Kindle is an e-book reader series by Amazon, which allows you to browse, buy, and read e-books, blogs and newspapers. Today, Amazon has officially announced a new feature of its Kindle platform, Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited offers access to 60,000 e-books and thousands of audiobooks at $9.99 per month. These books could be read on Amazon Kindle and non-Amazon Kindle enabled devices. Kindle Unlimited books includes popular titles like Water of Elephants: A Novel, Life of Pi, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, The Great Santini, Diary of Wimpy Kid Series etc. Once you have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, a 'Read for Free' button will appear against each of 60,000 books included in Kindle Unlimited.
So what does Kindle Unlimited bring for authors? At this point there are so many unanswered questions; how can an author add his book or title Kindle's Unlimited package? How does book royalty works under Kindle Unlimited? Would this bring more money for authors? Seemingly, for now Amazon is including books which get uploaded through Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program (KDP). KDP is program only for indie authors, allowing them to upload and publish books in minutes. Amazon says readers must read at 10% of a Kindle Unlimited and then author will be paid agreed book royalty.
Subscription or membership based (unlimited) access to thousand books is not a new idea. In fact, Safari Books Online LLC follows the same principle to give access to its digital library of mostly technology books. However, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is more worthwhile because variety, volume and low cost of membership. Therefore, it seems Kindle Unlimited has brighter future for itself, readers and last but not least, the authors.