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Amazon reportedly launching ‘Kindle Unlimited’ in India, prices to start at Rs 199 per month

Amazon India it seems it planning on launching its subscription-based book reading service in India. Called ‘Kindle Unlimited’, the service is apparently set to be launched as early as next week.

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Amazon India it seems it planning on launching its subscription-based book reading service in India. Called ‘Kindle Unlimited’, the service is apparently set to be launched as early as next week. 

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. Amazon boasts that users will be able to choose from ‘over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks’.

NDTVGadgets reports that the subscription prices for Indian users will start from Rs 199 per month. This is considerably lower than the US subscription rate, which is $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.

If Amazon indeed brings Kindle Unlimited to India next week at the aforementioned price, it will be a huge boon for book lovers. Even if you are not a heavy reader, paying just Rs 199 for practically unlimited number of books still makes much more sense than buying each book for much more.

But the service’s value also depends upon what books are made available for its users. One of the issues reported about it is that many of the bestsellers are missing from Kindle Unlimited. For example, a look at the top-selling books on Amazon in the Mysteries and Thrillers list include John Grisham’s Gray Mountain, Dan Brown’s Inferno, and Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow to name a few. But on Kindle Unlimited, the top-selling books in this genre include less-known books like Robert Masello’s The Einstein’s Prophecy, Mark Edwards’ Follow you Home, and Andrew Peterson’s First to Kill among others.

It will be interesting to see what books Amazon India includes in Kindle Unlimited, especially when it comes to books written by Indian authors.

  • Published Date: August 26, 2015 5:37 PM IST
  • Updated Date: August 26, 2015 6:02 PM IST