Recently I’ve spent many days bedridden through pain and exhaustion from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. These days can be very frustrating and boring if you don’t have anything to occupy you. This was when I discovered Kindle Unlimited books.
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About 6 weeks ago I decided to sign up for a free trial of Amazon Kindle unlimited as my number of ‘sofa days’ was increasing. I wasn’t really sure that I would get my money’s worth from a subscription but as the first month was free I thought why not give it a go and see how much I would actually use it?
Well amazingly I must have read between 22 and 26 books within that first 4 week free trial and all of that of course would be a mere £7.99 per month if I subscribed. Now I think that is a bargain!
However, not all books are available on Amazon Kindle unlimited. You need to be aware of this but generally speaking the older books and the cheaper books are available but not the new releases. You still have to pay for those as usual so I guess I’ll be mixing and matching using Kindle unlimited and buying my favourite authors new releases because I can’t miss them. 😉 Can you tell that I’m an avid reader!
I used Kindle unlimited a lot by trying out books that I wouldn’t normally have purchased because sometimes you just don’t want to pay the price and be let down. I tend not to take the risk. But when it’s all included in a monthly subscription you can download as many as you like (10 at any one time) and see whether you do like the books or not.
The main thing I used Kindle unlimited for was reference books. At the moment I’m doing an awful lot of research and learning how to build websites and so on, so I’m downloading a lot of reference books to help me learn new skills. I’m trying to stop my brain from dying! If you are learning new skills and hobbies then this might really benefit you. It could be really beneficial for students who are studying a particular subject as well.
Don’t forget as well that you can share a subscription through a household as long as you all sign into the same Kindle account. For instance, hubby, Missy and I all use the same Kindle account. You can’t read the same book at the same time but that’s fine because generally speaking we don’t want to anyway. But you can definitely get your money’s worth from Kindle unlimited if you do share accounts as a household.
At first I was really sceptical when I found out that I couldn’t download the latest releases of my favourite authors but I have to say after trying the free trial I really have gotten well more than my money’s worth out of this and I will be continuing with my subscription for the foreseeable future. I think I’m sounding a little obsessed! Maybe the word should be impressed.
Having all these books to hand has really been a godsend lately because I’ve been laid up at home and in hospital. eBooks are ideal for those of us who have chronic illnesses. We can load a few books ready to take to hospital appointments or GP appointments. My Kindle and tablet fit nicely in my handbag. Or we can simply have them waiting for us for when we are having a sofa day and we need some rest time.
Often our bodies need to relax and but our brains just need a little bit of stimulation to stave off the boredom. Reading is ideal for this. The other thing I like about the Kindle is that it’s quite light and doesn’t hurt my hands to hold it and of course you can also use the Kindle app on your tablet as well or even your phone if you find a tablet is too heavy for you.
There’s a new Kindle Oasis due out end of the month.
It’s hard to believe that I didn’t want a Kindle in the beginning and it was actually bought for me a few years ago by my parents. My house is full of bookcases and books, and I really didn’t have much space for any more. My mum raved about the Kindle she had as you don’t need to store books any more. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the feel of an actual paperback book, the smell of the musty pages, lovely! But the Kindle really has opened up a lot of doors for me as well being able to download a book at the touch of a button without having to go to the book store or to wait for delivery from Amazon.
I recently upgraded to the Galaxy Tab A as it has a larger 10 inch screen and is quite square compared to other 10 inch screens. I use my tablets for a LOT of things, including social media, blogging, banking, photo editing, games and of course reading from various sources. It makes sense for me to use my tablet for Kindle as well as I only have to take one device into hospital with me then. It suits my needs. However, your needs might well be different. Newer Kindles do have internet capability but I haven’t tried that out as I have an older version.
As a side note, I did try a cheaper British made 10 inch tablet before going back to Samsung but sadly it really didn’t suit me and I sent it back. The screen definition wasn’t good enough and it triggered migraines in me as well as being hard to read from. Missy also had another make of tablet that we had to send back, not once but twice. She also has a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 now. I know they are more expensive but we have found repeatedly that they are far better than the other tablet makes we have tried and we always go back to them. If you do try any of these devices and they don’t suit you, don’t be afraid to send them back. I’ve never had any problems with companies when I’ve done this.
What versions of Kindle have you tried? Or which devices do you like? Please feel free to let me (and others) know in the comments.