Last month Amazon announced MatchBook, a new service that gives customers the option to get discounted Kindle versions of physical books they've already bought. It launched today with support for over 70,000 titles, seven times what the company promised would be available from the get go. Discounted books range from free to $2.99.


Eligible books date back to 1995, the year when Amazon first launched its online bookstore. Just remember that only purchases tied to your current account will apply, so while many of us didn't have email address way back when, those that did probably haven't held on to them.

MatchBook can search a user's library all at once and present a list of which books are offered for a discount. If one of the books you purchased isn't yet available, there's a chance it will become so eventually. Book publishers understand that readers aren't inclined to buy books they already own, so this is better than nothing.

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  • projectmisha

    at the end - "they already on(own)"

    • Pamela Hill

      He fixed.

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  • projectmisha

    I noticed my books, which there were about 30-40 available, almost all were 2.99. This seems like another money grab. They should be free. Maybe 99 cents. Not 2.99.

    • crazyg0od33

      i actually think that OLD books should be $2.99, and all brand new books should be free or $0.99

      I'd be more inclined to repurchase my OLD books to reread than I would be to pay for a digital copy of my brand new book.

  • Garrett Bridges

    I can see why some people would think this should be free or insanely cheap, but I'm glad it's available at all. This bothered me when I first got a Kindle, and I never really thought it would be solved. For being an insanely large behemoth corporation, Amazon does some pretty customer-friendly things.

  • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

    It's nice enough, but very few (half a dozen or so) of my many purchases were available, and none of the ones I'd like. However, I'm glad some will be able to use this option.

  • james kendall

    ok wtf is with that link? that's not amazon. please use the real amazon link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/ep-landing-page?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

    • Andy Stetson

      um, it's to the press release. owned by amazon.

      • james kendall

        ok phx.corporate-ir.net seemed suspicious to me.

  • Robert Boluyt

    Seems more like a money grab to me. I'd love to have the ability to convert my print collection to a Kindle version, but I'm not going to pay 3 dollar for it when I can just go to a *redacted* site and download it for free. And with a clear conscience since I already own the material .

  • Sokudoningyou

    When they offer *all* their books for this deal, maybe I'll be interested. As it stands, I apparently don't buy popular enough books to make the list.

  • Steve Freeman

    Figures...I just wanted to read through Raymond E. Feist's entire Midkemia series again, and purchased them all from the Kindle store...a bunch of which I had purchased from Amazon as physical books within the last ~10 years. At least some of which are available through Matchbook. :/