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Can You Share Kindle Unlimited with Friends and Family? Answers to Kindle Unlimited Questions

I have been following the evolution of Kindle Unlimited for quite a while now – extremely curious as to whether or not the $10/month would be worth it.

Finally, with the discount that Amazon provided on here on Prime Day, I decided to dive in and purchase a 2 year membership.

It’s one week in, and I’m loving it!


If you are thinking about joining Kindle Unlimited yourself, here are answers to a few questions that I had before signing up:

1. Is it Possible to Share Kindle Unlimited with Friends and Family?

Before I signed up for Amazon Kindle, I was scouring the internet trying to find the answer to this question. After all, if my wife and I could both have access to the huge collection of Kindle books, then this deal would undoubtedly be worth it. Unfortunately, no one had an answer to this question. Therefore, one of my reasons for buying a subscription was to find an answer to this question. And I did.

In short, Amazon does not allow you to share your Kindle Unlimited benefits with another account – like they do with Amazon Prime. Although Prime benefits can be shared with a friend or spouse (including the access to music and videos), you cannot share your Kindle Unlimited benefits with another account. Not even your spouse’s.


But, you can read and listen to Kindle Unlimited books from multiple devices. Therefore, if you are comfortable sharing your account information with someone else, they can read and listen to books from one devices, while you read and listen from another. Although I doubt that it is legal to share your account information with a bunch of buddies, if you and your spouse share an account anyway, then you can both gain access to the Kindle Unlimited library!

2. Are There Any Books Worth Reading on Kindle Unlimited?

If you only enjoy reading best-sellers, than Amazon Kindle may not be for you.

Although they do occasionally add popular titles (like both the Lord of the Rings and the Hunger Game series), most of the books are self-published and relatively short.

However, if you are interested in learning about a specific topic or simply entertaining yourself, then Kindle Unlimited is a great resource. Because of my enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, leadership, and personal finance, I have hit a treasure trove of reading material with KU. The huge collection of money books gives me the opportunity to learn from many authors and perspectives.

Thus, if you want to read specific books, skip out on Kindle Unlimited. However, if you want to learn about a specific topic, or entertain yourself, than Kindle Unlimited may be worth trying.


3. Are There Any Good Audiobooks on Kindle Unlimited?

One of my favorite features about Kindle Unlimited is the vast collection of audiobooks. In addition to over 600,000 ebooks, you gain access to over 8,000 audiobooks.

Now, I must be honest, many of the books that I would like to read do not have audio available. However, I have been able to find plenty of quality audiobooks to fill up any available listening time I have.

And yes, the Lord of the Rings and Hunger Games are both available as audiobooks on Kindle Unlimited.

When you stop to consider that Audible credits run $15 per book, the $10/month for the ability to listen to several books provides an opportunity to save substantially. This is particularly beneficial for someone with a long commute, mundane job, or naggy family members.

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4. Can I Keep Books I’ve Downloaded After My KU Subscription Ends?


Although you have access to hundreds of thousands of books with this membership, once you end your subscription, you lose everything.

While this is a bit of a bummer, I think most of us view digital books differently than physical books anyway. If I want to keep a book, I’ll buy the hardcover and skip out on the digital version.


5. How Much Money Do Authors Make with Kindle Unlimited?

Here’s the second most essential question in my mind. If you or I write a book and allow it to be borrowed on Kindle Unlimited, how much money do we get?

From what I’ve gathered, a Kindle Unlimited pot is collected from all of the subscriptions and distributed evenly across all of the authors who had books read that month.

While commissions vary, each author receives around half a penny per page read. In other words, a 100 page book will land you $0.50, while a 20 page mini-book might net you $0.10. It’s certainly not much if you’re trying to make money from this book directly. However, it could be a great way to introduce people to your brand and writing.

From what I’ve read, if you are an amateur author, making your book available on Kindle Unlimited is certainly worth the time. Not only does it mean your book will gain more visibility, but there are a lot of people who will be willing to check out your book if it doesn’t cost them anything extra.

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Kindle Unlimited – Another Win for Amazon

Although I generally have a distaste for large companies that dominate a market – Amazon has continually amazed me. In my book, Kindle Unlimited is another win for Amazon.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried KU? Would you try it? I would love to here your responses in the comments section below.


Rob is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability. He founded Money Nomad in 2014!

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  1. Agreed! For the cost of *1* iced coffee per week at McDonald’s You can have access to tens of thousands of books in more subjects you can possibly imagine! You’ll never ever be stuck in line at the store with nothing to read: -D

    1. Hahaha. You’re absolutely right. It definitely provides a lot of value for readers. Worth checking out. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

      1. Thanks for that tip Mitzi! So does that include books you’ve checked out? If so, you would still only be able to have one out at a time — so you couldn’t have two people reading, correct?

  2. I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription and I don’t know what I would do without it. I read a lot every chance I get I’m in a book so KU is the best thing I’ve found on the internet lol

    1. lol. It’s definitely a great service to have! My wife and I both enjoy it thoroughly – both the reading and audio books are impressive!

  3. I enjoy my KU and always find books to read. The maximum allowed to be checked out at one time is 10. Sometimes I keep a KU book as a reminder to look for the sequel. When I finish a book I leave it on the last last page so if I check it out again, I’ll know that I previously read it.
    When I find other KU books that I want to read I download the “sample” and put a “KU” note on it, then add it to book Collections on my Kindle, under “KU to read”. If I love it I buy it then add it to my Collection title of “Love Book”. I have other Collection titles such as “Like, Yuk, Made into movie, Documentary, Free Books” .
    I love my Kindle, I can read at night without waking up my spouse. Also I can read while waiting for a doctor appointment, etc. or play spider solitaire, etc.

    1. That’s great advice! From keeping it on the last page to organizing your books, I’m impressed. Thanks for sharing these tips with the rest of us.

  4. I love KU! I’ve enjoyed reading so many wonderful books. I love romance reading and there are a ton of these books, many brand new books. I know from authors, even well established ones, that KU is a loss for them but it’s a way to get their books out there so people will want to read more.

  5. You can keep some content. If you save your highlighted sections you can export them and save in your own word or OneNote document. Many books allow you to save up to 20% of the content this way.

    1. This is great to know Rob! Thanks for sharing. I didn’t think about the ability to copy and save content to your OneNote. Great tip.

  6. I like my kindle app on my android, and am thinking of getting the kindle, unlimited, but want to be able to share with friends, as i cannot afford it aline.
    Can someone please tell me if KU can be used one 3 devices at the same time.
    I really want to get ut.

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