Kindle Unlimited Vs. Prime Reading 2018

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All of you has been offered an additional reading option since Amazon launched a new service called Prime Reading in October 2016. Before this service, the most popular reading program of Amazon is Kindle Unlimited subscription. It’s been two years since Amazon started this program. What exactly are the differences between Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading? Kindle Unlimted vs. Prime Reading, which is your taste? Here I will compare the main features of these two reading programs to help you select the one fit you best.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading?

Before the comparison, I have collected the frequently asked questions about Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading to help you know more clearly about these two services.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Kindle Unlimited?

A: Kindle unlimited is a reading program introduced by Amazon which allows you read as much as you want.

Q: What is Prime Reading?

A: Prime Reading is an exclusive service for Prime members only. It is a part of Amazon’s multi-benefit subscription service called Amazon Prime.

Q: Does Amazon prime include kindle unlimited?

A: Kindle Unlimited is a standalone ebook subscription service which is separate from Amazon prime.

Q: Is there any other Amazon reading program?

A: Yes, besides Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading, Amazon also offer Amazon First Reads and Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

2. Detailed Comparison of Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading

To compare these two services, I have listed the important features of these two services at below table.

Kindle Unlimited
Prime Reading
$12.99/Month or $119/Year for Amazon Prime, not only Prime Reading
What you can access?
You are able to access to 1.5 million Kindle books and magazines. Thousands of them comes with narrated Audible audiobooks which enables you switch back and forth between eBook and audiobooks.

You can access over 1000 titles of hot Kindle books, popular magazines, and comics. These 1000 titles are updated periodically. What's more, dozens of these books are available with Audible narration which mean you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening.

Selections of books

Most of the titles are self-published by new writers and authors. It is lack of titles from big publishing houses, like Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, or Simon & Schuster. That means you won't find many best sellers or popular books among these titles.

All titles are selected by editors, including best sellers, popular and highly recommended books from trusted publishing houses.
Numbers of books you can borrow each month
Numbers of books you can keep
10 titles at one time
10 titles at one time
Compatible devices & apps
Kindle eReaders, Fire tablets, Kindle for iOS/Android
Kindle eReaders, Fire tablets, Kindle for iOS/Android
Available Countries
USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, India, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and Austalia
Free Trial
30 Days


Note: Prime Reading, as a part of Amazon Prime subscription service, is not the only service that you will received via Amazon Prime. Beyond Prime Reading, as an Amazon Prime members, you can enjoy all the following services.
1. Fast delivery speed-- Two-day shipping in all USA, One-day shipping in selected areas, Same-day delivery in selected areas.
2. More ways to shop & save--Enjoy special deals for Prime members.
3. Prime videos, music and free unlimited photo storage, ect..
4. Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Kindle First, Audible channels are also available for Prime members.

3. Conclusion--Which Program is Better for You

After the comparison of these two reading programs, it’s time to analyze your reading habits or your purchase habits to select the right service for yourself.

If you purchase a lot from Amazon websites, then you should really consider the Amazon Prime, it gives you so many benefits besides the Prime Reading.

If you are always seeking for something new or innovative, Kindle unlimited is a good choice as they offers many books from non-famous authors. If you only want read the best sellers and follow up the mainstream publications, then go to Prime Reading.

If you want more than ebooks, but music and videos, get Amazon prime. You can even save your money one Spotify and Netfix.

If you are not live in the USA, you can not choose Amazon prime as it is only available in America.

What's your choice? You are welcome to write your own option in the following comments and share us the reason that you make the decision.

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01/19/2019 02:51:12
Evidently if you have BOTH Amazing Prime and Kindle Unlimited, you are still only allowed 10 books at a time.
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