Kindle Matchbook has launched!

Kindle Matchbook has launched!

Amazon’s new program

Kindle Matchbook

which allows people who bought some p-books (paperbooks) through Amazon to buy e-book versions at a reduced price (down to free, in some cases, and not more than $2.99), is now live!

They said it would happen in October: it did. 🙂

You go to the above page, and you can click a link to see which books qualify for you (you’ll need to log in again)

When I clicked on it myself, there were (drum roll…) seven titles, each of them at $2.99.

It does make me wish I’d bought more books at Amazon, rather than Borders and Barnes & Noble, since the mid-1990s. 😉

They average 69% off of the current Kindle price, which is certainly a good deal.

I’m likely to buy a couple of them, because I want the convenience of having them be searchable and immediately available.

The first one I bought is

Motivating the “What’s In It For Me” Workforce: Manage Across the Generational Divide and Increase Profits
by Cam Marston

That has a lot of good insight into how different generations in the American workplace behave, and how it can be hard sometimes for one to understand the other.

Oh, this is interesting! If I want to gift the book, it is the normal Kindle price ($15.48 in this case). It’s weird to see a different “Buy” price and “Gift” price. I suspect some people are going to click “Gift” without realizing it.

In terms of publishers, mine broke down to:

  • Wiley
  • Adventures Unlimited
  • Minotaur
  • Avon
  • Chronicle
  • Down East
  • Newmarket

It appears that every time you visit your qualifying titles page, it recalculates the list. That makes sense (you could have bought something in-between), although it does slow things down a bit.

They are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent purchase first).

You do not need a hardware Kindle to take advantage of this: a free Kindle reading app is fine.

There is a notification on a p-book’s product page if it qualifies. When I went to the e-book product page for one I owned, it said:

Kindle MatchBook: $2.99 because you’ve purchased the print edition.
You Save: $7.00 (70%)

Here is a list of all of the

Kindle Matchbook titles

As I write this, there are 74,214 (I’ll keep an eye on this in the future, to see if it expands). Update: there are actually fewer this (Wednesday) morning, with 74,185. That’s not a lot fewer, but it is a bit odd.

Yes! I was curious about this. If you go to the product page for an e-book where you didn’t get the p-book from Amazon, and it is part of the program, it will tell you what you would pay if you buy the p-book first. I saw a ninety-nine cent Kindle title on the list, for example. Clicking on it, I saw

“If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.”

I’ll look more at the participating publishers, but I know many of you have been waiting for this, so I’m going to publish this post now, and update it later.


Thanks, Amazon!

Update: here’s a search in order of “most reviewed”:

Kindle Matchbook titles by most reviewed

I thought that might give me some insight into the publishers.

I saw a book there where I have bought the e-book and not the p-book…no mention of Kindle Matchbook on the page, which makes some sense. You can’t get a discounted p-book when you bought the e-book, just the other way around. No real reason to alert somebody to something if they can’t take advantage of it. 😉 I would see the information if I wasn’t logged in as myself.

Here are the publishers of the top ten by most reviewed:

  • Broad Reach
  • HarperCollins
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Frontline
  • HarperCollins
  • Montlake (Amazon)
  • AmazonEncore (Amazon)
  • Independent
  • HarperCollins
  • Solis Press

HarperCollins is a Big 5 (used to be Big 6, but Random House and Penguin merged) publisher.

Update: here are the

Kindle Matchbook Program Details

Some people have asked about used books. The details say

“Kindle MatchBook offers do not apply to used books, books sold by other sellers, and books not enrolled in the Kindle MatchBook program.”

Also, you only get one shot at buying the book at the reduced price. If you buy it at the reduced price, and cancel or return it, that reduced price is not available to you for a future purchase of the same title.

Let’s get a sense of how many are available to my readers:

Update: here is the

press release

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11 Responses to “Kindle Matchbook has launched!”

  1. Zebras Says:

    I have exactly 10. None of which I want to read again. One I didn’t recognize, but when I got married, we consolidated, and started using my hubby’s account, so it may have been a gift he gave someone. Pre-Kindle I tended to go to a physical store and enjoy the thrill of the hunt for new books. I think just about anything I want to re-read from the past, I have since already re-purchased for my Kindle anyhow.

  2. jjhitt Says:

    I had three at 1.99 (and I bought them all).
    I thought it was because most of my purchases have been Marketplace (used) books.

  3. Brian Says:

    It looks like i am going to be buying p-books just to get a deal on e-books. I wont be able to help myself.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Brian!

      That is one of the possibilities. You could give the p-book as a gift, or donate it…

      • Brian Says:

        That’s what I was thinking, I donate all my superceded Kindles. I am hoping to donate a KP1 soon. 🙂

  4. Tom Semple Says:

    I have two. I no longer have the print editions (or at least cannot locate them on our still numerous bookshelves) so I might wind up buying them.

    My wife had five, one of which was free (two others are already in my Kindle library as between the two of us, we bought both print and digital).

    We have bought quite a few print books from Amazon over the years so this is a little disappointing. But perhaps more publishers will come on board over time, particularly with backlist titles. What could be better than to make additional profit on a book you have already sold to someone?

    • Tom Semple Says:

      Seems this could be there could be more prominent ‘branding’ of this feature. When viewing print book description, I have to scroll down to see whether it has a Matchbook option or not. And there is nothing shown in search results.

      By contrast, CD listings have an ‘AutoRip’ logo, which also appears in search results. But of course AutoRip is free and that is added to your music library automatically.

  5. Common Sense Says:

    I had two, but I knew that would happen because I almost always purchased my physical books used from the Amazon Marketplace.

    An interesting point… my reading interests have changed a great deal since I bought those books so I’m not really interested in the Kindle versions anyway.

  6. Ann Von Hagel Says:

    FYI, I’ve been buying paper books from Amazon since 1998. I’ve bought, literally, thousands. There were 34 available to me.

    I am hoping more are added as other major publishers join the program. As it is 3% (74,000 out of 2.2million kindle books) is a pretty small percentage. Of course, a lot of those probably don’t even have paper editions as they’re independently published.

    I do believe there were a handful I bought over the last 15 years that I’d already re-purchased for Kindle — usually when they went on special — so, of course, they weren’t listed.

    When you go to the paper books buying section, the Program is prominently featured at the top.

  7. Becky Says:

    I had 8, which really surprised me, as I’ve bought probably at least ten books a year from Amazon for the past 15 years….possibly more. I guess I choose odd titles. 🙂

  8. The Year in E-Books 2013 | I Love My Kindle Says:

    […] Kindle Matchbook (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*): people had been talking about something like this since the Kindle was first introduced. You can get a reduced price (sometimes free) e-book if you bought certain p-books (paperbooks) from Amazon. One major publisher (HarperCollins) was onboard at the beginning. Has it worked? Well, it launched with about 75,000 titles, and there are almost 100,000 titles now. My impression is that the concept was well-received by customers, although they may have been a bit disappointed as to how many titles were available to them…in a poll I conducted, almost 60% of respondents had 1 to 10 titles on their list. For more information, see Kindle Matchbook has launched! […]

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