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How To Cancel Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Posted by Jamie on August 14, 2018

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. In addition, 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.

  1. Navigate to your Amazon Kindle Unlimited page.
  2. Select Manage Membership and then Cancel Kindle Unlimited Membership..
  3. Select End Membership and set a date.

You will need to set the end date before the next payment is due, otherwise your membership will continue for another billing cycle and you’ll be charged.

You can also cancel your Kindle Unlimited membership from your Amazon Account page.

  1. Navigate to your Amazon Account page.
  2. Select the  Settings tab at the upper right of your screen and scroll to Kindle Unlimited Settings.
  3. Click on Manage Your Membership.
  4. Select Cancel Kindle Unlimited.

Again, you will need to cancel before the end date of the billing period otherwise you will be billed for another month.

 

2 thoughts on “How To Cancel Amazon Kindle Unlimited”

Beverly Morrow says:
I smiply want to know why i was charged twice iin 1 month. First on the 5/21 then again on 5/23.
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Gregory Reese says:
I cancelled 30 December, two days PRIOR to the end of free trial period–I even double checked to make sure I was no longer a member. 3 January, 2018, charge for annual membership free appears on on-line Credit Card balance.
Nearly an hour spent at Amazon site-utterly futile.
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