Remember a few years ago when you didn't own a Kindle because you just weren't sure if it would be as satisfying as physically turning the page of paper copies? The good news is that you've changed your foolish
ways and got on the e-reader bandwagon. The bad news is that you have enough paper books to have started the wildfire at Yosemite National Park.
Start looking around at all of the bookcases taking over your home and wish that you could magically convert the hard copies of your books to Kindle copies. Then try to be patient for October; that's when Kindle Matchbook will launch and you actually can.
Amazon announced Kindle Matchbook last week, informing customers that "For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free." By past, they mean any book that you've purchased from Amazon since they opened for (book) business in 1995. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can download one of the free Kindle apps for your phone, computer, or tablet and use this feature. 10,000 books are available for this October 2013 launch; more will be available depending on the willingness of the books' publisher.
Kindle MatchBook features include:
• Kindle editions at a great price: Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased qualifying print books can get the Kindle edition for prices that are typically $2.99, $1.99,$0.99, or free.
• For book purchases dating back to 1995: 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.
• Easy discovery: Readers can easily look up their entire print book order history to discover which of their past purchases are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.
• Popular Kindle-only features: As with regular purchases, Kindle MatchBook titles have unique features such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, and X-Ray.
• Read anywhere capabilities: In addition to Amazon’s best-selling Kindle devices, customers can download a free Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, PC or Mac and start building their Kindle library today.
Kindle Matchbook is similar to Amazon Autorip which was launched in January in which customers can obtain free MP3 versions of CDs that they purchased through the website since Amazon's music store debut in 1998.