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Amazon Finally Bundles Ebooks With Printed Books 135

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nk497 writes "Amazon is bundling ebooks with print copies for the first time, via its Kindle MatchBook programme, admitting that 'bundling print and digital has been one of the most requested features from customers.' The digital copies won't all be free — as with AutoRip, which offers free MP3s for selected CDs and records — but Amazon promises to charge no more than $3 per digital copy. The programme will apply to books bought as far back as Amazon's 1995 launch. So far, only 10,000 books are listed as being part of Kindle MatchBook, but Amazon hopes to add more, telling publishers it 'adds a new revenue stream.'"
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Amazon Finally Bundles Ebooks With Printed Books

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  • by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Tuesday September 03, 2013 @12:13PM (#44747193)
    Fortunately, Amazon is not alone on the online books market. Other companies (eg some publishers) sell books online along with a free PDF. This is why competition has to be kept alive, and Amazon should not be the only choice when it comes to purchasing books, movies or music.
    • by PRMan (959735)
      Is there even any competition to buy MP3s besides Amazon?
      • by mattack2 (1165421)

        Not actually answering your question, there are other places selling *unprotected* music. Does it absolutely have to be MP3? e.g. iTunes songs are AAC, but have no copy protection.

        emusic sells mp3s, and amplified.com, and I think a lot of other places. (I got a ton of free music with the now-dead pepsilootstore app that simply gave you free credits on amplified.com.)

        I can see how a PDF would be useful on a computer, but would it be useful on an e-reader? Not as much, I don't think so, e.g. no reflowing/

  • When I can buy an ebook for the same price as a used copy of an actual book, we'll talk. Until then, I'm not falling for it.
    • by h4rr4r (612664)

      I used to think that, but at some point I can't keep doing it. What the hell am I supposed to do with the books? I have an entire wall covered in them. Unless I want my house to look like a library something has to give.

      • by Type44Q (1233630)

        Unless I want my house to look like a library

        Sounds like a dream-come-true to me. :p

        • by suutar (1860506)
          I wouldn't mind that, but that much wall space is pricey. (Add in the wall space for framed posters and such and we're getting into 'need a fractal house' territory :)
        • by h4rr4r (612664)

          Go look at what shelves/bookcases cost and get back to me. I am already putting up shelf supports and wood planks as that is cheaper than real bookcases.

          • by Lumpy (12016)

            $59.00 for a 6 shelf tall unit. IKEA is your friend.

            • by h4rr4r (612664)

              Now go find one the wife will tolerate, not some particle board thing.

              • by Lumpy (12016)

                Go find a wife that is not a high maintaince money grubbing type. If she freaks out at those you need to ditch her as soon as you possibly can.

                You will save a LOT more in the long run.

                • by h4rr4r (612664)

                  I save a lot more by just hanging decent wood shelves on the wall.

                  She is not high maintenance, but she does recognize cheap shit when she sees it. Do your really want to have particle board furniture in your home? That shit is for dorm rooms.

            • $59.00 for a 6 shelf tall unit. IKEA is your friend.

              Can that support books without bowing? I'm under the impression that IKEA sells meatballs and compressed sawdust, but that's just from hearsay, they don't have them around here.

              • by h4rr4r (612664)

                I am sure it can for a very short time.
                The food is decent, the particle board furniture is good for what it is. They are meant to generally be decorative and not that durable.

              • by 0123456 (636235)

                Our non-IKEA book shelves are made from compressed sawdust. They don't bow unless you try to fit three layers of books onto a shelf designed for one.

              • If it's anything like the IKEA shelves I've seen, it can't support itself without bowing.

              • Can that support books without bowing? I'm under the impression that IKEA sells meatballs and compressed sawdust, but that's just from hearsay, they don't have them around here.

                IKEA sells cheap stuff for cheap money. They also sell excellent quality products for a lot more than the cheap rubbish.

        • I don't mind my house looking like a library. But there's a non-trivial chance that if I kept buying physical books, I'd hit critical mass and my entire house would collapse into a black hole.

