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Link Du Jour: Kindle Unlimited from All Sides

Amazon is now offering Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can-read e-book service that will cost 9.99 per month.

Kindle Unlimited is stirring up all sorts of reactions online:

Huffington Post says what I was thinking: this is sort of a glorified library card

On the flip side, Tom Worstall thinks the UK should ditch libraries and give everyone a Kindle Unlimited subscription

David Byrne worries about what unlimited services will mean for creators

The Washington Post wonders if it’s worth it, and crunches some numbers to find out

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Thanks for putting this collection of info together. The creator side really worries me, but we’ll have to wait and find out…

  2. I crunched some of my own numbers on Twitter on Monday. I looked at 80 titles that were all books I have checked out, on hold, returned last week, or were library books I’ve read since January. They were a mix of print and e-reading (on my Kindle) Titles ranging from Orange is the New Black to Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics to Dragons Love Tacos. None were available on KindleUnlimited. (5 weren’t even available on Kindle) Looking at this week’s NYT’s bestseller combined print/ebook fiction list http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2014-07-27/combined-print-and-e-book-fiction/list.html only 1 is available on Kindle, and it’s a self-pub. So….