Do you have crates upon crates of dusty old books that you just wish could be on your Kindle? 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.
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?