With subscription plans for music having taken hold in recent years, Amazon figured it might as well get in on the action and roll out a similar service for e-books. Earlier today, the online retailing giant announced Kindle Unlimited, a new service that lets users read anything and everything they want from Amazon's 600,000 strong e-book library for just $9.99 a month.
In an effort to get as many users signed up as possible, the service will not be limited to Amazon devices. On the contrary, most anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer can sign up for the service via the free-to-download Kindle reading app. Indeed, supported smartphone devices include the iPhone, Android devices, Windows Phone, and even BlackBerry.
Users who sign up for Kindle Unlimited also receive a free three-month membership to Audible, which is great because it allows users to seamlessly transition from reading an e-book to listening to the audio book of that same title from the precise place they left off.
If you're at all curious about the service, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial. As it stands now, the service is only available to U.S. consumers, though Amazon indicates that they'll be expanding into other countries soon.
With music subscription plans all the rage now (all hail Spotify), it'll be interesting to see how the market reacts to a subscription service for e-books.
Of course, the cynics among us might readily point out that you can just as easily get a free Kindle Unlimited subscription with something the old folks like to call a library card.