No À La Carte For Kindle Unlimited

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.

Previously here:

Kindle Unlimited Leaked

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4 responses to “No À La Carte For Kindle Unlimited

  1. Keishon

    Until KU mystery selection has more to it than a bunch of self-published ebooks, I’ll stick with Oyster. Also, I can’t help but compare them. Oyster offers 7 day trial and KU offers 30 day trial. KU has 600, 000 titles while Oyster has 500,000. You can “check out” up to ten titles on both I think and both are the same price. I don’t like audiobooks so that feature is meaningless to me. KU has graphic novels and such, I own a lot of those already so no biggie to skip those, too.

    I see no reason to jump ship unless they increase publisher participation. But then why would they strike a deal with the evil Amazon when they can go to Oyster to help bolster their catalog and give them an edge competitively? if they like the subscription service and business model. Wishful thinking but that’s what I would like to see happen.

    All of this is to say that I’m pulling for Oyster because I’m sick of Amazon being everywhere and I’m not a Amazon hater just in case someone might label me one. I’ll be happy if they both can exist.

    • mikecane

      I haven’t investigated Oyster. I suppose you must use an app on a tablet? Doesn’t work with an eInk device?

      • Keishon

        Oyster, I believe are tablet apps only (if that was the question). Also, they are now changing their 7 day trial to 30 days and now offer their subscription service at $9.95/month since the KU announcement. I misspoke above.

  2. Oyster is available only in US… so far!

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