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Maybe us next? You can now give ebooks as a gift in the US kindle store


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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 22:49:41 BDT
CBRetriever says:
have you tried the actual publisher's website - often they offer ebooks directly (this is what Denis is suggesting)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 22:22:11 BDT
com says:
I'm going to try this Jeremy, thank you so much for helping me.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 22:20:16 BDT
com says:
My sincerest apologies Denis, I just didn't think that anyone would be bothered hearing about the ins-and-outs of what I'd like to buy my boyfriend for his birthday. I thought outlining that I'd like to buy a book as a present would suffice information-wise.

I appreciate your help and advice. It's available from amazon.com, but I can't gift from there. Any other website that offers ebooks (eg: nook, kobo, Eason, iBooks....etc) don't have the book that I'm looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 15:11:40 BDT
Denis Powell says:
One of the problems in these discussions I'd that people start by saying one thing and then add more information later. If you'd said that the book was wanted my reply would have been different.

Have you checked to see if the book is available from a source that allows Gifting?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 14:11:05 BDT
CBRetriever says:
it's not available on the other kindle stores either;

amazon.de
amazon.fr
amazon.it
amazon.es
amazon.co.au (they don't even have wish lists)
amazon.com.br (ditto)
amazon.ca
amazon.cn
amazon.in
amazon.co.jp
amazon.com.mx (no wish lists either)
and I may have forgotten one or two

the stores with no wish lists sell no physical items and Amazon seems to regard wish lists as being primarily for physical items

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 13:59:09 BDT
Jeremy Webb says:
Com, the gift card "customisation" here is pretty close to what you need: http://echoebooks.com/blog/160-giving-a-kindle-ebook-as-a-gift . My guess is that the UK Kindle infrastructure is so different to the US (as are Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk) that it's just not easy to gift in the UK, otherwise of course they'd do it.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 13:58:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2014 13:58:52 BDT
@Com: You can only do 2 things to "repair" a Kindle - Reset it by pressing the power button or Restore Factory Defaults.

There are pages on here of people asking the SAME QUESTION on how to do these really simple tasks.
And you wonder why Amazon despair of the human race being able to cope with a new option of gifting books and not screwing it up and then demanding a facility to repair their mistakes?
Good Lord, 4 million posts are about how difficult it is to read a LCD screen in sunlight. Next there will 44 million posts asking how to read!

Moi? Cynical?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 13:08:36 BDT
com says:
I wonder why it wouldn't be in Amazon's interest? It'd be nice to hear their point of view!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 13:07:06 BDT
com says:
I see your point, but it's just that I'm buying a few small presents for my boyfriend's 30th to go with his main present. Months ago, he mentioned this book to me in passing, said that he heard it was brilliant, but could only be bought in America. In a way, he's right because the physical book cannot be posted outside the US; but it's on the kindle store!

So I'd just really like it if he got an email on his birthday saying that I bought him the book and all he has to do is download it! Isn't that the essence of a present?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2014 08:16:30 BDT
Denis Powell says:
You could interpret a gifted book as "Read this book - because I say you should and I won't let you to spend my money on a book of your own choice".

I can't imagine any keen reader not welcoming a Gift Voucher.

Posted on 26 Jul 2014 06:32:36 BDT
ChrisJ says:
Re> Surely it would be in Amazon's interest (as well as ours) to provide this for Kindle books too.
Surely it is NOT in Amazon 's interest. Otherwise they would have introduced it by now.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2014 23:47:27 BDT
I completely agree. Really can't understand why giving Kindle books as gifts hasn't been implemented yet. The 'GIVE AS A GIFT' option is there on Audible (also owned by Amazon). Surely it would be in Amazon's interest (as well as ours) to provide this for Kindle books too.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2014 23:41:09 BDT
com says:
I know that's an option, just think that it takes the whole 'I bought you a present....surprise!!' element out of things. It's more 'I've bought you this voucher, so you better spend it on this book because I said so' and I think that's a little less personal or something.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2014 23:24:32 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Send a Gift Card with details of the book and let the recipient buy the ebook themselves.

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 23:08:07 BDT
com says:
So....almost four years have passed since this discussion began and still nothing. There's a very obscure book that I want to buy as a present and the ebook is approximately £10, whereas the paperback version ranges from £53-£72!!! (I'm not really sure why?!) so it's such a shame that the gifting service doesn't exist.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2013 20:51:06 BDT
Thanks for the link

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2013 13:06:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2013 13:07:04 BDT
Jeremy Webb says:
R. Gilmartin, I feel your pain. There is still the "customised gift card" work-around which is a one click job here: http://echoebooks.com/blog/160-giving-a-kindle-ebook-as-a-gift

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2013 11:58:25 BDT
Denis Powell says:
It's anyone's guess, R. Mine is that it's not a high priority due to the number of people who get the procedure wrong and have to contact Customer Services to set it right. There used to be a post almost every day in the .com forum from someone who's used the wrong email address, sent the wrong book, wants to reject the book because they already have it or want the value credited to their account. As Amazon are only the agents of sale in many cases and receive a commission, that amount will be eaten into by any Customer Service costs related to the scheme. I suspect many "problem" gift sales cost Amazon more than the commission earned.

Having said that, Amazon have been saying they're working on it and hope to introduce it "soon" but they've been saying that for quite a while.

Posted on 4 Jul 2013 11:46:19 BDT
R. Gilmartin says:
Why is this taking so much time in the UK ? I wanted to send my wife an e-book gift, looked at the US site and got very frustrated when I realised it wasn't implemented in the UK. One lost sale, Amazon !!

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 21:48:23 BDT
Martyn says:
Sorry I wasn't in earlier Frenchie. I think I've got the full set of Cadfaels which I could have let you have for a token amount on top of postage.

Off to the pub now.

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 18:35:12 BDT
Frenchie says:
Oh no, I went directly to eBay. I got The Confessions Of Brother Haluin: 15 (Cadfael Chronicles), The Heaven Tree Trilogy: The Heaven Tree, the Green Branch, the Scarlet Seed, A Rare Benedictine (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael), One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) and Saint Peter's Fair: 4 (Cadfael Chronicles), all of them for £12.82 including delivery. I do not mind they are not new but thank you , I will keep in mind the Book People. I have not bought anything from them for a while because most of the time, I buy kindle books.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 14:44:54 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I thought I'd seen some on there. Was going to look myself but got distracted by something else . . .

Posted on 9 Apr 2013 14:30:19 BDT
Elaine4Wales says:
There are a few at www.theworks.co.uk too Frenchie :)

http://www.theworks.co.uk/search/cadfael

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 14:29:00 BDT
Elaine4Wales says:
Just checked there Damaskcat and there are quite a few :)

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_searchResult_tbp?searchDropDown=books&storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&searchTerm=cadfael

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 14:25:18 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Do The Book People have any?
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