how to buy kindle books for someone else

To make matters worse, it’s not obvious how to get a refund on a Kindle book that you’ve bought by accident as they’re not listed along with your other Amazon purchases.
The main annoyance, however, is that Amazon allows its US customers to ‘’ Kindle books to each other.
It seems like an obvious omission, too, since Amazon’s US customers can ‘gift’ Kindle books.
That’s the beauty of Amazon’s set up: a relatively affordable price for the hardware, a vast library of books to choose from and near-instant downloading via Wi-Fi directly to the Kindle.

To gift a Kindle book, visit the Amazon.com website and click the "Give as a Gift" button located under the "Buy" button on Kindle Store product detail pages.
Find the Nook Book on the Barnes and Noble Web site, and click "Buy as gift." You’ll have to register for an account — which is annoying — and then you’ll fill out a form before completing the purchase.
When the e-book gift is received, your friend will have the option to redeem the book or trade it in for a gift card or Nook app.
You can’t gift books from the iBookstore in , so instead you’ll have to purchase a gift card with a note that includes your suggested book title.
You can choose to e-mail the e-book gift to the recipient with a future delivery date, or print out a voucher (which you can then place in a greeting card).
Alternatively, purchase an e-book for Kindle, Nook, or even Kobo, and suggest that your friend download one of the free accompanying apps.
The other option is to buy your friend a Nook or Kindle book and suggest he or she reads the book with one of those free apps.
Head to Amazon and find the Kindle version of the book you want to gift.
During the purchase process, you can set a delivery date, so that the recipient receives your gift on his or her birthday (or other special occasion).
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If you’ve received a Kindle book gift to an e-mail address that is not registered to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app, click "Use a different Amazon account" and sign into the account where you would like to redeem your Kindle book.
Before you purchase a Kindle book as a gift, make sure that the e-mail address is valid and registered to the recipient’s Kindle device or reading app.
Tip: If you are unsure if the e-mail address for your recipient is valid or is registered to their Kindle device or reading app, select Email the gift to me before placing your order.
When you receive a Kindle book gift, you can read the book on a registered Kindle device or any free Kindle reading application.
Click Accept your Kindle Book Gift, and then, if prompted, log in to your Amazon account.
When you receive a Kindle book as a gift, you can redeem it immediately by downloading it to your Kindle device or Kindle reading app.
Ask the Community: Post your question in the General Help Forum or Kindle Help Forum.
The Help homepage may be able to help you find the information you’re looking for.
Click the Place your order button to finish your gift purchase using your Kindle 1-Click payment method.
You do not need a Kindle device to send or receive Kindle ebook gifts, and the recipient can read their gift on a registered Kindle device or any free Kindle reading application.
Kindle books available for purchase can be given as a gift to anyone with an e-mail address.
When you choose a delivery date, the e-mail notification will be sent to your gift recipient between 12:00 a.m. and 3 a.m. Pacific Time on the delivery date.
*Use the personal e-mail address for your gift recipient, not their kindle.com e-mail address.
Purchases of Kindle books as gifts uses your default 1-Click payment method.
**Gift Notification – Your gift recipient will be notified of their gift at the e-mail address you provide.
You can also gift Kindle books through your recipient’s Amazon Wishlist.
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(The older Kindle does not receive apps and other items that my Kindle Fire gets)…my question is, would having the older Kindle on my account prevent certain Apps I’ve order to be downloaded to the Kindle Fire? I’m having problems downloading a print app for my Kindle fire.
This is actually useful if you want to buy from multiple Amazon outlets (e.g. amazon.co.uk and amazon.fr). You need to de-register from one to be able to buy from the other; it seems you can keep the books on your kindle without having to switch accounts all the time.
We decided to today to keep it and so after reading the above comments believe that after deregistering and the registering with my account the two books we’d bought would still be present on the kindle.
He doesn’t even have an account because he said it will take him years and years to read the books already on the Kindle.
I have found that if you download a program on your computer called Calibre, you can download your books onto your computer in Calibre than connect your friend’s Kindle to your computer via usb and add the books to their device.
