I just bought an Amazon Fire Tablet, and signed up to Kindle Unlimited. If you dont know what Im talking about, a Fire Tablet is just like a regular handheld Android device but you can read E-Books on it and Kindle Unlimited is a service you can sign up for to read books on. You get access to over a million books for like 8 quid a month.
This isnt going to be like an advertisement for this stuff, or me going on about how great it is, even though it is pretty fuckin sweet. Ive read a few books on it since yesterday and Im really enjoying it so far. The first thing I noticed was that you can read with the light off! Which is really handy if you want to read before bed and you dont have a lamp close by. If you have to get your ass up and walk all the way over to the door to turn off the light switch, lets face it, if your as lazy as me, fuck that!
I had a real hassle with the Amazon customer services though. You know how they charge you a pound randomly every now and again? To test if your payment will go through, well I inquired about it in case they charged me for a book by accident since its free with Kindle Unlimited. They got back to me, explaining the test payment thing pretty quickly so I gave the guy a good feedback review. But then I asked why this is the third time its happened, as I wasn’t sure if it had been refunded the past 2 times. I’m Paranoid Schizophrenic, so I be thinking things like that.
The guy I had been emailing waited a while, till I got a cup of coffee and settled in with my tablet to read this book I had been dying to read,(The Heretics Handbook, by Jonathan Black) its why I got the damn thing because its only available as an E-Book. He waited till I was a chapter in, to cancel my Kindle Unlimited Subscription, and send me an email claiming it had been cancelled ‘As per my request!’. The book disappeared and I had to email like mad all night.
I was furious, I sent like 4 emails of complaints to different customer services outlets, and demanded a supervisor be involved and everything, I even posted on the Amazon help forum. They got back to me an hour or so later and apologized. I had to sign up again, and they’re issuing me a refund now for the month, along with 3 pounds promotional credit as a gesture of good will.
I was furious about this shit though, that employee decided they didn’t like my question so they just ended my free trial on the day it started! I have been a loyal Amazon customer for years, without any bother at all. Amazon itself is great, it was just this one employee who was out of order. It ruined my night and the hassle of getting it sorted did too, I had to wait to get money transferred the next day to sign up again.
Despite this, I am really enjoying the Tablet and the Service. I am planning on writing a book soon and I’ve heard you have to read as much as possible each day to stay inspired. As an aspiring author, it really will be an asset in the coming months.
As far as the service goes, the kindle books vary in length, I just read one in 20 mins. Then I downloaded one which is over 300 pages long, so its a mixed bag. But the Fire Tablet battery is pretty good its lasted two days now, but the hassle with the customer services stopped me reading that much yesterday.
If you do read, I would recommend Kindle Unlimited, but if your picky, you’ll still have to buy a lot of books that aren’t free. Once you unsubscribe, you lose the books and you can only borrow 10 books at a time. It is much handier than reading physical books though.
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