How Does Kindle Unlimited Work

You might know Amazon offers many services like Amazon stores, Alexa and Echo devices, and Amazon Prime and Twitch. But did you know Amazon’s got something for book lovers, too?

That’s right, Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited is the platform where you can read all the books you love.

And it’s not just books; Kindle Unlimited offers a wide variety of reading and audiobook material.

Here’s a guide to what Kindle Unlimited offers, how it works, and everything you need to get started with your own Kindle Unlimited account.

What does Kindle Unlimited Offer?

You don’t have to own a Kindle device to read books on Kindle Unlimited, it’s accessible through the Kindle app or from any Amazon device. All you need to do is subscribe.

Once you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you will see more than 1,000,000 Kindle titles including eBooks, audiobooks, and international magazines.

You can borrow as many as ten books at a time, and here’s the best part; you don’t have to worry about due dates.

Sounds good, right? Let’s look at what you need to set up to start using Kindle Unlimited.

How to get Amazon Kindle Unlimited?

The Kindle Unlimited subscription has a simple sign-up process, it might only take a few minutes.

You just need a valid credit card linked to your Amazon account. Then go to the sign-up page for Kindle Unlimited, and select the plan that suits you. From there, you can either hit the “Join Kindle Unlimited” button or simply click “Start Your Free Trial”.

How Much Does Kindle Unlimited cost?

As of now, Kindle Unlimited costs nearly $10.00 ($9.99 to be specific) per month. It seems like a fair deal as you can pay $9.99 unlimited eBooks, magazines, and other exciting reads.

A current subscription offer costs just $4.99 for the first two months, great for those who want to join Kindle Unlimited right now. If you sign up today, you can claim your first two months of free Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

Now, it’s only natural to test something out before paying for it. That’s why Kindle Unlimited offers you a free one-month trial before you purchase the subscription. If you think it’s a good deal, check out Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans.

If you want to gift someone Kindle Unlimited for a specific time, there are discounted plans available. There are offers for 6, 12 and 24 months of Kindle Unlimited subscriptions with 20%, 33%, and 40% discounts.

Is Kindle Unlimited Available in My Country?

So far, Kindle Unlimited is available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, India, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. Amazon has plans to expand the book reading service to other countries in the future.

Do Prime Members Have to Pay for Kindle Unlimited?

Since Kindle Unlimited is a separate service, you have to pay for it even if you are a Prime member. But an Amazon Prime subscription is not a must-have for a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Don’t worry, Amazon Prime members have free access to Prime Reading. With more than 1,000 titles, it’s a good choice for audio, video, and textual entertainment under the same Amazon Prime plan. But of course, it can’t beat Kindle Unlimited’s library of over a million eBooks.

How to look for Kindle Unlimited books?

There are three ways to access Kindle Unlimited books:

  • Using Kindle Unlimited Books Page
  • Using the search bar
  • Using the Kindle Unlimited phone app

Using Kindle Unlimited Books Page

In this method, all you have to do is to visit the Kindle Unlimited Books page and start browsing your favorite books. Here you can apply filters, available on the left side, to see the books that match your preferences.

Using the search bar

The most common and convenient way to search for a book is to go to Amazon Store and type out the book’s name in the search bar. You can see a logo showing a book is available on Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t see a logo, the book is unavailable.

After you find the Kindle Unlimited logo, open the product page by clicking on the title. Usually, there’s a button under the book saying “Buy the book” but if it’s available on Kindle Unlimited, you’ll see a button saying “Read For Free”.

By clicking “Read For Free”, you will borrow the under your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Using the Kindle Unlimited phone app

In this method of accessing Kindle Unlimited books, all you have to do is to search for books inside Kindle Unlimited phone app. You can download the app from Google Play or the App Store.

The app is the easiest way to browse books because you don’t need to switch browser tabs to look for another title.   You can use the app to read, browse, and download books in one place.

How to Return Kindle Unlimited Books

Returning a book on Kindle Unlimited is as simple as borrowing it. Here’s how to do it.

  • Go to “Your Account” and click “Your Kindle Unlimited”.
  • A list of your “Your Borrowed Items” will appear, which shows how many books you have borrowed (up to 10 at a time).
  • Simply hit the “Return” button to return any title you want.

How to Browse Kindle Unlimited Audiobooks

Not all Kindle Unlimited books come in an audiobook format but the ones that do will have a headphone mark next to the Kindle Unlimited logo on the product page.

So, if your required book is available in audiobook, you can access it on your Kindle phone app, Amazon device, or Amazon’s Audible app.

How to Use Kindle Unlimited Phone App

The Kindle app is available for both Android and IOS devices on the Play Store or App Store. You can download the app on any of your devices so you don’t have to open a browser to read the book.

Here’s how to setup the Kindle Unlimited app:

  • From the Kindle app, you can select “Kindle Unlimited”, available in the “Discover” tab.
  • You can borrow books by tapping on the button “Add to Library” in your books list.
  • You can also have a look at your borrowed books and return them using the “Manage your Titles” option.

How to Cancel Your Kindle Unlimited Subscription

Didn’t love your Kindle Unlimited app? It’s all right, to each their own.

Don’t worry about losing your benefits once you cancel, though.  If you have already paid for a certain period, you can use the Kindle Unlimited until that period ends. But if you have a pre-paid plan then the cancellation will be effective immediately.

You can follow the guidelines below to cancel your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

  • Under the “Your Kindle Unlimited” page, there is a “Manage Membership” box with the “Cancel Kindle Unlimited Membership” button.
  • Once you click that button, a message will tell you which perks you still have and how long they will continue.
  • Here, you can either choose “Keep my membership” or “Cancel membership”.
  • If you opt to cancel your membership, then you will receive an email confirming your cancellation.
  • To use Kindle Unlimited again, move to “Your Kindle Unlimited” page. Once there, under the “Manage Membership” box, you can choose the option for “Continue Kindle Unlimited Membership”.