Kindle Unlimited was launched in July 2014 and it quickly became a leading contender in the e-book subscription provider race. At the time of the Kindle Unlimited launch, the Scribd and Oyster services were already up and running. So what are the main differences and is Amazon going to rule this segment of the e-book market like it is in every other sector?
Kindle Unlimited Breakdown – $9.99 per month – One Month Free Trial
Pros: This service boasts a selection of over 700,00 titles, by far the largest in the market. Kindle unlimited also offers thousands of audio books which allow you to bounce in between reading and listening your e-book. Obviously, this service is compatible with all Kindle devices and by using the available Kindle apps, you can read your books on iOs, Android, Blackberry and other tablets and computers.
Cons: Even though the Kindle Unlimited service has the largest selection of books, it doesn’t include books from the Big 5 publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin Random House. If you are already a Prime customer, many of the books will already be available to you.
Sribd Breakdown – $8.99 per month – One Month Free Trial
Pros: The San Fransisco based business offers 500,000 books from over 900 publishers, and like Amazon, they have apps for the iOs, Android, Windows devices and the Kindle Fire. Scribd also offers books from HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, as well as giving you access to Lonely Planet guides and reference books from Wiley.
Cons: Scribd doesn’t include any audio books with their subscription.
Oyster Breakdown – $9.95 per month – One Month Free Trial
Pros: Oyster comes with over 500,000 e-books and you can use their service on Apple and Android devices, Kindle Fire and the Nook HD. They also have a deal with one of the notable smaller publishers McSweeney’s and Rodale.
Cons: Like Scribd, Oyster doesn’t come with any audio books.
Which on is the best?
Based on what we know, its difficult to choose the best one. The good thing is, they all come with a one month trial so you can see which one has the type of books you like to read before you join.
One thing to bear in mind that if Amazons dispute with the Big 5 publishers is settled, Kindle Unlimited will have the largest selection of e-books and the most convenient service.