If you’re in the UK, I’ve just noticed that Amazon’s offering a free three-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited as part of their Black Friday deals. It’s normally a one-month trial, so definitely worth considering if you’ve been curious about KU.
I’ve always wondered if an £8/month subscription was worth it, bearing in mind most KU books are self-pubbed and go for between £2-3 anyway. I had a free two-month trial offer via email the other day, and that finally persuaded me to sign up.
I can now say it was an unequivocal yes for me (and no, this post is not sponsored by Amazon nor are there any affiliate links). I did do some research (because I’m a geek like that) to confirm that there were KU books that I was interested in before hitting the Subscribe button – to save you some time, here are a couple of authors I would recommend.
Kate Stradling: I discovered her books when I stumbled across her Ruses duology earlier this year. I loved her voice, and what’s not to like about charming YA fantasies with a satisfying romance?
So I took advantage of the fact that all her books are in KU, and found myself racing through A BOY CALLED HAWK and its sequel, A RUMOUR OF REAL IRISH TEA – these are futuristic YA, so completely different to the previous books, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. And I would also rec her newest portal fantasy, NAMESAKE, and her take on a lesser-known fairytale in GOLDMAYNE. So basically all her books. (Even if you don’t have a KU subscription, her books are really reasonably priced between £0.99 and £2.)
Glynn Stewart: I’ll be honest – at the moment, he is probably the entire reason why my KU subscription has been worth it. His books sit in on the border between military SF and space opera (with some fantasy mixed in, depending on the series), which is exactly the kind of SF that appeals to me.
I’ve read around 15 of his books to date – seeing that they retail for around £3 each, it’s probably covered my subscription costs for the next few months. Ironically, the first book of his that I read (STARSHIP MAGE) was by far the weakest – I’m glad that didn’t put me off, because the series gets stronger and stronger, and both the Duchy of Terra and Castle Federation series have been excellent from the start.
As you can probably tell from my not-so-mini glom, his books are addictive page-turners, so much so that I always ensured the next book in the series was downloaded to my Kindle (you can borrow up to ten KU books at any one time, btw). His books are faintly reminiscent of Marko Kloos with some excellent space battle scenes and characters that really grow on you (though again like Kloos, I am on the fence about the romance threads in his books – I’m picky!).
Any of your favourite authors in KU? I admit I’ve not really paid any attention to which authors do KU before, so I’d love to get more recs! Also, shout if you’ve any KU questions, I’m happy to try and answer them.