Prime members can select up to 10 titles from over 1,000 carefully curated magazines, books, comics, and Kindle Singles. Kindle Unlimited books contained well over 1.4 Million titles when Amazon last provided an exact number of products in each product category (late 2018). Want to know more about the differences between prime reading vs kindle unlimited? Read on to learn more.
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon’s subscription service Kindle Unlimited has been in existence since July 2014. The service works in the same way as Netflix for movies and Spotify for music.
Unlimited access to Kindle allowed unlimited access when this article was written to more than 1.5 million titles. This includes hundreds of thousands in foreign languages.
This includes books and comic books, audiobooks, and popular magazines (think Outdoor Life and Parents or Popular Science).
- Comic Books
- Popular Magazines
- And.. regular Books
There are many genres of books, including romance, finance, and science.
Many of these books also include an Audible audiobook narration. Whispersync can be used to read a book from the same page as you were listening to, or vice versa.
You’ll discover writing styles, genres, and authors you didn’t know about by focusing on independent authors.
Kindle Unlimited is the ideal way to read beyond the genres and authors you are familiar with. It allows you to get out of your comfort zone and still enjoy classics.
What is Prime Reading?
Prime Reading is available for free as a trial or for paid Amazon Prime members. This includes Prime Student members.
Amazon Prime members can browse and read over a thousand eBooks and magazines.
Prime Reading is similar to Kindle Unlimited and offers books that can be borrowed for free with Audible narration.
You can now seamlessly switch between audiobooks and read them on your phone.
It is basically “Kindle Limited” and offers a reduced catalog of Unlimited program content.
Prime Reading Vs Kindle Unlimited
Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited, both available on Amazon, are geared towards heavy readers. As you might wonder (as I did), why are there two distinct programs? I will try to clarify what readers need to understand about Prime Reading vs. Kindle Unlimited.
The Similarities Between Prime Reading Vs Kindle Unlimited
To be honest, Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited are almost identical in terms of their functionality and how they can be used. You can use either one.
- You can access a wide range of Kindle books, audiobooks, and magazines
- Any Amazon device or Kindle App
- You can do it as often as you like, without any restrictions.
This post on how Kindle Unlimited functions provide additional details about the logistics of using Kindle Unlimited. It will also apply to Prime Reading (“Prime Reading” can often be found right under “Kindle Unlimited” when browsing or in the menus).
The Differences Between Prime Reading Vs Kindle Unlimited
Let’s now discuss what makes Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited different. There are two main differences between these two services.
Amazon Prime is the first. Prime Reading is one of many benefits that Amazon Prime offers. Amazon Prime memberships are available for $119 per year. Annual membership costs $119, while a monthly membership costs $12.99. On the other hand, Kindle Unlimited is a standalone subscription service that can be purchased regardless of whether you are a Prime member. Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 per month and is a monthly program.
You can get a trial for Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited. This allows you to test them both before you decide which one is best for you.
The second difference and this is the most important of the two, is what titles are available for each service. Prime Reading allows you to access a little more than 1,000 titles, which rotate out every few weeks. Kindle Unlimited allows you to access over 1,000,000 titles. Prime Reading titles are only a small part of the Kindle Unlimited collection.
More On Amazon Prime Related Benefits
Prime Reading is only one benefit of Amazon Prime. Here’s more information about Prime members.
Amazon First Reads is another Amazon Prime benefit. Each month, you can select from six titles that are soon released and download a free Kindle ebook.
Amazon First Reads and Prime Reading can be shared with your family members using the Amazon Household feature.