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Old 05-11-2023, 10:09 PM   #1
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Kindle Unlimited Price Hike

Announced in an email this morning:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for being a Kindle Unlimited member.

We are writing to let you know that the price of a monthly Kindle Unlimited membership increased from $9.99 to $11.99 on May 11, 2023. The new price will apply to you after June 18, 2023, on the date of your next monthly renewal.

Since the launch of Kindle Unlimited in 2014, we have grown our eBook catalog from 600,000 titles to over 4 million titles today, introduced digital magazine subscriptions, and improved selection quality across genres. Kindle Unlimited members have unparalleled access to read as much as they want from a rich catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and comics. We continue to invest in making Kindle Unlimited even more valuable for members.

Until July 31, 2023, you have the option to lock in your current price ($9.99/month) by purchasing upfront 6 months or 12 months of Kindle Unlimited. The lock-in price will take effect on the next billing date after the offer is purchased.


Decisions, decisions. It was already difficult choosing enough books on the service to read each month.
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Old 05-12-2023, 07:51 AM   #2
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That's a lot of money for books that overall aren't very good and tend to be cheap to purchase. I thought that about $9.99 also, but going over $10 crosses a psychological barrier. You could join a couple of out-of-state OverDrive libraries and still have money left over.
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Old 05-12-2023, 08:11 AM   #3
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Old 05-12-2023, 08:56 AM   #4
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Those who want to continue using Kindle Unlimited may be interested in giving themselves a gift subscription to KU. That provides a significant saving with the drawback of having to pre-pay.

The best deal is 24 months for $172.66 which works out to $7.19 per month.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:00 AM   #5
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I received the same email message this morning
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Announced in an email this morning:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for being a Kindle Unlimited member.

We are writing to let you know that the price of a monthly Kindle Unlimited membership increased from $9.99 to $11.99 on May 11, 2023. The new price will apply to you after June 18, 2023, on the date of your next monthly renewal.

Since the launch of Kindle Unlimited in 2014, we have grown our eBook catalog from 600,000 titles to over 4 million titles today, introduced digital magazine subscriptions, and improved selection quality across genres. Kindle Unlimited members have unparalleled access to read as much as they want from a rich catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and comics. We continue to invest in making Kindle Unlimited even more valuable for members.

Until July 31, 2023, you have the option to lock in your current price ($9.99/month) by purchasing upfront 6 months or 12 months of Kindle Unlimited. The lock-in price will take effect on the next billing date after the offer is purchased.


Decisions, decisions. It was already difficult choosing enough books on the service to read each month.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:06 AM   #6
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Those who want to continue using Kindle Unlimited may be interested in giving themselves a gift subscription to KU. That provides a significant saving with the drawback of having to pre-pay.

The best deal is 24 months for $172.66 which works out to $7.19 per month.
I'm quibbling, but that's the only gift subscription deal. The six- and 12-month KU gifts work out to the current renewal price of $9.99/month.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:15 AM   #7
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I hope they continue the Prime Day gift subscription. Otherwise, I would be paying almost twice as much per month.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:17 AM   #8
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I'm quibbling, but that's the only gift subscription deal. The six- and 12-month KU gifts work out to the current renewal price of $9.99/month.
Which is $2/month cheaper than the cost will be if you don't buy yourself a gift subscription, right?
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:20 AM   #9
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I'll be paying for 12 months before the price hike hits my membership. I've been going through 3-5 KU books per week when I'm working on sewing projects. Between KU and the library, I've always got something to read/listen to via speak screen.

Most of the books are not great literature, but that's ok for my casual reads.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:29 AM   #10
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Which is $2/month cheaper than the cost will be if you don't buy yourself a gift subscription, right?
Not if you renew now, as per the email.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:40 AM   #11
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I'm quibbling, but that's the only gift subscription deal. The six- and 12-month KU gifts work out to the current renewal price of $9.99/month.
About $144 per year. I might or might not buy that amount from Amazon in a year. I'd want to read about two or three "free" KU ebooks a week to justify that. Likely cost more here.

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Old 05-12-2023, 10:40 AM   #12
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Most of the books are not great literature, but that's ok for my casual reads.
I wasn't knocking the quality -- well, ok, I was -- but there's nothing wrong with that. As you note, it can work. I did two complimentary KU memberships because there are a lot of self-pubbed books (and not a lot of trad-pubbed) in a genre I like. The reality was that my reading satisfaction overall went down significantly, even though I DNFed the worst of them. Just the same, I was glad to have read the books; still, my gut reaction is that $144/year is a lot of money for not-very-good books even in quantity. Your point, however, about making use of Alexa to read KU books is excellent and could tip the balance.
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Old 05-12-2023, 10:49 AM   #13
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Now I'm thinking of Sally Struthers pleading with me to donate to help Amazon's worthy cause.
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Old 05-12-2023, 12:24 PM   #14
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And, of course, we all know that this increase in the subscription price will be passed on to the authors.


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Old 05-12-2023, 01:10 PM   #15
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For me, $9.99 per month was too much given my slow reading speed. I acknowledge Amazon's efforts here, but unfortunately $11.99 is still too much. I'll wait until they hit at least $15.99 per month before I reconsider.
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