honest I’m going to buy their books anyway so that isn’t really an issue for me. I would highly recommend that if you haven’t tried KU yet, for whatever reason, you sign up. Use the free 30 day trial to get acquainted with what it has to offer, then make a decision based on your own experience with it.
I have used KU for years and will continue to do so. I have had nothing but positive experiences with it.
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