Amazon appears to be testing ebook subscription service

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It seems that Amazon is preparing to give readers something to get excited about – a Netflix-style digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with access to a potential library of more than 600,000 titles for about £6 a month.


The discovery was first reported by the news site GigaOm. Amazon has since deleted the details, but they are still cached at Google.

It appears that the Kindle Unlimited service will cost $9.99 (£5.84) a month and includes Kindle exclusives as well as titles from mainstream publishers.

Amazon already offers ebook rentals as part of Amazon Prime, but users can only take out one book a month, and can only read those books on Amazon devices such as Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire tablets.

Kindle Unlimited would apparently be available on all devices–including iPads and Android tablets, and would have no reading limits.

GigaOM says that the Amazon service would compete with existing ebook subscription services from Scribd and Oyster.

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