Kindle Unlimited is now live for customers in the U.S..
And there’s bad news for some people, including me, in the Terms of Service:
We only accept credit cards for payment of your membership fees. Please do not sign up for the program with a debit card. Also known as a “check” or “ATM” card, a debit card typically has the word “debit” printed on the face of the card.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Well that sucks. I was hoping I’d be able to buy a $10 Amazon Gift Card, have a binge-read for the month, then not have to pay for the months I wasn’t using it.
It isn’t like Amazon not to want all the money.
And yet I can understand why they’re doing that. As they explain here:
You can keep up to ten books at a time and there are no due dates.
So in some respects, it’s like — dare I say it? — a public library. But without due dates — because they’ve tied it to your credit card and you’re paying to park those books in your device until you’ve read them and, again like a public library, returned them.
Still, why can’t they offer Monthly Kindle Unlimited? With the books automagically going Poof! after 30 days? Perhaps that will come next.