What does the New Kindle Unlimited Mean for Student Life?
In today’s school news, Amazon has just announced Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can-eat subscription service that some are describing as “Netflix for books.” Available only in the US for now, Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 per month and gives users access to a treasure trove of over 600,000 titles. For students, this is great news. From an academic perspective, the new Kindle Unlimited service shows great potential. And if you want to sit back and relax, it’s not bad either! With popular series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings already available on Kindle Unlimited (and plenty more coming), the service strikes a good balance between entertainment and education.
Amazon has also specified that users will be able to download up to 10 books at a time through the service, and Kindle Unlimited will be compatible with all Kindle devices as well as Apple iOS and Google Android devices that have the Kindle application installed. All you have to do is purchase a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, then find a book available through the service and click “Read for Free.” You can also subscribe for a 30 day free trial.
This is all well and good, but what does a service like Kindle Unlimited really mean for students? Here are a few important points.
Makes it easier to try a book
How do you know which book to read and which book isn’t worth your time? You don’t. You can read reviews and consult user comments, but the only way to know for sure is to read the book. When you purchase books one by one, it’s easy to talk yourself out of a purchase if you’re not 100% certain a book will be worth your investment. A system like Kindle Unlimited, on the other hand, allows you to try books that you’re on the fence about for free and decide for yourself. Plus, there’s no limit to how many books you can read. Reading ten books per month costs the same as reading one!
While Kindle Unlimited isn’t specifically geared towards education right now, it’s clear that the system will offer educational alternatives in the future. Already, there are rumours that Amazon is working on “education packages” that will regroup a number of important textbooks and educational articles in one convenient education bundle available with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Imagine only having to carry a Kindle to class instead of heavy textbooks, or being able to read advanced textbooks ahead of your class at no extra costs. Clearly, a service like Kindle Unlimited offers a number of fascinating possibilities for education.
So, what do you think of Kindle Unlimited? Is it good education news? Will you be taking the service for a spin with the 30 day trial period or will you be waiting for more titles to be added? Let us know in the comments!