'Big Five' absent from Kindle Unlimited

'Big Five' absent from Kindle Unlimited

Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription service, which launched in the US last week, includes no books from the big five publishers, it has emerged.

The service, launched on Friday (18th July), includes 600,000 e-books, with customers able to read as many as they like on Kindle devices for $9.99 a month.

Big titles available include Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (Mariner Books); J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, published by Pottermore Limited; and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (Rosetta Books).

But titles from the Big Five publishers – Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster – are absent.

TechCrunch reported on the absence of Big Five books yesterday, but received no response from Amazon when it asked for a comment.