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How to Gift an E-book

Here is our 5-step Guide to Gifting E-books

  1. Find out where the lucky one usually buys his or her ebooks. Use any sleuthing technique you would normally use to find out what kind of present to give them (i.e., ask spouses or kids). Chances are it is from on of the “big 4″: Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Apple iBooks (iPad, iPhone or iPod touch) or Kobobooks (Kobo).
  2. Go to our easy-to-use list of links to the corresponding pages on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles or Kobo. If the person reads on iBooks, jump to note below (Apple ways, as usual, are a little different), so you are just one click away from the book you want to offer.
  3. On the page listing the book, look at the right-hand side. Depending on the bookseller, you will see a link saying “Give as a gift,” “Buy as gift” or “Send as gift.” It’s really that easy.
  4. On the next page, type in the email address of the person you want to give the book to. Then his or her name, followed by yours. Add a personal message and, here’s the trick, choose when you want this book to be delivered. It doesn’t have to be right away: you decide when they will get the gift. It could be on a birthday, or on Christmas morning. This of course means you can do all your shopping well ahead of time.
  5. Now, just pay for the book, through your account. You can also pay with your credit card or a Paypal account on Kobo.
Note for Apple iBooks users: If your gift receivers read on an iPad using iBooks, there is no easy way to give them a book directly. But you can offer them a gift card that  they will use to buy one or several books for their account. To do this, open iTunes on your computer. In the right-hand side column, click on Buy iTunes Gifts. Choose whether you want to get an email or a print gift certificate by clicking on the corresponding “buy now” link. Fill in the form and choose the amount you want to give (from $10 to $50). Add a personal message and you’re done. If you really want to give them a specific book, tell your iPad friends that they can also read any ebook they want by installing the corresponding app. There is one for each format: Kindle, Nook or Kobo. Once they have done that, you can offer them the ebook of your choice by following the previous steps.

Christmas Special: Turn Your E-books into Real Stocking Stuffers

It’s easy to turn this electronic book into a very tangible stocking stuffer. Download these easy-to-print bookmarks for each of their titles. Choose a nice thick piece paper and have it ready for the stocking, or to serve up with breakfast in bed.




Just click on one of these bookmarks to get an easy to print and to cut out PDF.