Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month

I am very intrigued – and worried – by this post from Laura Hazard Owen. It seems that Amazon may be planning to offer a subscription service called ‘Kindle Unlimited’. The relevant pages have now been taken down, but it seems as if the service will offer access to over 600,000 titles. From a reader point of view, this sounds possibly exciting; but as a self-published author, I wonder how this will impact books (and writers) who are not chosen to be part of that service.
It will be interesting to see what Amazon is planning.

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Amazon(s AMZN) is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” Most of the test pages were pulled down Wednesday after some users on the Kindle Boards noticed them, but they are still available through Google Cache and some are still live on Amazon’s site.

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Amazon’s service, which has been rumored for a couple of months, would compete with existing ebook subscription services Scribd and Oyster. Publishers Lunch reported last month that Amazon was speaking to U.S. publishers about participating in such a service.

One page, still active at the time of this post and titled “KU Test,” shows 638,416 available titles, and you can browse through them. Among them are many books from Amazon’s publishing imprints, and many books that were already available through Amazon’s

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