Amazon Offers Low-Cost Kindle Versions of Print Books with "MatchBook"
October 29, 2013 10:54 AM
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The Kindle versions through MatchBook will only be $2.99, $1.99, $.99 or free
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).
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Maybe I just buy the wrong books
10/29/2013 1:10:41 PM
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.
RE: Maybe I just buy the wrong books
10/29/2013 6:01:20 PM
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.
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