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I don't agree with you that "it shouldn't cost a thing to borrow a book" means "you should lend books for free" – she is not suggesting that Amazon give away any of the wares it currently sells.
Last week, Amazon informed us that for ten dollars per month, Kindle users can have unlimited access to over six hundred thousand books in its library.
Wouldn't me borrowing someone's (or even getting one of my own) library card be far worse that me paying for books — full price — through Amazon? So many dilemmas in the Modern Life.
Maria you're right that borrowing a book perhaps should be free, BUT, most of the time the book I actually want to read is on Amazon, not any of the other sources you cited.
You can do anything you like with the public domain books and recordings you download from Project Gutenberg or the Internet Archive: Make a literary Girl Talk-type mashup with them, hide Satanic messages in there via "backmasking," make letterpress reprints of the books and illuminate them by hand with gold leaf like a medieval monk and sell the results on Etsy.
I consider it well worth it, as technical books don't age well and I really don't want to waste the time adding more books to my library more of which I've started throwing away.
It's fine for public domain books to be borrowed for free, but it's fair to charge for books that are still part of the writer's/publisher's market.
Another consideration will be if i'll have enough to time to read the books that i'm paying full price for my kindle and the books that i'll be able to get with the kindle unlimited.
Public domain books are great but maybe those aren't the ones people want to read.
Digging around in a library is so 1980's… If I really need free, I can always pirate a book.. there are 1000's of collections of books already scanned and nicely packaged in torrents.
You can borrow up to five titles for two weeks at no cost, and read them in-browser or in any of several other formats (not all titles are supported in all formats, but most offer at least a couple): PDF, .mobi, Kindle or ePub (you'll need to download the Bluefire Reader—for free—in order to read ePub format on Kindle.) I currently have on loan Alan Moore's Watchmen, Original Sin by P.D. James, and The Dead Zone by Stephen King.
2) Open Library doesn't loan books, it's just a web index that links to other services (inluding Amazon).
@Kzpbb2 Sure libraries are not free, they are paid for by taxes duh, but you're already paying for the service so you might as well use it instead of paying extra for worse service (worse meaning Amazon Unlimited's offerings are so far pretty bleak).
You know the difference between a public library, and Kindle's new deal? THE PUBLIC LIBRARY PAID FOR THE BOOKS FOR YOU.
@Zh Powell's is affiliated with Kobo; your Kobo purchases pass through the Powell's site (or other affiliate); you can read Kobo books on Kindle using their Android app.
While I would for all book borrowing to be free, it's very likely my public library would have to close if book rentals stopped.
I get the urge to lash out against basically anything Amazon does, trust me, but this is an *incredibly* narrow-minded perspective on Kindle Unlimited – not least of all because there are already other companies who have experienced success with this model, like Oyster and Scribd.
There are gobs of public domain novels available, as well as a lot of bottom of the barrel books that nobody was jumping to pay a monthly fee to read.
The World English Bible is the 1901 Authorized Version slightly updated to remove any archaic expression and is free of copyright.) A friend asked me to load it onto her Kindle Touch.
Then my grown children gave me a Kindle Touch and I have found ways to make it do for me much of what a smart phone or an iPad does for other people.
I bought a Kindle touch just after Christmas and have been trying to find how to do some of these things EVER SINCE.
I bought the 7 Dragons calendar because it had good recommendations from other users, but there are other calendars for the Kindle from other developers.
When I mention a Kindle learning curve to people who have one, they get a look on their face that says, "You sure got that right!!!!" The black line is what I and others I know have discovered.
I was the same as you–why would anyone exchange a real book for an e-reader? Now I’m so hooked on my Kindle Touch that I’m doing a Kindle giveaway on my site.
Also… Thank you very much for pointing me to the Free Bible from thee Kindle Store.
The screen on the Kindle Touch responds to the touch of my finger by means of infra red sensors.
The screen display is very different from your Kindle Touch though.
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Amazon’s recent purchases in India suggest that a full-on Amazon India is in the works, and perhaps we will see a proper Kindle Store launch after that.
I’m guessing it’ll be a while before the Amazon thing takes off in India but who knows — my friend probably hasn’t heard from the majority of his 1.2 billion country folk.