      • by lgw (121541)

        This is it in a nutshell (dammit, I hate agreeing with h4rr4r ). I have a bedroom converted to a library, and about 1000 physical books, and I regularly purge them when I move. If I could find a reader I actually like, I'd be happy to stick to ebooks and recorded books in the future.

        For a DRMed ebook, I'll pay no more than a paperback, because both have a diminishing chance to still be readable as the years pass. But a DRM-free ebook? I'll happily pay hardback prices, because I literally have a ton of h

      • I used to think that, but at some point I can't keep doing it. What the hell am I supposed to do with the books? I have an entire wall covered in them. Unless I want my house to look like a library something has to give.

        Several years ago we bought my wife a Kindle for this very reason - our bookshelves were full, and we had resorted to stacking books on the floor in front of them! It's worked out quite well; and now my daughter and I both also own Kindles.

        I still chafe at the DRM (which I strip, and save copies of the books to our main backup drive); but electronic books are very convenient. I'm now a believer.

      • by wbr1 (2538558)
        http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/ [littlefreelibrary.org]
      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        What the hell am I supposed to do with the books? I have an entire wall covered in them.

        Donate them to the public library; donate them to organizations that provide books for the poor; sell them at a used book store, there are all sorts of solutions.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Please do this with textbooks!

  • I have several series in hardback that I'd like to continue with. But since I travel a lot, kindle is more convenient.

    I would say I couldn't be happier about this, but I want this extended to audiobooks.
    • by lgw (121541)

      Amazon today sells their Kindle+Audible bundle cheaper than the audiobook alone, though it's more than the per-audiobook price with an Audible subscription.

      • by Cinder6 (894572)

        though it's more than the per-audiobook price with an Audible subscription.

        Depends. You can get a number of ebooks+audiobooks for less than the Audible subscription of $15. For instance, I just got David Brin's Existence for $8.54+$3.99 to tide me over until my next credit comes in. In the past, I bought The Man in the High Castle for $2 (Kindle Daily Deal) + 3.99, which was pretty cool.

  • Only they do it with multiple ebook formats.

  • I had no idea I would take to ebooks so vociferously. I checked my Amazon account recently and was astounded that I have over 200 titles in there that I've picked up (some free, many at the .99-1.99 range) over the years. I still buy dead trees (mostly programming references.. I have yet to embrace electronic documentation in full), but I did notice that Manning (?.. the ... In Action books) seems to include an ebook code in all of their print books.

    • by suutar (1860506)
      One thing I really wish they'd add to the kindle reader (they had it in the WebOS beta version, but that never left beta) is categories for books. Would be nice to be able to put all the books in a series into one category. (Being able to file a book into multiple categories, a la gmail 'labels', would be even better :)
      • by 0123456 (636235)

        My Kindle lets you put books in categories. Or do you mean they should automatically give you a category view using the categories from the Amazon site? That's what I'd like to see.

        • by suutar (1860506)
          I mean I'd like that functionality in the Kindle app on my android tablet and iphone. Though I can see why they might want that to be a reason to get an actual Kindle.
      • One thing I really wish they'd add to the kindle reader (they had it in the WebOS beta version, but that never left beta) is categories for books.

        Check out calibre [calibre-ebook.com] for library management and sideloading of e-books. It can do categories, and export them to the Kindle.

  • This should keep me from scanning, OCRing and formatting books I bought off of Amazon just for the convienance of reading on an eReader. I was just so annoyed that print copies cost less than digital copies.

  • There's definitely some titles sitting in a box somewhere I'd love to have the ebook for now that I've moved most of my reading to it (outside the out of print stuff they haven't deemed worthy of ebookness yet).

