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Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited – a new subscription book and audiobooks service

If you’re a fan of Amazon’s Kindles or Audible.co.uk the new Kindle Unlimited service is definitely for you.

Introducing Kindle Unlimited

Amazon’s Kindle eReaders are arguably some of the most popular in the business and let you store thousands of books locally to peruse at your leisure. The company unveiled an update to the line just the other day, giving us new Android-based Kindle Fire HDX options and the new Kindle Voyager eReader. To sweeten the deal even further, the company is now rolling out a new service in the UK called Kindle Unlimited, starting from today.

Just as Spotify or Netflix give you unlimited music playback or movies for a monthly subscription, so too will Kindle Unlimited. The new Amazon service offers subscribers access to an online store of 650,000 Kindle eBooks from which they can read as many and as often as they like. The full library includes titles such as the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games trilogy and The Life of Pi as well as some Kindle-exclusive titles.

The second piece of the pie takes the form of unlimited access to content from Audible.co.uk. The Amazon-owned audiobook service currently charges £7.99 a month to grant users one free audiobook and discounts on any additional titles from its 100,000 audiobook-strong library. By becoming a Kindle Unlimited gives you access to unlimited playback for as many audiobooks you like, albeit limited to a selection of ‘just’ 2000 audiobooks for the same price.

Kindle Unlimited isn’t just locked to Amazon’s own Kindle and Kindle Fire tablets either, many of the free Kindle apps such as those found on Android and iOS now support the service, which is currently available as a 30-day free trial with a £7.99 monthly subscription cost after that. Interested? Let us know in the comments below if you think this is the best new way to enjoy books (and audiobooks) on the go.

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