One of the bigger complaints I have heard from people with Kindles, or those who are trying to shop for someone with a Kindle, is the inability to purchase books for someone as a gift – for example, if I wanted to give someone an eBook copy of Dan Brown’s latest novel The Lost Symbol, I couldn’t just go to the Amazon website and have it sent to them like you can with a regular paper book. You also can’t “loan” the book to someone like you can with a paper book – in other words, the book I may have on my Kindle can’t be transferred or “loaned” to someone else’s Kindle unless the other Kindle is linked to my account.
While I am certain there are many ways to do it, I can quickly think of one way you can technically give Kindle books to someone – books from the Amazon website, for example, vs. the numerous other places that sell or give away Kindle-compatible eBooks. I can think of another way, but it may get you and me both in trouble!
This is pretty straight-forward: buy a person who has a Kindle an Amazon gift card say for $25. For that $25, they can go get two bestsellers (at $9.99 each, assuming it’s not part of the Macmillan group) and still have about five bucks left over for other eBooks, mp3’s, or one of the other 1,000,001 items Amazon sells on its website. Your $25 will go a lot further than you picking the book out – a paper bestseller at $18 or so will chew the balance on the gift card pretty fast. You can get an Amazon gift card emailed directly to the participant or print it out on your printer to give to the recipient in their stocking; maybe you could slip it into the box containing the new Kindle you’re giving a loved one? You can pick up an Amazon gift card by clicking here.
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