Buy the Paperback as a Gift, Keep the Kindle for FREE (Great Gift Option)

Big Honey Dog Mysteries Holiday Collection by H.Y. Hanna


Here is a great holiday gift idea: Buy the print edition to send as a gift and keep the Kindle edition for free.

Don’t you wish you could get a free copy of every book you sent as a gift? Well, here’s your chance to do just that.

How does it work?

Buy the print book first at Amazon. That’s right, at Amazon. Then get the Kindle edition for free. Also at Amazon.

You see, Amazon has a cool program called MatchBook, whereby authors or publishers can choose to make the Kindle edition free to customers who first purchase the print edition. (Order is important. Buy the print edition first.)

Many books at Amazon don’t participate in MatchBook, and many of those that do don’t come with a free MatchBook offer.

But all of the books in the Read Tuesday MatchBook catalog (on this page: do have free MatchBook offers at Amazon. Read the instructions at the top of the Read Tuesday MatchBook catalog, which show you exactly how to take advantage of these free MatchBook offers at Amazon.

This is part of Read Tuesday, a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

We also have Kindle sale prices, Smashwords discount codes, CreateSpace discount codes, and free print books to give away.

Some of the books are already on sale. Browse the catalogs (find the links below).

Are you an author? Sign-up is free, but submissions close Saturday, December 6. (Too late? There’s always 2015.)


Find Kindle deals here:

Here is our catalog for free print books:

We also have Smashwords discount codes:

Prefer print books? Check out our catalog for CreateSpace discount codes:

Last, but not least, we have Buy-the-print-book-get-the-Kindle-free offers. These are great for gifting. Don’t you wish you could receive a free book for yourself every time you gave one as a gift? Well, here’s your chance!


Sign up no later than Saturday, December 6. The sooner, the better. Then check on the 7th to make sure it’s in the catalog (by the end of the day, Sunday).

There are many ways to participate. Almost all authors should be able to find at least one way to sign up.

Choose one of the Google Docs forms below, complete the form, and you’re signed up. Easy peasy.

Submission is easy and should go smoothly—you just fill out a Google Docs form. However, if you encounter any issues, have questions, receive an error message, or see a symptom that might suggest that your information didn’t save, please use the Contact Us form on the Read Tuesday website.

You can submit more than one book. You can sign up with more than one method.

Know fellow authors? Please tell a friend. But hurry: Time is running out!


Give the gift of reading this holiday season.

Chris McMullen, founder of Read Tuesday

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12 responses to “Buy the Paperback as a Gift, Keep the Kindle for FREE (Great Gift Option)

  1. All my books are part of the Matchbook program. In my mind, you’ve already paid for the paper copy. Having to fork out any extra money for the privilege of an electronic format, seems a bit excessive.

    It had never occurred to me that people may take advantage of that to get two copies for the price of one, but that only makes me more excited: that way, more people will read my books! 🙂

    • I think Amazon could advertise this better. MatchBook is there, a few customers know about it and take advantage. Most authors don’t market the benefits. But making the MatchBook price free and advertising how this makes for a great gifting scenario has potential. Even when it’s not the holidays, give one to a family member or friend and read the other. Or even just for yourself, you have the print edition on your home bookshelf, but the book comes up in conversation and you want to check on something… hey, you can access the Kindle edition from your Cloud…

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