Kindle Unlimited – worth your 9.99 USD?

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Kindle unlimited

I subscribed to Kindle Unlimited as soon as it launched in US last night.

So what exactly is Kindle Unlimited? Well, it is a service by Amazon.com where you get to read as many books as you want for 9.99 USD a month. This type of service is not new, companies like Oyster and Scribd have already been doing this for years but then again they are not Amazon.

What makes this Kindle Unlimited unique and interesting is Wispersync feature. Whispersync for Voice allows you to move from reading to listening without losing your place in the book. Example – you have chores to do but the book you are reading is too interesting to put down, you can switch to audio and listen to the book while doing your chores and they go back to reading when you are done with your chores.

So, should you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited?

Probably not,

80 percent of you don’t read that many books a month and signing up for a US only service requires some workaround.

To the 20 percent that is excited about Kindle Unlimited

I’d suggest that you wait. Right now less than 10 percent of popular titles are available for unlimited reading. 90 percent of the books in The New York Times Bestseller list is not available in Kindle Unlimited library.

Let the big six publishers (Random House, Penguin Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Hachette Book Group) and indie authors sign for the service. That’s when you get to see all the popular titles.

Also your local library will probably provide you with unlimited titles every month for FREE.

Lucifer’s Lungi by Nitin Sawant [Book Review]

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[spoiler free]

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Initially, when I got the request to review this book, I was very skeptical.

I kept thinking, Lucifer’s Lungi, the name is strange, the description is confusing. It seems to be about gods and devils, I like thrillers, why am I agreeing to read and review this book?

…and the skepticism lasted till I read the first paragraph of “po-logue”, after than I was enraptured by the story.

The setting of the story is very simple, and relatable. The protoganist is somewhat similar to some of us, a cocky guy working for a nice firm in the city, South Indian, Madaras, to be more precise, and of course he doesn’t know the language.

To escape the humdrum of corporate life, our protoganist starts to explore tourist spots on weekends, that is until he ends up in the wrong place.

Lucifer’s Lungi is the story of a misadventure the protagonist (we don’t know his name) experiences in one of his weekend adventure trip.


I am thankful to the representatives of Fablery for bringing to my attention this novella. It a very entertaining and quick read at just 111 pages. I am definitely going to look up the author, Nitin Sawant for more of his work and I am going to make my sister read this tonight.

Rating – 5 stars

J.K. Rowling releases new Harry Potter short story [download]

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Sweet nostalgia.

I was introduce to the world of Harry Potter when I was in 7th grade and I missed the magical world of Harry Potter when the series ended.

And after all this time, a new book!
Okay, it’s not really a book, or a novella. It’s a news Column by Rita Skeeter.

And it’s not really a story about Harry Potter.
It is an news snippet about Quidditch which happen to talk about Harry and his friends.

It felt extremely good to go back to the magical world of Harry Potter. This news snippet gives us, the fans, a tiny peak into the lives of our heroes.

Stop whatever you are doing and spend two minutes of your time reading this Harry Potter update.

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You can download and read the story here.

I saved the best for the last – we are getting another Harry Potter story!

But let us not be severe. Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography: Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book. It’s going to be like a pensieve for me. Taking me back into the magical world.