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Old September 6 2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Amazon Matchbook

Not sure if people have seen or read about Amazon's new Kindle Matchbook program, but I think it's pretty cool. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...cId=1001373341

It looks like for anywhere from free to $2.99, you will be able to purchase a digital copy of any book you've purchased from Amazon dating back to 1995 (i.e. every book you've ever purchased from Amazon) and through the future.

This has always been my biggest complaint about ebooks, it really does not cost them anything to produce, so why not give away a digital copy with the purchase of a hardcopy, the way a lot of movies and music albums do. Frankly, I think it encourages people to purchase the e-readers.

I actually have a lot of Trek lit I've purchased, but have not yet read that I'm excited to take advantage of this program with. I'm hoping its closer to the free side than the $2.99.

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Old September 6 2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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That's a nice idea!

Momentarily, I'm trying to get rid off my dead tree books, and slowly want to swap my entire ST literature with eBooks. This could be a boon.
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Old September 6 2013, 03:47 PM   #3
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

Yeah, it's a great program for all who like to read digital.

I'm still old school. I like the feel of a book in my hands when reading.
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Old September 6 2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

Really excited about this. I bought an ipad several months ago, and I can't go back. Its so nice to have all of your books on hand, ready to read. My shelf space can be better reserved for really nice editions, and art books.

From what I've read however, its an opt in service. So unfortunately, not every book is going to apply for the reduced prices.
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Old September 6 2013, 04:32 PM   #5
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Really excited about this. I bought an ipad several months ago, and I can't go back. Its so nice to have all of your books on hand, ready to read. My shelf space can be better reserved for really nice editions, and art books.

From what I've read however, its an opt in service. So unfortunately, not every book is going to apply for the reduced prices.
Ah, that's a little disappointing. But I guess we'll see...
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Old September 6 2013, 04:37 PM   #6
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

Hope it spreads to the UK.

At the moment it's like buying a CD but not being able to put it on your Ipod...
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Old September 6 2013, 04:46 PM   #7
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I know Baen used to provide a CD with some of the hard back editions of their novels (and not just of the book you'd just bought).

I can see certain publishers not opting in but I like the idea for when I'm on the move. (Again, assuming it comes to the UK).
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Old September 6 2013, 08:23 PM   #8
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

One thing that will be interesting to see is whether or not amazon reduced prices will impact your opportunity to purchase the ebook variant. You can get books that sell for upwards of twenty dollars on the shelf for half that cost on amazon.

So, by that logic, you could end up purchasing an ebook and a hard copy for less than the shelf value price.
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Old September 7 2013, 12:07 AM   #9
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

dansigal wrote: View Post
Not sure if people have seen or read about Amazon's new Kindle Matchbook program, but I think it's pretty cool. http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.htm...cId=1001373341

It looks like for anywhere from free to $2.99, you will be able to purchase a digital copy of any book you've purchased from Amazon dating back to 1995 (i.e. every book you've ever purchased from Amazon) and through the future.

This has always been my biggest complaint about ebooks, it really does not cost them anything to produce, so why not give away a digital copy with the purchase of a hardcopy, the way a lot of movies and music albums do. Frankly, I think it encourages people to purchase the e-readers.

I actually have a lot of Trek lit I've purchased, but have not yet read that I'm excited to take advantage of this program with. I'm hoping its closer to the free side than the $2.99.

Same here. I've got some old books that are so battered and discolored I don't even like to touch them. So there a lot of books I haven't read for a while.
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Old September 7 2013, 02:04 AM   #10
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

I hope Star Trek books become a part of this program. There are a ton of books I've been thinking of re-buying in e-book form. Luckily, a good number of them were purchased via amazon (though, perhaps a relatively small percentage of the total).

Question: does this program cover "new" quality books purchased by Amazon's third-party sellers? How about used books?
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Old September 7 2013, 02:11 AM   #11
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This is a really cool idea, I hope Barnes & Noble will do something similar.
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Old September 7 2013, 04:47 AM   #12
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My wife is committed to physical books. I'm committed to e-books. Sometimes we will both pick up the same book to read together. This would be nice as it will reduce the over all price of this sometimes.
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Old September 7 2013, 05:53 AM   #13
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jpv2000 wrote: View Post
Yeah, it's a great program for all who like to read digital.

I'm still old school. I like the feel of a book in my hands when reading.
Not sure why people who don't like ebooks feel the need to tell everybody they don't like ebooks every time ebooks are mentioned. Thanks info.
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Old September 7 2013, 09:57 AM   #14
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jpv2000 wrote: View Post
Yeah, it's a great program for all who like to read digital.

I'm still old school. I like the feel of a book in my hands when reading.
Not sure why people who don't like ebooks feel the need to tell everybody they don't like ebooks every time ebooks are mentioned. Thanks info.
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jpv2000, eBooks are BOOKS. Get over it please. And the one thing you get from an eBook that you do not get from a paper book is a consistent feel as long as you read using the same device. With a pBook, you get hardcover, and various paperbacks that all feel different. The new taller/thinner paperbacks that were created to be able to raise the paperback prices feel like an abomination in the hand. So how anyone could say they like the feel is just beyond understanding.
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Old September 7 2013, 01:38 PM   #15
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Re: Amazon Matchbook

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Question: does this program cover "new" quality books purchased by Amazon's third-party sellers? How about used books?
My guess would be probably not, although it would certainly be nice. Given how low the price of used books can go [and the fact that publishers don't get a cut], they'll probably be exempt.

But on the other hand, its still a chance for an author to make extra money off of a sale they would have not gotten anything from in the first place...
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