Give the Gift of Reading with… Kindle Unlimited

Gift Kindle


Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

Print books make for great gifts, but did you know that you can gift e-books, too? It’s easy to gift e-books to recipients in the same country. Click the following link to read Misha Burnett’s article and learn how:

Note that gifting a Kindle is more of a suggestion. The reality is that the customer can buy anything on Amazon with that gift, not necessarily the book that is linked to it. (Though not all customers realize this.) This can be a good thing, in case you gift someone a book he or she really isn’t interested in.

But what’s better than gifting a book?

Gifting a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, of course!

Type Kindle Unlimited in the search field at Amazon’s home page. The first match in the search results is Amazon’s ad for Kindle Unlimited. The rightmost link in the ad is called, Gift Kindle Unlimited.

You can select a membership duration of 6 months, 12 months, or 24 months. The cost is $9.99 per month.

The recipient gets to read unlimited books from a collection of 700,000 books. This includes KDP Select books along with about 100,000 books from smaller traditional publishers, including some popular titles like The Hunger Games. Instead of clicking Gift Kindle Unlimited in my instructions above, click Browse the Catalog to see some of the more popular Kindle Unlimited titles.

It’s not necessary to have a Kindle device to read Kindle Unlimited books. There are Kindle apps to help read from tablets, pc’s, laptops, or smart phones, for example.

Authors, if your books are in KDP Select, it might be in your advantage to spread the word about the Kindle Unlimited gift option. Who knows, if the recipient discovers that it was your idea, maybe they will check out your books. At the very least, KDP Select authors should like to have more Kindle Unlimited customers.

Chris McMullen

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15 comments on “Give the Gift of Reading with… Kindle Unlimited

    • Yep. I’ve been reading even more than usual, which is hard to do, since I got my KU subscription. I’ve had my subscription since it came out, but still haven’t started reading any less. (A good thing, I believe.)

    • Most books not in Select aren’t in Kindle Unlimited, but there are about 100,000 traditionally published books in Kindle Unlimited. Some small traditional publishers agreed to a deal with Amazon to include their books. Harry Potter, for example, was included, though the Big 5 books aren’t in it.

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