Amazon MatchBook: Get Kindle Versions of Your Purchases

Remember when Amazon AutoRip went live and almost every hard-media CD you’d ever bought from Amazon (even those you’d bought as gifts for others) was automatically available as an MP3 download or cloud streaming file? For free?

That was great.

Amazon MatchBook does something similar for books and Kindle. Books you’ve bought in hard copy are available now for Kindle.

Unlike Autorip, MatchBook is not necessarily free, nor is it, at this point, all that comprehensive.

First, the price: Kindle versions of prior purchases are $3, $2, $1, or free, depending upon the book. Most of  mine were listed at $3. It also works for new purchases.

Of the many books I’ve bought going back to 2004, only 17 are now available. There are some interesting items in there, and I might Kindleize (it’s a word because I say it’s a word) one or two. As more become available, it will be more attractive, but giving free or low-price e-versions away with hard copies is a great value.

This is something you might want to check on every few months, since the list of supported titles may grow.

Log into your account and see what’s available.

Part of my Kindle MatchBook list: hardly complete, but a nice start.

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