Kindle Matchbook has launched!
Amazon’s new program
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
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:
- Adventures Unlimited
- Down East
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
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.
Update: here’s a search in order of “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
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Montlake (Amazon)
- AmazonEncore (Amazon)
- Solis Press
HarperCollins is a Big 5 (used to be Big 6, but Random House and Penguin merged) publisher.
Update: here are the
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
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