Kindle Unlimited is a program from Amazon that allows you to read as many books or magazines as you want from the Kindle library for a monthly charge of $9.99. It’s a bibliophile’s dream, or so it might appear. However, there are a couple of flies in the ointment. First off, while it’s called Kindle Unlimited, it isn’t actually unlimited. If you take the name at face value, you’d assume that the entirety of the Kindle catalog is available for reading.
Sorry, but no. There are more than a million titles that are in the program, but it is far from complete access to everything that Amazon has published. Secondly, while you can read as many of those million books (and magazines) as you wish every month, you can only have ten at a time “checked out” to your Kindle or Kindle software. That’s not a crushing limitation for most of us, but if you like to have a hundred books open at once, then this isn’t the program for you.
With some high-profile exceptions, few of the books on the Kindle Unlimited list are best-sellers. Most large publishing houses don’t allow their titles to participate in the scheme, so many of the titles are from Amazon’s own publishing ecosystem. And while Kindle Unlimited has the largest catalog of any of the “unlimited” reading programs out there, in some peoples’ opinion the catalog offered by Scribd and Oyster have better books. Also, if you are already an Amazon Prime member, then most of the Kindle Unlimited catalog is already available for you to read freely, albeit only one book at a time.
There are three big positives to the Kindle Unlimited program. One, you can get a 30-day free trial, so you can try before you buy. You will need to cancel the service before the 30 days are up if you don’t want to be billed for it. Two, the Amazon ecosystem hosts a lot of new and upcoming authors, so it is actually a great place to find new authors rather than the same old names. And three, the Kindle Unlimited program works on the Kindle mobile app, the desktop Kindle software, and the outstanding hardware Kindles.
However, assuming you decide that the Kindle Unlimited program isn’t for you, how can you cancel your membership?
Cancel Kindle Unlimited
While Kindle Unlimited is the best eBook service out there right now, it isn’t for everyone. If you’ve decided to discontinue your Kindle Unlimited subscription, it’s easy. Here’s how.
If you are paying for the service, you will need to cancel before the next billing period to avoid a further charge.
- Navigate to your Amazon Kindle Unlimited page.
- Find Manage Membership in the left navigation
- Then click on the button saying Cancel Kindle Unlimited Membership
Clicking the Cancel Kindle Unlimited Membership Button will take you to a page with this title, “Are you sure you want to end your membership?”
Below this image, you’ll find books that you have in your Kindle library. Look below those books for two buttons on that says Keep my membership and another button that says Cancel membership.
Since you want to cancel your members, click on Cancel membership, which will then load a confirmation page. Your Kindle Unlimited account will not be canceled until the end of your billing cycle so you can still enjoy Kindle Unlimited until that date.
You can also cancel your Kindle Unlimited membership from your Amazon Account page.
- Select the Accounts & Lists pull-down menu
- Select Your Account from the list
- Scroll down until you find Memberships and subscriptions
- Click on Kindle Unlimited
- Click on Cancel Kindle Unlimited
- Scroll down until you see Cancel Membership
- Click Cancel Membership
You will then see the page confirming you’ve canceled your Kindle Unlimited Account. Again, your Kindle Unlimited account will not be canceled until the end of your billing cycle so you can still enjoy Kindle Unlimited until that date.