Why didn’t Amazon follow the pattern of their successful launches in the UK and Europe and give the Indian Kindle Store its own domain and all the features of the other stores? I see two potential theories (but please feel free to advance your own in the comments).
I heard from one of my contacts in India today who said, “there is no proper route to buy an Amazon kindle in India yet”, and, “most of the readers in India are not comfortable with card-transactions online”.
I had a Kindle gifted to me from my parents in the UK, but since they registered it there (they wanted to put some books on it) I couldn’t use it with Amazon.com. I kept being sent to the Amazon.co.uk store, but then being in the US I had to pay for international delivery fees.
Very interesting, David, but… Wasn’t this already happening with Australia and many other countries, for example in South America? I live in Australia and buy my books through amazon.com. I’m not sure but I think authors whose books are bought in Australia get only 35%.
I’m going to trust Amazon to act in their own interest, which includes treating India like a real market.
The books are much cheaper, and you’re saving paper.” But for many newer titles that are now priced above $9.99, there’s a new “Digital List Price” listed that matches the hardcover list price.
The result has been a slow creep in pricing on some titles—in some cases to levels above the price of a paper edition of the same book—for a digital edition that you can’t resell, give away to someone else, or read on any other device.
It’s been a little over a year since Amazon released the Kindle, and now publishers are finally getting the chance to set their own pricing on ebook editions.
Well, I am currently at book 6, and after reading this thread thought i would take a look, and see that the paperback is out, at $7.99, and the kindle version is $11.99! It doesn’t really hit home until your ox is the one being gored! Well, I guess I will order it from the library – i certainly have enough to read until it comes.
If publishers succeed in shifting the average price closer to current print prices, they’ll have wiped out half of what made the Kindle an attractive choice in the first place.
You can download free samples of books to your Kindle, and then at the end of the sample click a “buy it now” link to automatically purchase the title and send it to your device.
But regardless of genre, it appears that publishers who are pricing titles higher are positioning Kindle editions closer to hardcover editions than paperback.
In other words, I think by setting the price, higher, they are getting the people who would pay $26 for the hardcover, but not the people who would try the book, just ’cause it is under $10.
When Oprah raved about the Kindle last Fall on her TV show—effectively re-launching the product to the masses right before the holiday shopping season, with a smiling Jeff Bezos at her side—she said, “I know it’s expensive in these times, but it’s not frivolous because it will pay for itself.
E.M. Tippetts wrote an endearing love story that I will surely recommend to my friends but I happily breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I can also gift this clean romance novel to my teen nieces as well! Without giving anything away, there’s an important message conveyed in the story with which teen readers just might take to heart after reading this lovely, contemporary fairy tale.
Does Chloe finally get her fairytale? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
So, I’m going to tell you whether I liked the story, and whether the book met the expectations I set for every book I read.
She didn’t have a huge role to play in this book and she didn’t even know Chloe’s past but you could tell she was a good friend of Chloe’s.
I finished reading this book with tears streaming down my face; needless to say I loved it! The characters are smartly written and likeable (well most are), and come complete with real-life issues that readers of various ages will relate to.
Jason’s sister, his niece, Chloe’s best friends and mother, they all have an important role to play in the story.
The story revolves around two main characters, Chloe and Jason, as well as their families.
Jason’s family and Chloe’s friends are all developed well with individual personalities that fit perfectly into the story.
After my first ebook I wanted another book to keep on my phone to read when I was waiting in lines, for kids, etc.
I’ll start by saying that this is the first chicklit/romance book I have ever read and I had no idea what to expect from this genre.
I read this book every free chance I had…it pained me to have to put it down to do other things.
Just a question: What do you do when you get the email from Amazon telling you they will remove your book’s listing if you do not raise the price of the book on the other site within 72 hours? I’ve gotten these emails a couple of times when I’ve inadvertently forgotten to raise a price on another competitor’s site.
Reporting a cheaper price on the US Amazon site should, eventually, get your book perma-free in that store.
Also, the letter from Amazon stated I had to raise the price on the other sites to match Amazon’s price (basically, there can’t be a lower price out there) within 72 hours – or they would pull the title.
