I already tweeted about this, but I feel Amazon’s newest program is worth blogging about:
Amazon has rolled out its Kindle MatchBook, a new program that allows customers the option to purchase discounted Kindle Editions of print books that they have purchased new from Amazon. The eBook editions are sold as an add-on purchase. Most cost somewhere between free and $2.99.
I knew they were going to do this eventually. It was inevitable. They already give you the digital versions of songs if you buy the CD. With the popularity of ebooks on the rise, it was only a matter of time before they did something like this. And I approve of it (c’mon, Amazon, I know you were looking for the approval of an obscure blogger whose existence you probably weren’t even aware of. Don’t be bashful).
The only part I don’t like is that you will have to pay for some ebook editions. $2.99 isn’t much, true, and most will probably cost less than that, but it still seems like a rip-off to me. At least you don’t have to pay the same price for the ebook as the print edition.
What do you think? Good, bad, or meh?