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 two ways 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.
The first way 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 participants which, in my opinion, are in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act) 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 plus sales tax or shipping will chew the balance on the gift card pretty fast. You can get an Amazon gift card emailed or snail mailed directly to the participant or print it out on your printer to give to the recipient in their birthday or anniversary card for example; 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.
I did mention there were two ways I could think of, and the above was the first way. The second way violates the terms of service – so I think it would be best if I kept that perceived method to myself!
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