How To Gift eBooks To Your Friends And Family

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Holiday season is approaching and you might want to give your loved ones a gift that they’ll remember forever. How about giving a book as a gift? But these days we’re closer to our gadgets like smartphones and tablets compared to physical books, and that’s why it makes more sense to gift an ebook to your friends and family.

No longer are our friends and loved ones bound to hold that weighty 800-page novel; another option is the market leader in many respects. E-reader devices and tablets are getting popular and lighter, and many people purchase ebooks and read them during their leisure time. Devices like the Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Nexus 7 are getting popular, but how would you gift an ebook? Well, it’s not rocket science. Gifting an ebook is very simple, but the process varies on the device that the recipient uses. So let’s learn about this process in detail.

How to gift an ebook


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If the person that you’re going to gift uses a Kindle device, then head over to Amazon and find the Kindle version of the book that you want to gift. From the same page, click on the “Give as a Gift” button.


Next, you can send the ebook as a gift via email at a future delivery date, just in case you’re gifting for a special occasion. You can also print out a voucher which you can then hand over to your friend with a special note, perhaps!


Visit Barnes and Noble website and then find the book that you’re interested in gifting. Next, click on the “Buy as gift” link under the “Buy Now” button on the product page.

You will have the option to enter your recipient’s email address and an optional gift message. You can also schedule the date of delivery of the email, so that the person can enjoy the book on exactly that same date.

iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Gifting an ebook to an iOS user is not that easy. You can’t do that from iTunes; instead, you’ll need to purchase a gift card which you can then hand over to the person whom you want to gift it to. Don’t forget to include a small note suggesting to him/her your favorite title.

Android devices

Currently there’s no way to gift ebooks from the Google Play Store. However, you can buy a gift card and send it to the recipient with a small note suggesting a good title. Of course, the recipient can buy anything from Play Store with that amount.

You can also gift an ebook for any device such as a Kindle, Nook, or Android and then suggest that your friend download the respective app on his/her device and then enjoy the ebook. For example; let’s say you’ve used Amazon and sent the book as a gift, but your friend doesn’t have a Kindle device. What now? Don’t worry, as your friend can always use the Kindle app for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and many other platforms.