I am SO excited! Since the boom era of the e-readers began a few years ago, I’ve been saying the publishers and retailers need to find a way to make digitizing one’s library more accessible and affordable for book addicts like me. We want to downsize our physical goods but, for those of us with an extensive library, it’s cost prohibitive to re-purchase most or all of our books in digital form.
Finally Amazon has announced the launch of Kindle MatchBook, an arrangement that lets you purchase the Kindle edition of books you’ve already bought from them in print at a low price. The MatchBook list includes 10,000 titles for which past, present, and future print-edition purchases will allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free. Given the number of books in the world, it seems likely the list will grow if the launch is successful. MatchBook offers will include Amazon purchases all the way back to 1995 when the online retailer opened.
While this only applies to Amazon shoppers who use Kindles, it’s still a great innovation that will no doubt soon be adapted in various ways by other e-book retailers. I have a VERY hard time reducing my book collection beyond a certain point because there’s nothing quite like the physical presence of certain beloved volumes, but this could help me reduce my book collection quite a bit without those painful moments of loss: “I just wanted to read that one paragraph one more time, but I gave that book away last month!”
Here’s a list of ten books I’ll be searching for as soon as the Kindle BookMatch service gets started:
- Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World by Ross Chapin and Sarah Susanka
- Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter by Lloyd Kahn
- Cabins: A Guide to Building Your Own Nature Retreat by David Stiles and Jeanie Stiles
- Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck
- Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D. K. Ching
- The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health by Annie Leonard
- The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul by Dave Bruno
- Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar
- The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi
- Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez and Monique Tilford
For more information and when Kindle MatchBook will be released, click here.