After only a few key data became known through the rumor mill in the last few days, which I did not want to publish in a separate blog post, there are facts as of today about Amazon's new blow against the booksellers and publishers: KindleUnlimited. While the book publishers already started selling eBooks not particularly enthusiastic were, should now the existential angst the bookseller will be further stoked.
The KindleUnlimited offer is currently only available for the USA. There is no question that such an e-book flat rate will soon be available in Germany as well. On the American Amazon site you can find the details of this offer:
The fact that Audible is now also integrated into the Kindle app also means full access to the audiobooks that are offered there. These are included in the monthly flat rate subscription. The Whispersync feature, which now also works between audiobooks and e-books, is very interesting: If I download a book as an e-book and an audiobook, I can, for example, start reading the e-book. When I have tired eyes, I put on the headphones and Wispersync enables the audio book to start exactly where I left off. This is a feature that has never been seen before.
It is now interesting what the Tolino department conjures up out of the hat, because when the Amazon Kindle Unlimited offer is available in Germany for the first time, it will not only be tight for the German eBook stores but also for the companies that use the brand Tolino have come together to stand up to Amazon.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.