Kindle MatchBook matches print with digital

In October, Amazon will offer low-cost or free digital versions of new physical books people have bought from Amazon since 1995

MATCHBOOK. Amazon plans to match people's physical book purchases with low-cost digital editions when October rolls around. Screen shot from Amazon.com

MANILA, Philippines – Long-standing Amazon users likely started buying physical books through Amazon long before e-books came in force. Now, Amazon is offering people the chance to match their print purchases with digital versions.

Called Kindle MatchBook, the service gives customers the option to purchase digital versions of print books they’ve bought via Amazon.

According to Amazon’s MatchBook announcement, “print purchases all the way back to 1995 — when Amazon first opened its online bookstore — will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook.”

Kindle MatchBook’s prices depend on the book, but with the varying prices ranging from US$2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or in some cases no additional cost at all, it seems like a good deal for those who want a permanent digital copy of books they’ve grown to love.

Currently, around 10,000 books are slated to be part of the MatchBook initiative, which is slated to launch in October. More information can be found at the Amazon.com Kindle MatchBook page Rappler.com

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