To be clear, the book I’m looking to set to perma-free is not enrolled in KDP, so therefore it’s not eligible for Amazon’s “free” days, so no way for me to adjust it to free on Amazon.
c) Tell Amazon that you’ve found the book at a lower price.
Wherever possible make certain that the link to a free price is to a site that competes with that Amazon region.
Paired with the best screens we’ve seen on a tablet — a 1920 x 1200 323ppi screen on the 7-inch version and a 2560 x 1600 339ppi screen on the 8.9-inch version; and both are spectacularly bright and vivid — make both Kindle Fire HDX tablets perfect for watching video, listening to music, and reading eBooks — as long as they’re from Amazon.
Now we’re not going to pretend that the Kindle Fire line is yet another Android tablet — either good or bad — because Amazon takes things to the extreme when it comes to making Android into something we never thought it would be.
Yes, it is designed with Amazon’s services front and center, just like the Nexus devices (and other "official" Android devices) generally have the Google Play services front and center.
Amazon has a budding for any Android device, and the apps offered for the new Kindles are fully optimized and vetted for proper performance, but the quantity, and sometimes quality, pales when compared to Google Play.
I downloaded an alternate app store, directly from my HDX (respected alt app store and they have good customer support, a ton of YouTube review vids, etc.). Now that I have that, guess what? I have (and use) Chrome, Android YouTube app (but I prefer the web interface from Silk or Chrome actually; I’ve never been fond of any YouTube apps), BN Nook app, Business Calendar (that was from Amazon actually).
They’re basically locked into Amazon’s ecosystem unless you want to fool with custom firmware (I would point you towards the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 for that instead), so the whole goal of the Kindle line is to get you to spend money at Amazon.
Full access to the complete Kindle store, the Amazon app store, the Amazon music store, and Amazon instant video are great ways to entice us to click and add it to the plastic.
Kindle Fire is a great device for those already using the digital services on Amazon.
Yes, it is true that the Amazon App Store has a smaller selection than Google Play and there are some apps out there (particularly a few from Google) that are still difficult, or even impossible, to load onto the Fire.
Amazon has a long history with Android, delivering a Kindle tablet that mostly runs it for the last three years.
I’m all in with Kindle eBooks and Amazon video, so I’ve been curious if it integrates with other Google products.
If one were to say they don’t feel comfortable having (or giving someone else) the ability to allow installation of apps from unknown sources, then they probably should be "locked" into one of the app ecosystems, whether it’s Play, Amazon App Store, or iTunes/Appstore, and that’s perfectly fine.
Even if you have plenty of Amazon content, you’d still be better of getting a Nexus tablet and just downloading the Kindle app.
In other words, the same reason that you can’t get iTunes services on non-Apple devices and you can’t get Amazon’s Video services on stock Android.
Jerry, I’m not a fan of Amazon (long story short, had a bad customer service experience, choose not to shop there anymore) but I’m not going to hate on the Kindle Fire.
I already have a Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Keyboard, and Amazon Prime, so I don’t think I’ll be doing much reading on a Fire, save for maybe magazines and graphic novels/comics.
In a nutshell, either of the new Kindle Fire tablets will do anything and everything available for them to do from Amazon with ease, and you’ll enjoy doing it because it’s done so well.
For the record, I switch between my LG Optimus G Pro and Lumia 920 about every 2 weeks (I like them both), In my house, we have a Nexus 7 (1st ed), an iPad Mini, OG Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, an old Droid Bionic, and have had many many Android phones and tablets, starting w/the G1 (G1, OG Droid, Vibrant, Droid Incredible 2, LG Escape, Samsung Tab 8.9, Samsung Tab 7.0 Plus, rooted Nook Color, etc.
The selection on Amazon’s store has been improving all the time, though, and it isn’t difficult to get many more apps from other stores.
