Print 15 comment(s) - last by DanNeely.. on Nov 4 at 6:28 PM

The Kindle versions through MatchBook will only be $2.99, $1.99, $.99 or free

Amazon has a new Kindle offering that will let you buy digital versions of some of your print books on the cheap. 

Amazon launched Kindle MatchBook today, which allows Amazon customers who have bought print versions of books on the e-tailer's site to also buy the Kindle versions as they become available for low prices. Amazon said the Kindle versions through MatchBook would only be $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free. 

So lets say you bought a print book on Amazon 10 years ago, and you now want the Kindle version, but don't want to shell out full Kindle price to buy the same book again. You can go to the MatchBook section of Amazon and search for the book to see if it's in the library. If it is, pay under $5 (or nothing at all) and you're set. 

Amazon said there are now 70,000 titles available in MatchBook, and more are being added daily. MatchBook will let you grab the Kindle versions for cheap as long as you bought the print version from Amazon, and your purchase history can go back as far as 1995 (when the site first launched). 

The MatchBook titles also have Kindle features like X-Ray, Whispersync and Popular Highlights.

MatchBook is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices, PC and Mac, but Amazon is likely hoping you'll buy an actual Kindle device for your MatchBook reading.
Last month, Amazon dropped the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD price to $139, and showed off a couple new members of the Kindle Fire HDX family (7-inch model for $229 and 8.9-inch model for $379).

Source: Amazon

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

I've been waiting for this feature since I got my Kindle
By Boze on 10/29/2013 6:19:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've purchased, quite literally, thousands of books from, and because I could usually get 30 to 40% off the hardcover, I would always purchase those. I repeatedly sent emails to and the presidents / CEOs of the major publishers, suggesting that if you purchased the hardcover for full price, you could get the Kindle version for free.

Well now they've done one better. You still get a savings of about 28% give or take.

I checked today and out of the 1,839 books I've purchased from since the 1990s, 107 of them were available as Kindle MatchBooks. I ended up spending about $220, most of them were $1.99 to $2.99, but a few of them were free or $0.99.

I'm terribly excited about this and I can't wait until it becomes the de facto standard.

By GulWestfale on 10/29/2013 7:13:36 PM , Rating: 3
as an independent author, i participate in this program and offer my digital books free to anyone who buys a printed copy. it's only fair.

By Manch on 10/29/2013 7:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well yeah considering one of your books is only 45 pages ($.18 a page?)....and another a 5min read...

By Cheesew1z69 on 10/29/2013 8:40:07 PM , Rating: 1
Sascha von Bornheim was born in Bonn, Germany in 1978 and resides in Montreal, Canada. He is a member of the International High IQ Society and The Brights.
ROFL! Somehow, I just don't buy that....

By Manch on 10/30/2013 7:14:55 PM , Rating: 3
Right bc you subscribe to the church of intolerant atheism that makes you better than everyone else. Not anyone can join, just bigots that hate on people of faith. Hopefully you'll realize that everyone walks a different path and for you to judge their ways.

You are the definition of a Bigot.

By GulWestfale on 11/4/2013 4:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
the brights aren't intolerant. they just hate stupidity. religion is stupidity.

By DanNeely on 10/29/2013 8:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
where'd you find a total for the number of print books you've bought?

By drothgery on 10/30/2013 11:53:48 AM , Rating: 2
Just keep hitting the 'show more books' button on the MatchBook page until you can't see any more. The list is numbered.

By DanNeely on 10/30/2013 6:26:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's not the number I'm interested in; I can see that I have 8 total match books available without clicking next even once. Boze also had a number for the total number of print books that he'd bought from Amazon; that's the number I was interested in seeing as well.

By drothgery on 11/1/2013 11:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
It was probably just an estimate. I mean, you can go through your order history and add things up, but that takes a while.

By DanNeely on 11/4/2013 6:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
1839 isn't a plausible number for an estimate, and as you pointed out adding everything up is a major time sink. It's possible that Boze did so, or has enough CDO to have maintained a DB of purchases; but the most plausible guess would be that he found a tally somewhere on the site: Which is why I asked the original question.

Maybe I just buy the wrong books
By DanNeely on 10/29/2013 1:10:41 PM , Rating: 2
but only 8 books I've purchased are available under that program; and of them five were gifts. That's a low single digits percentage of the books I bought.

By drothgery on 10/29/2013 6:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
I think only one of the major publishers (HarperCollins) is participating in a big way in this program. Tor/Macmillan has a handful of backlist/first book of a series titles as near as I can tell, but not a lot. I've got 36 available, but that's out of hundreds of books I bought from Amazon before getting a Kindle.

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki