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Amazon unveils MatchBook to pair print, digital books

3:55 PM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
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By Brett Molina, USA TODAY

Online retailer Amazon will launch a new service next month that allows consumers to acquire the digital versions of purchased print books for a lower price.

The program, Kindle MatchBook, will be available this October. Consumers who have purchased a physical book dating back to 1995 can snag the Kindle version for as much as $2.99.

Several authors including Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton and Jodi Picoult will have their works featured in MatchBook, but Amazon says users will have full access to their purchase history to determine which books are eligible.

"In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish," said Russ Grandinetti, vice president of Kindle Content, in a statement.

All the standard Kindle features will work with titles purchased through MatchBook, such as WhisperSync and Popular Highlights. Books acquired through the service will also be available through the company's various Kindle apps for smartphones and tablets.

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