Adventures in Amazon Kindle Unlimited

It is a well known fact that I am a book addict. I don’t deny that fact. Hell, I am pretty proud DSCN0675of it, actually. On average I read about twenty books a month. I know, that is an insane number. And it is a rare occurrence that I don’t finish a book. It has to be REALLY bad for me to stop half-way through a book. We’re talking sentences don’t make sense and simple words misspelled bad.

But there are cons that go along with being a book addict. The biggest one being money. Twenty e-books a month adds up after all. With the holidays coming up my husband and I have been looking for ways to save money, and the first thing that came to my mind was my book addiction (my Starbucks addiction was the second thing). I knew I wouldn’t be able to give up books all together. Let’s not be crazy here. But I knew I had to do something.

I was thinking about this as I was about to buy a new book (hey, knowing I had to do something and actually doing it are two different things). I was ready to press “Buy Now” on “Kissing Mr. Right” by Michelle Major when I noticed the button that I’ve passed over so many times before “Read for Free.” Hell yeah, I want to read for free!

Of course, as we all know, free doesn’t really mean free. But close enough in this case ($9.95 a month). I figured, what the hell. I’ll give Kindle Unlimited a whirl, the worst that can happen is I end up canceling it because I don’t use it.

But oh boy did I end up using it. I used the hell out of that thing. And oh man the money I saved! How much money you ask? Well in September I read (and bought) thirty books (stop judging!) totaling about $140 (don’t tell my husband). In October I read thirty-one books, eighteen of which which were from Kindle Unlimited (two were on sale for free). I spent $57 on books, and it was a free trial month for Unlimited. That’s right, I saved almost $83. I’ll take that any day.giphy

But then I started feeling guilty. Was I shortchanging my fellow romance authors (especially indie authors) by primarily reading their books on Amazon Kindle? As it turns out, not necessarily. I asked around on Facebook and found out, depending on how long the book is, the author might actually be getting more money from Unlimited purchases vs straight up buying the book. How does that work? Well the writer of a book gets paid per page read (it is more complicated than that, but I don’t know exactly how the formula works). So if the book is long enough, and I read the whole thing, they get more money. I don’t know if any of the books I read were long enough to make that happen, but I really hope they were.

There was only one downfall for Unlimited in my book (haha, get it). Obviously some of the bigger authors that I love aren’t on unlimited, people like Bella Andre, Colleen Hoover, and Lorelei James. Doesn’t mean I’m not still going to buy their books, but they will be my special treats instead of the norm (although at this rate I will never make it through the whole Rough Riders series).

Now after reading through this whole post I feel like should mention, Amazon didn’t ask me to write this post. I just thought it was kinda interesting.

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