Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far.
So I have a confession to make. My new addiction is buying ebooks and their audio together. That way I get to read it physically while listening to someone read it out to me. It all feels very luxurious, to be honest. I tried listening to audiobooks but found that I was missing looking at the actual words. And so I would go ahead and read the ebooks after having listened to the audiobook. Needless to say, this was taking too much time. I tried doing both at the same time and found my happy place. There are ways to make this work on a budget though. I would usually buy books that are less than £2 and cost £2.66 to add the audio, whereas a regular audiobook would cost £7.99 (much more than the book and audio combo deal). I am finding the experience extremely enjoyable. I was wondering if anyone out there shares this obsession and loves doing this as much as I do.
So given my love for ebooks and audiobooks, I decided to try out Kindle Unlimited for a few months. I got the subscription for four months, two of which were free from a promotion. With the subscription, you get to borrow ten books at a time, and quite a good number of the books also offer the audiobook for free. As a consumer it is perfect. It also helped me be more open to taking a gamble on authors I didn’t know. I read and listened to a wide range of books. It was great. I would recommend having a kindle unlimited subscription if, like me, you are addicted to listening to and reading books at the same time. It makes this habit a lot cheaper. I would also recommend it if you read more than three books a month.
I feel like the kindle unlimited service is a great way to borrow books and read to your heart’s content. Unlike the traditional library, authors are able to make some money from you borrowing and consuming their hard work. It is a more complicated issue from the author’s side, but from a consumer, standpoint it’s great for all book lovers. The service also offers borrowing selected magazines, which is great, because you get to save on recycling by just borrowing the latest issue and reading it through.
However, I have to admit that there is a certain level of pressure that comes with having a subscription like that. As I said, it only makes sense if you can get through at least three or even four books a month, if not, then you are losing money by having it. This means finding time to make the most out of it. I guess, like gyms, Kindle makes money from paying customers that do not use their services.
P.s. if you have never tried reading and listening to a book at the same time, please give it a go and let me know what you think.
P.p.s I love audiobooks but I often feel like it’s a bit too slow for me, so I listen to them at the 1.5-speed point. Maybe it’s just because my eyes scan the words faster than they read.
Thank you for spending time with me today and I hope you’ll be back here again next week Wednesday. Have a great rest of the week!