Amazon's Giving You Discounted Digital Copies of Physical Books You Own

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Finally fulfilling one of customers' most requested features, Amazon has just announced Kindle MatchBook—a feature that lets customers buy digital editions of Amazon-purchased print books for as little as, well, nothing.

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The program follows in the footsteps of the incredibly similar Auto Rip program, which launched earlier this year and gave Amazon customers who purchased physical CDs—all dozens of them—cloud-based MP3 versions of the tracks, too. MatchBook will extend to purchases made all the way back to 1995, which, for most people, should be more than enough to cover any online book purchase. The Kindle versions will be either free or discounted from anywhere between $1 and $3 starting in October, and 10,000 books will be available at launch.

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As much as some may attempt to prematurely herald in the physical book's demise, even major proponents of e-readers still buy real, live, paper copies fairly often, and MatchBook could be a major incentive to continue to do so. Nw more than ever, it seems as though we're moving into a world where electronic and the hardcopy literature is destined to coexist peacefully and side-by-side.

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I like the Kindle, I also like the Nook...hell, I like E-paper in general, however...I still am almost irresistibly drawn to buying actual books. I can't shake it, I've tried. I'd rather read an actual book. It's like my eyes just sigh in relief (compared to the 18 hours a day I have my head buried in some screen or another) when they're just reading words on actual paper...and that's something E-paper doesn't quite get to yet.

I also like the fact that a book generally is accessible whenever and I can't really have my licensing revoked when it comes to ownership...but that's just me being old fashioned.