Kindle MatchBook Goes Live. Selection Better Than Expected
October 29, 2013 | 12:41 pm
By Juli Monroe
Kindle Matchbook went live today. Hooray! Or is cheering appropriate?
The selection is limited but better than we’d expected. They’ve got about 74 thousand titles available, which is more than the 10 thousand they’d mentioned in the initial press release about a month ago.
Naturally, I had to search to see if I had any qualifying titles. Nate at The Digital Reader had said he hadn’t found any, and I was expecting the same, since I rarely buy paper books. I was surprised to find two. Note that I didn’t say “pleasantly surprised.” One book I already own in digital format. (I’d lent it to a client who lost it, and when he offered to replace it, I said I preferred digital.) The other I hated so much that, years later, I still want back both the money I spent on it and the time I spent reading it. So yeah, not going to happen.
I scanned about 20 pages of the eligible books and found a LOT of romance, a smattering of fantasy and sci-fi, a handful of mysteries/thrillers, a few non fiction, and (big surprise) several books published by Amazon. In other words, pretty much what I expected. Hugh Howey’s books were in the program, and I recognized a few self-published authors.
I suspect that more recent eBook converts will find more of interest than someone like me, who basically stopped buying paper books 15 or so years ago. It could be a good deal for those who are replacing their paper libraries with e-versions, but it won’t be truly useful until the selection is better.