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Do you have crates upon crates of dusty old books that you just wish could be on your Kindle Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway Kindle Paperwhite Review & Giveaway The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon's current flagship reader, and one that we've been wanting to review and give away for quite some time. If you already own a Kindle or a different eReader, you may... Read More ? Good news! Amazon announced on Tuesday that it will soon launch Matchbook, a program that allows users to receive digital versions of books that they already own at free or discounted rates.

The program will offer 10,000 titles upon its release, and more books are expected to roll out over time. Publishers hold the responsibility of providing the digital rights and prices for items in the program (which range from free, $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99).

There is no age limit or expiration date for the Matchbook program, meaning that books all the way to 1995 – when Amazon first launched – are still eligible.

“If you logged onto your CompuServe account during the Clinton administration and bought a book like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from Amazon, Kindle MatchBook now makes it possible for that purchase—18 years later—to be added to your Kindle library at a very low cost,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish.”

That said, publishers and readers aren’t the only ones who will benefit from this program. Independent author-publishers will be able to take advantage of the program.

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Matchbook is expected to launch some time in October.

What do you think of the new Matchbook program? Will you download your physical library to your Kindle? Do you think this is a step in the right direction for Amazon?

Source: Amazon via TechCrunch | Image Credit: James Cridland

  1. F. Wright
    September 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Sounds good if....

    If this is offered in Canada at amazon.ca, then yes, I will be happy. But I have so often clicked on a link about a book e or otherwise been sent to amazon.com only to be sent to amazon .ca and told that it is not available in Canada. So, forgive me if I am not ecstatic at this news. Yes, I have complained to Amazon.

  2. Yodi Collins
    September 5, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    This was the next step for Amazon, who already offer the digital equivalent of music to those who purchase or have purchased CD from them free of additional charge. That has worked out well for me, since a few of the CD I purchased from Amazon.com in the past were gifts for others.

    I have also purchased hardback books from them, so I am looking forward to receiving the digital equivalent to read on my smartphone.

  3. Like Fun B
    September 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This is a good idea. My Amazon MP3 account became shockingly useful when Amazon added digital copies of my mid-90s CD purchases to its cloud storage services and $1 - $2 for an ebook feels like an acceptable price point to me. Maybe I'll finally feel like I can part with that hardbound copy of Gravity's Rainbow that's been anchoring the bottom of my "Books to Read" pile since the late 90s.

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