Amazon matches print books with discounted digital copies

A new program called MatchBook offers electronic copies of your print books for $2.99 or less.

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Searching for a digital version of a print book you bought from Amazon? You may be able to find it at a low price, courtesy of a new Kindle program.

Launched on Tuesday, Kindle MatchBook lets you buy the Kindle version of certain print books you purchased new from Amazon. More than 70,000 books are now part of the program, with more being added on a daily basis, according to Amazon. Prices for the associated e-books range from free to $2.99.

Customers can pick up digital copies of books they've purchased since 1995, assuming the publisher has enrolled their favorite titles in the program. Customers can review their Amazon print-book order history to see which titles are included in MatchBook. With Kindle software, you can download and read your e-books on a PC, Mac, or supported mobile device.

Amazon also plays matchmaker to audiobooks , offering audio companions to your Kindle e-books.

Amazon announced the pending arrival of Kindle MatchBook on September 3, touting a little more than 10,000 titles . Since that time, such publishers as HarperCollins, Macmillan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amazon Publishing, Wiley, Chronicle Books, and Marvel have hopped on board. Thousands of books also are available from Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.

"It's been great to see the positive response to MatchBook from both readers and publishers," Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content, said in a statement. "MatchBook enrollment has grown from 10,000 to 70,000 titles in just a few weeks, and we expect it will keep expanding rapidly in the months ahead."

A library of 70,000 titles sounds impressive. But MatchBook definitely has room to grow. Searching for the many Amazon print books I've purchased over the years, I found only one title available as a discounted MatchBook e-book.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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