29 October 2013

Amazon Strikeout

Today Amazon launched the Kindle Matchbook, a program where you can buy sharply discounted e-books of the hard-copy books you have bought in the past. At least, that's how it's supposed to work! I have been buying books on Amazon for roughly 11 years. Here are my available Matchbooks:

Of these, #5 is the only one I'm honestly tempted to re-buy for Kindle (because I either donated or lent out my copy of THE BELIEVERS). And I'm not going to do it today. #1, #3 and #7 I still own in print (because they are terrific). #6 was a gift, and I'm not feeling the need to own LITTLE, BIG or IF YOU HAVE TO CRY, GO OUTSIDE (only God can judge me) in perpetuity.

It's a great concept but until more publishers get involved, it's not exactly setting the world on fire.

1 comment:

D.H. Sayer said...

I had no books currently available in the matchbook program. I'm getting burned because I bought a lot of stuff used from Amazon marketplace.

Is anyone else a little weirded out by all this fire-related terminology Amazon keeps coming up with in relation to books? "Kindle" could've been overlooked, but "Matchbook"? Really? It's like you literally have to burn all your books to gain admission into Amazon's ecosystem.