MJ sent me an interesting letter during September that I have been meaning to post:
MatchBook is a new service from Amazon that is due to launch sometime in October. This service puts a new spin in the publishing world! MatchBook works like this: when you buy a print edition book from the MatchBook section of Amazon, it will allow you to also buy a copy of the same book as an e-book for either $2.99, $1.99, $.99 or free. The books have to be in the Matchbook program to qualify for this, and it will apply to thousands of books dating back to 1995 (when Amazon opened its online store). It not only applies to your present purchases, it also applies to your book purchasing history with Amazon. Did you know that Amazon has a list of every book you have ever purchased from them?
For example, if you bought the book I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb, back in 1998 from Amazon (this book is part of the MatchBook service), and you would now like to re-read it on your e-reading device, you would be able to purchase the electronic version through MatchBook for anywhere between $2.99 and free. (By the way, the prices are determined by the publishers, and the titles that are available are determined by both the publishers and the authors.) I think this is really great for those of you who love your print version books, but who are slightly envious of the convenience offered with an e-book.
This looks like a pretty great deal, MJ. Thank you so much for this letter!
[My husband read the “real book” copies of all of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, and now he is re-reading them in Kindle format (so he can control the font size). When he heard about Amazon’s MatchBook program, he wondered if these books would be in the MatchBook program. He didn’t bother to find out since he didn’t get the books from Amazon…]
Thanks, again, MJ!