Updated: March 22, 2021
This short article is an attempt to compare Prime Reading vs Kindle Unlimited.
Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited are both popular subscription-based services from Amazon. Both services offer access to a large selection of books and magazines for users at a low monthly fee.
People are now more driven towards digital reading, and these two services are offered primarily to those who love books.
Both services allow you to read on any Kindle ebook reader and Amazon Fire or via Kindle app on smartphones and tablets.
Both services allow you to borrow up to 10 titles at a time. You can keep them as long as you wish since there is no due date.
While both services are very similar to what purpose they serve and how customers use them, there are a few differences between them.
Prime Reading is one of the benefits that is included in Amazon Prime membership while Kindle Unlimited is a standalone subscription service separate from Amazon Prime. You can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited whether or not you are an Amazon Prime member. Members of the Amazon Prime program can also subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited.
Another difference is in the number of titles available on each service. Prime Reading offers access to more than a thousand titles while Kindle Unlimited offers access to more than a million titles in a variety of genres, audiobooks, and magazines. While the selection of ebooks included with Prime Reading subscription is limited and drastically smaller than the selection of ebooks included with Kindle Unlimited, it is not unchanging. The overall number of titles does not change but new books are added constantly each month while old ones are moved out of the selection.
Prime Reading vs Kindle Unlimited costs
The costs of Amazon Prime in Canada is $7.99 per month or $79 per year, while the costs of Kindle Unlimited is $9.99 per month. Post-secondary students enrolled in two-year and four-year programs can subscribe to Amazon Prime at a more affordable price than the general public- $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year. Also, students can get six months of a free trial.
Both services offer a free 30-day trial, so if you wish to test the service you can sign up for a 30-day free trial for Amazon Prime and next month for Kindle Unlimited. Then you can compare them and find out which one is a better option for you.