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I’m the first to admit that I spend a lot of money at Amazon. It’s my favorite source for ebooks. I know that Apple has iBooks, and most books are the same price from both sources, but try as I might, I’ve never been able to warm up to the iBooks app. Granted, the Kindle app has had a few glitches along the way, but it’s still a more pleasant reading experience for me. And yes, I also have a Kindle Paperwhite ereader.

When Amazon started their Prime service, one of the incentives was to let you “borrow” one book a month from a select library. Last week they announced a new lending library service, Kindle Unlimited. You can borrow up to 10 books at a time, with no monthly limit, for $9.99 a month. Keep the books as long as you like as long as you keep your subscription. They are currently offering a library of 600,000 titles, and yes, there are best selling authors in there. Additionally, if the book has an audiobook version with Whispersync, you might be able to grab the audio version too. For the audio version, you’ll need either the Audible app or the Kindle app, so you won’t be able to listen with an iPod nano or shuffle or any other MP3 player. For those books that won’t give you automatic free access to the Whispersync companion, they do let you buy the audio version at a substantial discount, just like they do when you actually buy the ebook. That I can live with. And in case you haven’t noticed, the Kindle app now allows you to download the Whispersync audio version and switch back and forth within the app. But be aware. If you download the audio version with the Kindle app, the Audible app won’t see it. Ditto if you download via the Audible app. Two steps forward, one step back.

Amazon is currently offering a free 30-day trial, but bundled with it is a free Audible trial subscription. Even if you are already an Audible subscriber, follow the link in the email you receive welcoming you to Kindle Unlimited and you’ll get 1 extra credit. Keep it for 2 more months and get 2 more credits. Thank you, Amazon. And yes, in case you didn’t know, Amazon also owns Audible. If you don’t read ebooks but prefer audiobooks, 3 Audible credits for under 20 bucks is a bargain, worth the subscription.

And now for my new favorite video: Word Crimes


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