So I decided to cancel my Kindle Unlimited subscription this month. I wanted to cancel it for a few months now, but I kept on forgetting and then it would get renewed, so I figured just keep it for another month. But there came a point where I just wasn’t using it as much as I initially was, and made the decision to cancel the subscription. Since I made a post when I first had joined Kindle Unlimited, I figured I’d close out my subscription with a final thoughts article, and how I feel about the overall service as a whole.
My biggest thing with cancelling was, the lack of variety in the genres I liked to read. I read fantasy pretty much exclusively, and while there are some fantastic books you can read on the service, I found myself getting less and less interested in titles I downloaded. I’d try to start reading something with an interesting synopses, only to find it was boring or cliché within the first few chapters and it went that way for a long time. I enjoy fairy tale retellings as much as the next fairy tale fan, but the amount of retellings that are not only available on Kindle Unlimited, but that bleed into each other get a little ridiculous. I mean, how many Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White retellings can you read? I enjoyed the ones I read, but that’s just an example of the lack of variety in the fantasy genre after a certain amount of avid reading.
The last thing I enjoyed reading, I wound up purchasing myself. The free titles are massive on Kindle Unlimited, but at the end of the day it wasn’t what I wanted to read because I had read things similar in the genre. Not saying purchased books are innocent of bleeding together with their plots, but I just felt like I’d be better off putting my $9.99 towards a book I actually wanted to read. Which, there are a few titles I was putting off reading because I had access to so many freebies, so I wanted to focus on reading those even if the price point on most of them is the price of the full subscription itself.
The recommendation system eventually wasn’t super helpful either. Like, I went through a span of just getting recommended fairy tale retellings because I had read about 3 of them. I would have liked for Kindle unlimited to be a bit more expansive with their filtering for me – fantasy, romance, adventure, etc etc. I had a hard time looking for things I’d like to read because I got flooded with recommendations of things I wasn’t in the mood to read, and it got a bit frustrating.
At the end of the day, I got major mileage out of Kindle Unlimited. I’m not saying it’s a bad service by any means: I found a ton of my new favorite series’ through using the service. But at the end of the day, looking at the price point of some books in the service made me realize I could just buy those books I want to read, and not pay monthly for the service.
I initially got Kindle Unlimited free for 3 months around Black Friday. There was a sale for half off for the entire year around that time, but I hadn’t tried the service yet so I didn’t give it a go. After using it for half a year, I’d say if that sale happened again I’d just buy the whole year, because I do like the service for what it is: a place full of reads to varying quality, that is good to hunt for hidden gems. When I had nothing to read, I’d always go to Kindle unlimited and browse for a good popcorn read and sometimes be surprised with how good something was. It’s a good service if you like being able to do that and are an avid reader, but as the year went on I just found myself using the service less and less, and wanted to invest my money in reads I knew I’d prefer, with a bit higher quality.
All of that being said, my exact closing thoughts on Kindle unlimited? At the end of the day, I enjoyed the service. Like I said, if I could get a half off sale on a full year, I’d go ahead and do it. As far as it at full price, I think it needs to get more desirable reads to be worth the money. You’d probably be better off with a Scribbed or Audible subscription, and get far more bang for your buck because with those services, it’s quality over quantity. For Kindle Unlimited, it’s the opposite, and after a while that shows. I’ve found some books I’ve loved, rolled my eyes at, and done a bit of both with over my subscription period and for that alone I think the price point should just be a teeny bit lower than it is.
I hope this helped you if you were debating trying Kindle unlimited. It’s honestly all a matter of preference and the genres you read, and how flexible your taste threshold is. I can be entertained by anything if the premise and characters grip me, so I found more things I liked than disliked on the service. However if you really are a picky reader, this service wouldn’t be for you.
Have you tried Kindle Unlimited? Weigh in in the comments below!