Amazon Launches Kindle E-Book Subscription Service
August 1, 2014 - Kindle Unlimited
Amazon announced Friday a origination of a new subscription use for a e-book catalog. The new offering, famous as Kindle Unlimited, gives subscribers entrance to 600,000 e-books for $9.99. Among a books that will be accessible to business are The Hunger Games, a Harry Potter array and a Lord of a Rings series.
The subscription will also embody entrance to audiobooks by Amazon’s subsidiary, Audible.com. The use will be accessible by a Seattle-based company’s Kindle devices, as good as by a Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android. Amazon is also charity a giveaway 30-day hearing to foster a launch. Authors participating in Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing module will have their books automatically combined to Unlimited.
Seamless Transition to Audio
The association announced a use after days of conjecture following a random posting of a promotional video describing a subscription module on a site progressing this week. Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s comparison clamp boss for Kindle, pronounced in a matter that readers regulating Kindle Unlimited will have a ability to switch between e-book and audio versions of their books, permitting them to continue reading while differently occupied. “You can simply switch between reading and listening to a book, permitting a story to continue even when your eyes are busy,” he said.
Amazon pronounced a module would underline entrance to bestsellers, total listening for books on Audible that have Whispersync technology, entrance to Kindle exclusives, and a three-month membership to Audible.
The online selling site has essentially been focusing on expanding a Prime use recently. Amazon had announced skeleton for extended Sunday delivery, video streaming and grocery smoothness for Prime members. Unlimited, on a other hand, will be accessible to any customer with a Kindle device or app. The use will usually be accessible to business in a United States to start.
Potential Pricing Problems
But a cost indicate for a use competence be too high for customers, pronounced Jennifer Kent, a comparison researcher with Parks Associates.
“Amazon’s problem will be a pricing model,” Kent told us. “We guess that Amazon sells a e-books for an normal cost of $7.50 each, and many Kindle users usually review one book per month. The intensity marketplace for this comparatively costly subscription service, then, competence be too tiny to means a service.”
Amazon will have foe from other services that already offer total reading plans. Oyster and Scribd both offer identical plans, and have deals with vital publishers such as HarperCollins and Simon Schuster. Neither publisher is creation a books accessible by Kindle Unlimited. Hachette, Macmillan and Penguin, that along with HarperCollins and Simon Schuster paint a 5 largest publishers in a U.S., seem to also be self-denial their books from a service.
Amazon has had problem auxiliary with publishers, and recently intent in a open quarrel with Hachette over a cost of a e-books. Hachette accuses Amazon of loitering shipments of their books or inventory them as taken as it attempted to remove cost concessions from a publisher. The appearance of Kindle Unlimited competence lead to serve conflicts, as Amazon seeks to keep costs down in sequence to make Unlimited affordable.