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What is Amazon Kindle Unlimited? And other FAQs

Ever since I went exclusive with Amazon for Resurrection, I've been receiving messages asking me what Amazon Kindle Unlimited is, how it works, and most importantly, if Resurrection really is free to read. So instead of answering each of those messages individually, I decided to put together this little FAQ to answer them. Here goes.

What is Amazon Kindle Unlimited?
Simply put, Amazon Kindle Unlimted is a digital lending library that allows you to check out and read over a million books for a small monthly fee. What makes it unique though is that there is no return date. Users can keep up to 10 titles on their bookshelves at any point in time, for as long as they want, and return those before downloading new titles.

How much does Amazon Kindle Unlimited cost?
Rates vary by market, though for the most part, it costs about the same as an Amazon Prime membership, or the literally the price of one book. Here in India, it costs ₹169 per month (at the time of writing).

Am I still able to buy a book if I like it and want to keep it forever?
Yes of course! Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscriptions integrate with your existing Kindle to allow for borrowed and bought books to reside together on your shelf. Once you're done reading a Kindle Unlimited book, you can choose to buy it and keep it in your collection forever.

Where can I find Kindle Unlimited ebooks?
You can find Kindle Unlimited books everywhere you shop for Kindle books today. Look for the 'Kindle Unlimited' icon throughout the Kindle Store and click on the "Read for Free" button on Kindle book pages to start reading. You can find popular titles and recommendations on the Kindle Unlimited page

I don't own an Amazon Kindle or Fire Tab. Can I still read Kindle ebooks?
Sure you can! With the Kindle app for Android and iOS, you can download and read Kindle ebooks on your smartphone, iPad, or tablet anytime, anywhere. You can also participate in programs such as Kindle Unlimited through the app.

Do I have to be an Amazon Prime member to get Kindle Unlimited?
No, you don't. These are both different programs from Amazon.

I already have an Amazon Prime account. Does that entitle me to read Resurrection for free?
As an Amazon exclusive, Resurrection is open to any and all Amazon Kindle programs. This includes Amazon Prime's free selection of monthly titles, however, there is no guarantee as to if and when Resurrection will be available to Prime members, and in which markets.

Where can I find more information on Amazon Kindle Unlimited, and sign up?
For more information on Amazon Kindle Unlimited, and to sign up for a free 30-day trial, click here.

Resurrection, exclusively available on Amazon worldwide

After the freebie promo right here on, Resurrection is now exclusively available on Amazon worldwide. "But Mark, didn't you say that you were going to sorta keep Resurrection as a free download forever?" Well, that's the great part about being an Amazon exclusive. If you love reading and are part of the Kindle Unlimited program, then Resurrection is absolutely free to download. Additionally, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow Resurrection from the lending library for free as well. Availability, however, is limited though, so get it while you can. 

As you can see, this is clearly a very exciting phase in online digital publishing, and it's all still new to me. The book is and always will be available to buy if you're not a part of any of these programs though, so life does not have to be so complicated. Plus, early next year I will be releasing the paperback version through Amazon as well. So if you're the hands-on kind of person, then you can wait for that. Thank you for all the love and support.

Merry Christmas, Resurrection is here!

I honestly didn't think I'd get this done in time for Christmas, but thanks to the awesome folks at Amazon, I guess wishes do come true! It gives me immense pleasure to announce that Resurrection is now available on Amazon (worldwide) as a Kindle ebook, and will be available as a paperback early next year. However, before I make it an Amazon exclusive, I'd like to give back. For all of you who have supported me, encouraged me, and been a part of my journey in writing, I want you to have a copy of Resurrection. This book was 5 years in the making, and now that it's finally out at Christmas, I see no better gift. So, for the next three days, Resurrection will be available as a free downloadable PDF right here. On the evening of December 26th, the link will be deactivated, and from then on, the book will be exclusively available on Amazon - so get it while you can! ;)

Once again, thank you to everyone who has loved and supported me. This one is for you. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

Download Resurrection PDF

UPDATE: Resurrection is now exclusively available on Amazon worldwide. Click here to download your copy.

Resurrection, coming soon

I'm so excited about this! I've been working on compiling my second book for a few months now, but that's not the exciting part. What I'm really looking forward to is embracing the digital word. After Fallen and trying to push it as a physical copy, I realised that for all the nostalgia in the world, very rarely do people pick up a book on poetry. So this time around, I decided that I would publish my second book, Resurrection, as an ebook in multiple formats. But most importantly, it's going to be a free download.

The whole idea and theme behind Resurrection is that of positivity, happiness - and I want that happiness to be as accessible as possible. Since you can't buy happiness, well, you get the point. Ressurection will be available in the first week of January.

Fallen, now on Flipkart and Amazon

Great news! Fallen is back on your favourite online retailers. Follow the links below to pick up your copy today.

On engineered fraternity

We shared a leaf between us both
Of us it made a kin;
And no one knew -
They knew of you,
Of me they’ll find out too.

Unwilling birds together shared
To bring us both at once;
For us they died -
Who died hath tied,
So blood could claim we lied.

We crushed a seed with borrowed hands
We both found in it calm;
Over it spill -
And spill at will,
Of times awaiting still.

The ages of 18 through 20, my college years, were particularly precious. It was a difficult time for me because I had left my hometown of Dubai, and relocated to Goa, India, which is where I'm supposedly from. It's difficult for a teenager to leave his entire world behind, and move to a whole new country. And not just any country - India. I did not feel like I was moving forward, I felt like I was moving backward. On my prom night, I was saying goodbye to friends who were moving to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand - or just staying in Dubai. I was the ONLY ONE moving to India - and I was gutted. My world was my colony where I grew up, my friends, my then girlfriend. It was everything I had ever known for 18 years of my life - and now it was being taken away. A day after prom I was on a plane to India with my family, that's how quickly the move happened. And on that plane, I thought about what was in store - which was nothing. As far as I was concerned, nothing was in store. I was not excited. This was not going to be a new adventure. I was not going to return to Dubai with tales from the land of the Kamasutra. As far as I knew, I was being punished, and I did not know why.

The first few months were torture. I missed everyone. I would scrounge for change to make ISD calls from phone booths. I would send 140 character SMS messages that cost a fortune. I even wrote letters. And received them. But at some point I realised that by doing that, I was just holding on to something that I didn't really have, and probably never would. Relationships that were bound to evolve, most probably without me - and there was nothing I could do about it, because life goes on. And so I started making new ones. If I was going to have to survive in this new place, whether I like it or not, I had to make new friends and new relationships. This poem is about one of those relationship. It was not a romantic relationship of any kind, but one that holds a very special place in my heart. The person I wrote this for was there for me in so many ways during those initial months. He was a mentor, a brother, and a friend with whom I had some rather strange, albeit interesting adventures. The kind I was convinced wold never happen to me in this strange land - and yet it did. In the almost 15 years since we first met, we've grown apart, fallen out, gotten back together, gotten married (to other people), added new relationships to the fold - grown the tribe, and through everything, made my life what it is today. Really what it is, is a testament to the fact that change really is inevitable in the world around you. You can choose to change with it, or you can choose to stay still. You can stop, or you can continue to move forward. But ask yourself, would you rather be the seed? Or the flower it becomes? The choice is yours.  

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