kindle unlimitedOne of the concerns when people sign up for subscription services like Kindle Unlimited is “will I use it enough to make it worth the cost?” Hugh Howey likens it to gym memberships where you sign up for auto-renewal and then never use it. I’ve seen lots of people note that you have to read 4-5 books a month, every month. to make it worth your while because so many inexpensive self-published books are in the service.

All good points ,but if you’re willing to do a bit of prep work, Amazon actually makes it easy to be cost effective, assuming you can read at least 5 books in a month.

Set up an “Unlimited” Collection on your Kindle or Kindle app. As you browse Amazon and discover Unlimited eligible books, download a sample to that Collection. Once you’ve accumulated a month’s worth of reading (for me, that would be 8-10 books), sign up for Unlimited and set a reminder to cancel it in 30 days.

For that month, work through your Unlimited Collection. By the end of the month, you’ve probably finished all or most of your accumulated books, and you’ll cancel your subscription. Then start accumulating samples again. If you’re a Prime member, you can use your once a month borrow to extend the time between Unlimited subscriptions, and I bet you’ll be able to get by with subscribing no more than once a quarter or so. If you’re a slower reader or too busy to read, save your accumulated books for vacation or summer, when presumably you have more time.

That’s a pretty cost-effective way to use Unlimited, don’t you think? It’s what I plan to do.