New At Amazon: Mac App, Kindle Journal, Automatic Charitable Donations

Amazon released a series of new services this week including Kindle MatchBook, a Cloud Desktop Player for Mac, AmazonSmile, and a new literary journal called Day One.

In September, Amazon announced the creation of Kindle MatchBook and it went live this week. (We first covered the news here.)

The service allows customers to buy free to low-cost Kindle editions of print books they’ve already purchased from Amazon.

The company says thousands of additional titles have been added since last month including: Heaven is for RealThe Things They Carried and The Way of Kings.

Amazon Cloud Player for Mac also became available for free this week at: amazon.com/getcloudplayer.

Since music fans often have their tunes stored across more than one device, the app gives Mac users a way to keep track of and access their whole music library.

Features include the ability to play Amazon and iTunes music offline, automatic detection and update of new music to a user’s library, an MP3 store, AutoRip, and instant search and play.

The free cloud backup makes music access available anywhere on a multitude of devices including: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, Samsung TV, Roku, Sonos, and PCs or web browsers.

AmazonSmile is a program that enables customers to support charities when they shop. Amazon will donate .5% of a customer’s purchase price from eligible purchases to a charity of their choice.

There’s no limit on the total donation amount Amazon will make, and close to a million organizations nationwide are listed.

Shoppers can opt to benefit the same charity each time or switch charities as they please. Once registered, all shoppers have to do is shop through the smile.amazon.com link and their purchases will automatically trigger Amazon’s donation.

Charities can learn more about signing up their organization through org.amazon.com.

Also announced today, Kindle owners now have more literature at their avail as Amazon Publishing released the first issue of its new publication, Day One.

The digital publication features short fiction, highlighting one writer and one poet every week. The service is subscription based, providing 52 issues total and costing $19.99 annually.

For a limited time, Amazon is offering the introductory rate of $9.99 annually.

Issues will be delivered each week directly to a subscriber’s Kindle or free Kindle reading app.

Debut authors will make an appearance as will works translated into English from across the globe.

In every issue, readers will find an editor’s note with information about the featured writer and poet.

Playlists, illustrations, and author interviews are some of the bonus content offered.

To sign up or learn more about Day One, visit: http://www.amazon.com/dayone.

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