Amazon Matchbook bundles real books, Kindle version


The romantic in us says that print books still have a space in this technology-ridden age. But the opposing realist says there’s no way in hell we’ll pay for both the print and Kindle edition at retail price. The Kindle Matchbook, then, is a healthy compromise. The Kindle Matchbook is a feature that will allow you to buy a print copy of a book and then get the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less or for free, depending on the title. Matchbook is not just for the books you bought after the October launch, but any book you bought in Amazon since it opened in 1995. Mindblown. You can purchase a Kindle edition of, let’s say, that raunchy romance novel secretly read in 1996, once the publisher enrols it in Matchbook through There are now over 10,000 books enrolled in the service in time for the October launch. Some books are from bestselling authors such as Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, John Irving, and Ray Bradbury, plus everything from Amazon publishing. This number will increase once more publishers become comfortable with the program and perhaps see its benefits to early adopters. As for the rest of us, it’s a win. Words Elaine Cotoner