From the chaos at check-in being directed a different way by every harried employee to find the wheelchair service; from the complete bewilderment evidenced by everyone about how to check the bag of a disabled person; to the jam-packed gate area where no effort whatever is made to stop non-disabled people from planting themselves in the “disabled” seating section at the gate and glaring defiantly at a person approaching with a cane; to having “medical needs” passengers called to the front AFTER the fifty different categories of “elite” flyers have been directed to line up; to having the gate agent disappear by the time I had physically pushed my way to the front of the crowd, letting me stand and sway there with no place to sit until he reappeared (I guess he didn’t look to see if anyone with medical needs actually was trying to force their way through the crowd); to struggling my way to the “disabled” seating which is at the very back of the plane for some inexplicable reason…it was one of the worst, most chaotic, most painful flying experiences I’ve ever had; and every United employee I saw or dealt with was cranky to hostile, and many gave conflicting information when asked the same question.
I had in mind that I was going to buy Amy Sedaris’ book, “I Like You…”, so I could get the super shipper savings with the other orders I got going on Amazon, but once you were compared with the likes of David Sedaris, Amy’s bro, which I’ve been using his book on tape for “Me Talk Pretty Some Day” to lull me to sleep at night( Not because it is dull mind you, far from it, but it’s one of the only books on tape I have, and I’m sick of the relax into sleep tape-boring! I love his personal stories of his life-I just put the volume on low, and I think it’s cool to have David reading to me sleep! in case you were wondering), I know now I have to get your book as well! I already use your blog to help me feel like I had some laughs in my hectic responsibility-laden life.
At one point, I had tears streaming down my face and the guy beside me in Business Class said, “I don’t know what that book’s about but I’m downloading it the minute I get to my hotel!” There is NOTHING better than a hilarious book for a long flight to put you in a great mood, especially at the end of your vacation or after an intense board meeting – and I have never read a better one! This morning I sent emails to 25 people that I know would love it to tell them about it.
Just ordered my copy and I’m excited to read it! I love reading your blog, and can’t wait to read your book.
I will now have to recommend the book to anybody who is between depression meds, or who is not on their meds .. because it was probably the best thing I’ve read in years! (Although my husband gave me a funny look when I started reading the HR Penis stories to him – men don’t get it).
I don’t think it’ll arrive in time for my mum for Xmas, so I might have to give her a card with Copernicus on it, with “I owe you one book, here’s a hug in the meantime…” That way I’ll also be able to read it before I give it to her (carefully, so as not to crease the spine).
I DID! I’m kindof a writer in my own mind so I bought your book, started to read it, and got side tracked cause I figured “if she can do it why can’t I?” So I started.
I’ve preordered your book and plan to read it out loud at work, which will be awesome because I work in a 911 dispatch center and if anyone needs to be read to from a book that’s funnier than the Bible, it’s people who have had to call 911 in the middle of the night.
I was looking at your page and realized that I had already bought your book a few weeks ago and was excited to read it, figuring that it would be equally as funny and you don’t let down one bit! I love your book and I am planning to suggested it at my two book clubs when I am up to pick! I have been telling everyone to read it because it is literally laugh out loud funny! I figure, aside from saving me from cocaine, I think you have added years to my life with all the laughter I have been doing.
totally and completely in love with you! Started out this Wednesday when my friend mutually sends me weird shit (hence why we’re friends) sent me the post about the soup… and I couldn’t stop reading the blog… then I said “wait a minute… she wrote a book?!” so I immediately went to my Mecca (amazon) and “looked inside” (I’m cheap what can i say?) and discovered to my dismay that yes I DO have to pay $12.99 for your book (I’m NEVER getting this amazon card paid off).
Five days ago, I was online surfing Google to prove to my friends that yes, there is such thing as sour beer and it is AWESOME (Evidently, Ontario Canada is one place where it is NOT being brewed, even though neighboring province Quebec has been for some time and since I tasted it in the States, I know damn well it is being brewed there … side note rant, fairly angsty about that, sorry) and Gmail told me I had mail from Chapters advertising books, so I got sidetracked to check out books at Chapters online and while skimming titles in the young adult section (considering reading Hunger because – well, you know – the world says so), your book popped up as a suggestion, so I ordered it.
Oh – and Jenny? Thanks so much for the laughter, and mostly for the “I’ve found my tribe” feeling I found in the pages of your book & blog.

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