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In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 15:02:03 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Same here Suze.

Posted on 27 May 2012 13:33:24 BDT
A customer says:
Well that's you aint it
If any of my fam want to surpise me with a book then I'm happy
Maybe if Amazon and its forum acolytes weren't so paranoid about piracy, all the things people want from their product (such as gift buying, lending and swapping) would make this discussion academic...oh wait...what would all the pedants moan about then?: spamming authors I 'spose

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 13:25:39 BDT
Suze says:
A lot of people don't though. Even my OH and my sister wouldn't buy me a book unless I chose it myself and they both know exactly what I read.

Posted on 27 May 2012 13:24:41 BDT
A customer says:
You can still do a little research before going in blind cant ya?

Posted on 27 May 2012 13:23:01 BDT
Suze says:
I prefer to choose my own books. Too many people have thought they were doing me a favour by buying me some books as a surprise but I already had them or they chose something they would read themselves rather than something I would read. Sounds ungrateful, I know, but it always turned out to be a complete waste of the givers money.

Posted on 27 May 2012 13:21:32 BDT
A customer says:
What's the gift of a recommended book if not a more generous step up from a plain old verbal recommendation?
"Sorry, can't accept this book, I like to choose my own: thanks anyway...trying to keep my Kindle free of clutter as it only has room for 3 thousand odd books!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 13:12:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2012 13:12:56 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I want to choose my own books but I pay attention to recommendations from people I know. I have preferred to choose my own books from when I first learned to read.

Posted on 27 May 2012 13:02:23 BDT
A customer says:
So, if you are of a supreme rank within the Amazon Forum community, your too important and haughty to receive books from friends or relatives that they might think you'll like?
what tosh

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 12:55:45 BDT
A customer says:
Makes perfect sense to someone with a little imagination

Posted on 27 May 2012 12:45:59 BDT
I just downloaded a 20 voucher my son bought me a few months back. I've already spent 10 and am having internal arguments with myself about how to spend the remainder as I don't just want to fritter it away. (I did check with him to be sure that he did not expect me to buy anything "specific" and he was very relaxed.) As it is, I have downloaded a couple from a series and no. 1 of the Hunger Trilogy! There is no way I would want him or anyone else to choose me a book or books. A voucher is a great gift for a reader!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 12:01:45 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I much prefer vouchers so that I can choose my own books and most avid readers seem to feel the same. A voucher is a passport to paradise as far as I'm concerned.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 11:50:39 BDT
Suze says:
P Thomas, this is a kindle users forum not Amazon themselves. Anybody on here are only customers, so you might be better emailing Amazon support about this.

Posted on 27 May 2012 11:42:29 BDT
P Thomas says:
It seems you can do this in the US but not in the UK? Why amazon, sort it out. My friend's in hospital and I'd love to send her something personal - not just a bloody voucher. come on Amazon!

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 12:59:40 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2012 11:59:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jan 2012 12:03:17 GMT
Well I know I've already replied to your 11:03 reply JH, but it seems to have disappeared. Here, in the hope it helps s.o. else -- and it does make you wonder why the hell Amazon gets us to do their work -- is their swift answer (I balked at "gifting"!)

Hello John,

Kindle content cannot be given as a gift on at this time. While gifting Kindle content is not yet offered in the Kindle store, we are working to make it available in the near future.

As an alternative, you may want to consider purchasing an Amazon Gift Certificate. Amazon Gift Certificates are site specific and are only redeemable at the site of origin.

Your recipient will be able to apply the gift certificate balance to his/her account and make purchases from the Kindle Store. You can find more information about purchasing and using gift certificates on our Help pages at:

I hope this helps. Thanks for your interest in Kindle.

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 11:03:39 GMT
J. H says:
Ah I see, its just you were talking snail mail etc and "the amazon".

If you want to contact them, its easy, there is a link TWICE on every page on the amazon site.

As for emailing them, they have a standard reply along the lines of "We are looking into it but cannot confirm a date at this time".

Amazon do not read these forums though.

They do not do kindle book vouchers, you can just buy an voucher, but in a choice of designs so you can choose the kindle one, but in reality you can use them all to buy anything from

One thing with the gift certificates though is that they can only be used on the amazon site that they were bought on. So, if a friend lives in the UK, they cannot use an voucher to buy anything from, if that makes sense!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2012 10:56:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jan 2012 10:58:20 GMT
Thanks, JH. I've just emailed the link Davey H posted, and I asked them about buying, as a present for someone, a Kindle book or Kindle book voucher. The fact that you can't seems a lacuna the size of a lagoona. Sorry for only making a tiny bit of sense earlier, and thank you for helping.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2012 10:42:59 GMT
J. H says:
Sorry, but your post makes VERY LITTLE sense......

What do you want to know?

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 10:36:20 GMT
Thanks Davey H, I'll do that now!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2012 08:53:29 GMT
DaveyH says:
Email JP.

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 01:49:04 GMT
I've just seen a book I'd like to send s.o. as a pressie, and you lot have started the discussion without me. Someone above said to contact Amazon directly. But does anyone here know the source of the Amazon? In snail-mail we could address the envelope vaguely and some brilliant postpersons might ensure it got delivered. Fat chance now with all these improvements. Do the Amazons even wander down to these playrooms to see what is being discussed? It's been TWO BLOODY weeks since the last mail.... I'm here on my own! I'm buggering off.

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 19:08:15 GMT
Sensical says:
I think it really depends how well you know someone. If you are buying a present for someone you are close to I would hope you have a good idea what they like?! If you can't choose a gift for someone you love there is something wrong...

Completely agree with JH that buying something off a list is the same as just giving cash. You give someone cash, they give you cash until one of you dies, when one of you is up on the deal.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2011 22:44:43 GMT
J. H says:
To be honest, no, BillG. I do not know of any family within my circle that operates Christmas lists.

I buy family and friends presents, I don't select something off a wish list, and I really do not know anyone else that does.

There is no difference between a wish list and whacking a tenner in a card...............

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 18:27:41 GMT
BillG says:
Does no one else operate a system of Christmas lists?!
Most of my family include books on theirs and a number of them have kindles. Come on Amazon, the kindle was arguably ahead of its time but you need to keep up with what the users require.
Those of you who find they get useful gifts should consider letting people know what they like more often!

Posted on 13 Dec 2011 09:15:41 GMT
I did this last year for distant family. I sent them Christmas-themed books instead of sending cards.
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