Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kindle Matchbook: Amazon Has Done it Again

We all know Amazon is constantly changing the way we buy things, and that's why they're so crazy successful. They're the reason I don't have to get out of my pajamas to go shopping, or spend $50 in gas to go to a decent shopping mall in my hick little area of the world. They're the reason I'm able to publish my books at a decent price, and make them available to people on the other side of the world. They're the reason I've become hooked on so many different TV series, and therefore don't have much of a social life. And today they announced Kindle Matchbook, a program in which authors will be selling their digital books at a discounted price to anyone who has already purchased the paper version.
I see this as a great opportunity for both readers AND writers alike. As a reader, I'm constantly purchasing the kindle versions as I have ZERO patience. Even with second day service through Amazon Prime, if I get excited about reading something, I want it now. But I also have a very large collection on my bookshelf, and I like to add anything that I'm pretty sure I'll read again. And if it's something I end up absolutely loving, I HAVE to have a copy so I can put it up on the shelf, and fawn over it daily. But the times I do buy just the hard copy of something, every time I wish I had the digital copy, too, so I can read it in the dark when my husband is snoring at my side, or when we're on a trip and, of course, I've forgotten the book at home.

Although my digital books are already sold at a low price, and therefore I likely won't participate in this program, big time authors who sometimes charge up to $9 for a digital copy will probably make a little extra money on those of us who want both versions, but can't necessarily afford to buy both at full price. It will be interesting to see what big-named authors choose to jump on this bandwagon. It's just as they say, the publishing industry is changing. With mega companies like Amazon leading the way, you just never know what new idea will influence the way we read next.


J.A. Ward said...

Huh, that is interesting! I wonder if it will evolve (or already includes) the reversal of this. I usually buy digital now just because there are usually sales going on and it's just cheaper. But if I absolutely loved the book and need it for my shelf, I want to buy the paper version too. If they could give a discount as well for the paper version if you already bought the digital version, I would be super stoked for that!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This sounds great. I like that it helps print copies as well because people are often saying e-books are killing those on paper. J.A. Ward's idea of the reverse is also really good. Plus I saw Mortal Instruments Saturday evening and enjoyed it. Yes it's not a great movie but it was quite good especially the action scenes and some of the changes made parts better than the book.

S.K. Anthony said...

This sounds really awesome! I hadn't heard a thing about it.
This industry really is changing. I love having hardcopies but like you I have no patience lol I'm excited for the possibilities!

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