I’ve had a Kindle for years but I mainly use it when traveling to avoid taking a second and third suitcase just to cart around the books I think I’ll read (but rarely touch) on vacation.
Then Sam and I moved into this old farmhouse together. That guy goes to bed bonkers early and I stay up bonkers late. For the first six months or so I’d tuck him into bed and leave the light on and read all night. He swore it didn’t bother him but I couldn’t get over the suspicion that it did – despite his deep snoring that seemed to confirm what he told me. I was never really at ease leaving the light blazing until 2 in the morning when he had to get up at 5 AM.
But! Then I remembered: I have a Kindle! I’ve been borrowing books from my library but when I saw that Kindle Unlimited offered a free month I thought I’d give it a shot.
The program is pretty simple. You sign up and can check out up to ten books at once from their Kindle Unlimited selection. The cost is $9.99 per month.
I appreciate the idea of it and I think it has the potential to be a good service. It may even be a good service for folks with different literary tastes. For me though, it was a miss. I read four books from the service over the course of my free month and two of them were very good. The other two were not particuarly good and I was pretty much out of options I thought looked interesting.
Though there are supposedly over a million titles available in the program I really struggled to find options that interested in. Again, folks interested in different genres – specifically horror or romance – may find plenty to keep them busy.
While I did cancel my subscription and likely won’t pick it up again unless they significantly alter their selection (or the process for searching for elligible books – with so many titles it’s possible I was just choosing the wrong search options) but I did discover that reading in the dark with my Kindle is pretty satisfying. I don’t bother Sam and I get a break from the analog books I read during the day. Thanks for teaching me something, Amazon Unlimited!