(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Amazon unveiled its newest digital library service last week, offering Kindle users access to hundreds of thousands of titles for a low monthly cost of $9.99.
With Amazon’s new service, Kindle Unlimited, customers can choose from over 600,000 e-books, as well as 2,000 audio books from popular series such as “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games,” and “Lord of the Ring,” says the online retail giant in a press release.
“With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you can just start reading and listening,” says Russ Grandinetti, Senior VP of Kindle. “In addition to offering over 600,000 eBooks, Kindle Unlimited is also by far the most cost-effective way to enjoy audiobooks and eBooks together. With thousands of Whispersync for Voice-enabled audiobooks to choose from, you can easily switch between reading and listening to a book, allowing the story to continue even when your eyes are busy. We hope you take advantage of the 30-day free trial and try it for yourself.”
This service also comes with a free three-month Audible membership, granting subscribers access to an additional 150,000 audio book titles.
The New York Times noted in a report earlier this week that this service does not offer a variety of e-books from the five biggest publishers, HarperCollins, Hackette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and Macmillan, possible due to Hachette ongoing war with Amazon over contract negotiations.
Information on Amazon’s free 30-day trial can be found here.