The readers won’t find many best-sellers or traditionally published titles, but they can choose from a catalog of over 750,000 mainly self-published titles which includes a few titles like the Hunger Games trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Interpreter of Maladies, Flash Boys, and The Giver and Wonder Boys.
That’s a smaller catalog than that of Oyster, which boasts 1 million ebook titles at a cost of $10 per month, or Scribd, which also offers 1 million titles (ebooks, audiobooks, and comic books) for $9 a month.
Today’s launch follows the US launch by close to 7 months. The gradual global rollout of Kindle Unlimited continues to support my theory that Amazon only launches KU in a market where they can guarantee a certain minimum number of titles from local publishers.
This would explain why KU didn’t launch in Canada at the same time as in the US, or that the Mexico launch didn’t happen alongside the launch in Spain last November.
Kindle Unlimited boasts 15,000 French language titles in Canada, and 30,000 titles in Spanish in Mexico.