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July 23, 2014

Can Kindle Unlimited Stave Off the Death of Reading?

kindle Kindle recently announced the launching of its brand new Kindle Unlimited which offers avid readers the opportunity to read and listen to as many books as they want for the reasonable price of $9.99 per month. In layman terms…it’s a bit like a monthly book buffet. This can sound like a great option for those who think they can make it through several books per month, but if recent statistics have any say in the matter, it seems that most of us simply don’t have the time. Data released just last month showed that the typical American is now working more than ever (around 8 hours per day on weekdays and 6 per day on weekends). Add to that the fact that most of us spend an average of 2.8 hours per day watching television, another hour socializing (both online and in person), and a mere 4 minutes to an hour of reading per weekend day, and things indeed begin to appear a bit grim. tv But the potential death of reading isn’t the only issue Kindle Unlimited will face when trying to get people on board with paying close to ten bucks a month for access to 600,000 books. The bottom line is that the overall cost of $120 per year just may not be worth it if you have admittance to free library systems (as most people do). And, although $9.99 is only a fraction of what you would normally spend purchasing a single book, people need to take into consideration that not all big publishers are onboard with Kindle Unlimited, so you won’t be getting any of the big, new releases included in the membership just yet. In truth, it seems unlikely that anyone beyond the most avid bibliophiles would be able to get full use out of the new Kindle Unlimited system, but, as it’s still a new concept, it’ll be interesting to see how it develops and whether or not people will be willing to join just for the convenience of accessing a library without leaving the house. That being said, Kindle Unlimited will hopefully go a long way towards helping people get interested, and invested, in reading. After all, when you’re paying for a service, you’re much more likely to use it, right? Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think. Is this a service you’ll consider using? Let us know yes or no, and why! Happy reading! :)