    I've been pretty pleased with the AudioRip stuff on amazon - in a few cases its actually been cheaper (with Prime) to get the CD instead of the digital album (or maybe $0.50 difference). True that it starts out in the "cloud player" but its been easy enough to file the resulting files off to my home

  • by Anonymous Coward

    A lot of the Baen hardcovers come packaged with CDs that contain multiple ebooks. If you buy a hardcover copy of, say, Mission of Honor, of the long-running Honor Harrington series, the packaged CD contains the *entire* series in multiple formats.

  • Long after I started switching to eBooks, my wishlist still had print titles on it and I continued to receive them as gifts from friends and family that know I read a lot. I wonder if this will apply to those books that were purchased off my wishlist directly.

    Of course they will only work on Kindle, since that's what Amazon sells. But that's easy enough to get around :)

  • I get all my Ebook versions of dead trees that Iown for free from TPB, and will continue to do so as I refuse to allow DRM on my books.

    • by Nimey (114278)

      Watch out, people, we've got a badass here. I'm sure you'd find some other excuse for pirating books even if they were DRM-free.

      Nice attempt to claim the moral high ground when it's clear you don't have any morals.

      • by Lumpy (12016)

        If I am being compared to your morals, then I am proud to have NO morals at all compared to you, utterly beaming proud.

        • by Nimey (114278)

          Your reply is content-free ignorant chest thumping, and deeply stupid besides.

      • by Ecuador (740021)

        Hmm, it is a bit of a stretch to call "pirating" the act of downloading an electronic version of a book you own. I would more easily call "pirating" someone trying to get you to pay multiple times for different formats of the same content.
        This new Amazon feature though definitely a good move. Especially if the $0-$1 charge are more common than the $2-$3 charge - we'll see about that I guess.

  • Hey Chapters/Indigo,

    Retail bookstores need to do this. If they can get the pricing right, they might actually get my business back

  • I really wanted to get one of my friends into the "Planetary" series of comic books. I made the decision to buy them all for the Kindle. I'm not about to lend out my Kindle. Now I can lend out the hardcopy for someone to check out.

  • Matchbook is a great solution for print books purchased from Amazon... but what about all the books you buy at B&N, Chapters (Canada), your local indie bookseller, the used bookshop around the corner, or that you received as gifts? A Canadian start-up called BitLit ( www.bitlit.ca [bitlit.ca]) has developed a solution for print and eBook bundling no matter where you got the print copy. (Full disclosure, I'm one of the founders of BitLit). Simply write your name on the book's copyright page, submit a photo using t
  • I would suggest an addition service be added to this program: I would like amazon to hold my physical copy of the book and send them to me should the ebook ever become unavailable to me.
  • I wonder how they will deal with buying books for gifts. If I bought a physical copy of a book and gave it as a gift to someone else, would I get a free/cheap Kindle copy to keep for myself?

  • I am Italian,and I always read books written in English in the original language. Over the years, I think I bought the "S" in Bezos. As soon as Ebooks came out, I thought about ways to get the books I bought in paper version electronically, and I expected Amazon to offer something like that.
    After all, they know every book I bought off them over the years, and that I own a Kindle. It does not strike me as such a big insight to offer me, for a fee, my whole library in E-book form.
  • by Synchis (191050)

    Done. I've already set up my books to give the eBook away for free when you buy the paperback.

    So that means y'all should rush out and grab my paperbacks to get the free eBook, right? ;)

    (P.S.: Just in case you're ready to take me up on that, http://amazon.com/author/thomasaknight [amazon.com] is where they're at.)

  • Do they exist on computers (Linux, Windows and Mac OS X?) for those who do not have Kindle hardwares?

  • First I thought that it's nice, maybe they have some of the books I bought if the go back to the days of Amazon starting. Then I checked and I haven't bought any books since before 2006. I know that because the only entry in my order history the last years is from 2006, and it was some CDs.

    All books I have bought have been using other email accounts, accounts I no longer have access to, or even remember. So no ebooks for me.

  • there is a nice little FAQ on submitting book reviews, but, how do we do it? I mean.. the machanics of it? Submitting a Story isn't submitting a book review, What am I missing?

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