Saturday, 27 January 2018
Kindle Unlimited and the Book Buying embargo.
Anybody use Kindle Unlimited?
Do you find it useful?
Value for money?
See, I'm now on my second stint of KU membership, but I'm not convinced it's worth it for I don't feel I use it that much.
However, I decided to do some maths.
During Kindle Unlimited Stint 1, I had it for nine months and read a grand total of twenty-one books.
Now, I'm not a mathematician, but:
9 x £7.99 = £71.91.
21 x £2.99 = £80.73.
I actually saved money using KU.
This shocked me.
Now, I know that the £2.99 is a bit generous on the book prices, for many of the KU books were only 99p but I'm still appeased over the cost/benefit profile of it, even if it didn't seem like I was saving at the time.
I decided to look at the numbers from Stint 2, which began in October. They are as follows:
4x £7.99 = £31.96
6x £2.99 = 17.94
The past four months, I'd have been waaay better off just buying the books.
I am less appeased.
I am not going to cancel.
I'm going to set myself a challenge.
You see, I'm buying a house this year - should move around late Spring - and therefore I'm penny-pinching like crazy but I still have a book habit to feed.
£7.99 a month seems like a good book budget...
So, I'm going to see if I can make KU REALLY work for me.
These are my rules between now and the end of Summer (i.e. when I'll have moved and settled into my new house.)
NO BUYING BOOKS outwith the current giftcard balance on my amazon account.
There are some books that are not - and never will be - available on KU and I need them.
For example, Kate Daniels book 10!
Therefore this allowance seems reasonable.
Considering I have £55 left over from Christmas, I should hopefully, maybe, be okay until September...
If I'm super mean to myself.
And I will be because, house!
Explore as many new authors on KU as I possibly can.
KU is a great opportunity to seek new favourites.
To try new styles and new genres...
There are entire series of books available on KU and how awesome a book binge would it be to start one and 1-click yourself silly as you tear through them all without worrying about your bank balance?
Not being 'allowed' to turn to my go-to authors has the potential to open up whole new worlds and that's exciting!
It's also comforting to know some of my go-to authors also, occasionally, put a book or two on KU so hopefully, I won't miss out too much.
I am allowed to 1-click FREE books.
It'd be rude not to if there is a really good sounding one and it isn't detrimental to the house buying, penny-pinching, agenda... Much. Unless it's the first book in a series, and it's awesome, and I need the next one immediately.
In this case, I'll probably cry and then look at pictures of my house-to-be to try console (*cough* control) myself.
Maybe, if I'm super lucky, any potential follow-on books will be available on KU...
If KU fails, work through the HUGE pile of books I own but have never read.
I've written about this before... There are hundreds. Literally hundreds... I feel shame.
It's going to be super challenging to stick to this, and I don't have much willpower, so, wish me luck?!
I'll try and remember to update on my progress.