So, I hate to be “that guy,” but I thought readers of this blog might be interested in this. I took some time off of the Year of Mystery series (I’ll have another post this month), and I tried to write a post on Universal Basic Income. But that got messy, and I never got around to cleaning it up. Sorry.
Here’s the shameless pitch:
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You can read an unlimited number of Kindle books while subscribed, as long as the books are in Kindle Unlimited. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Kindle, there’s apps for browsers, tablets, and phones that let you read Kindle books pretty much anywhere.
I personally use it around 4-6 months a year and just cram all the books I want from the service into that time period. Then I buy books not in KU for the rest of the year.
I know what you’re thinking: but there’s nothing good in it. It’s just a bunch of poorly edited self-published stuff.
First, that’s not true (see below). Second, even if it were true, for just $0.99, you could try out the first chapter of hundreds of new authors until you find someone you like at no risk.
Here’s just a few of the books you could read:
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Hollywood, by Charles Bukowski
A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard
And so on. These are major novels by powerhouses in their genres. Do what you want, but if you find even one book, it will have paid for itself. It’s something I think is great for writers to have for short periods of time to see what’s selling best without having to buy a hundred books.
To get it, click the above banner or here.