Amazon is testing a service called “Kindle Unlimited” that would give subscribers unlimited access to both e-books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month.
Gigaom reported today (though Amazon will neither confirm nor deny it) that the e-commerce giant posted several test pages for the service on its site today, then quickly pulled them down.
If the “KU Test” books on Amazon’s site today are included in Amazon’s new subscription service, Amazon will wind up as the largest eBook subscription service in the world. Rival Sribd has 400,000 titles, Oyster has 500,000. Both Scribd and Oyster, however, have contracts with major publishers like HarperCollins, while Amazon has been antagonizing the “big 6” publishers lately over pricing.
According to Publisher’s Lunch, Amazon has been in negotiations with several publishers about how the new service would affect pricing.
Book blogs and forums have been hinting at an upcoming kindle unlimited service for the last few months, but up until now an Amazon e-book subscription service was just a rumor. Amazon’s Prime service currently allows users to borrow one book each month free. How will this affect self-published authors who use Amazon’s Kindle Direct Program? Until Amazon supplies details about the Kindle Unlimited program, KDP authors will have to watch and wait.