Last month, we heard about Amazon’s plans to launch its ‘all-you-can-read’ subscription service in India. Today, the company has launched Kindle Unlimited, with prices starting at Rs 199 per month. As an introductory offer though, those opting for the service this month will only have to pay Rs 99.
Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in July last year, and it is essentially a subscription-based model that lets users read books or listen to audiobooks by paying a monthly fee. While audiobooks are not a part of the service in India, Amazon has included a lot of books from Indian authors.
While prices for one month subscriptions start at Rs 199 per month, users will also be able to subscribe for extended periods. One can pay Rs 999 at a go for six months (at Rs 166.50 per month), or Rs 1,799 for 12 months (at Rs 149.92 per month).
These prices are considerably cheaper than the Kindle Unlimited subscription rates in the US — $9.99 a month or Rs 660 approximately. This isn’t the first service where there is such a huge difference in subscription prices. Prices for Apple Music start from Rs 120 per month for individual accounts, or Rs 190 per month for a family account. In comparison, users in the US have to pay $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for a family account.
Amazon says that you can “borrow” books from a range of genres, including literature, fiction, health, productivity, business and economics, biographies, and children books among others. You will find books from Indian authors including, Chetan Bhagat’s Half girlfriend and Making India Awesome, Amish’s Immortals of Meluha, Preeti Shenoy’s The One You Cannot Have, and Robin Sharma’s Monk Who Sold His Ferrari to name a few.
Kindle Unlimited in India is however plagued with the same issue as its international counterparts. A quick look at the books available as a part of the service, and you won’t find many of the bestsellers. The likes of the Harry Potter series, or for that matter John Grisham’s Gray Mountain, Dan Brown’s Inferno, or Ashwin Sanghi’s Chanakya’s Chant are not a part of this service.
While on paper borrowing up to 10 books at a time for just Rs 199 per month is a great deal for book lovers, it will be interesting to see how many opt for it considering the list of missing books.