Amazon launches ‘Netflix for books’

File photo of Amazon CEO Bezos holding up the new Kindle Fire HD 7" and Kindle Fire HD 8.9" during Amazon's Kindle Fire event in Santa MonicaAmazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant’s latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

The company said Friday that the Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles such as “The Hunger Games” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” They can also listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, including “Water for Elephants.”

About 2,000 audiobooks from Audible with Whispersync for Voice, which lets users switch between reading and listening to books, will be available through the service. Subscribers will get a free three-month membership to the broader Audible service, which has 150,000 titles.  More

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