Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Reading to All Kindlers Olde and New :-)


This is just a reminder that Amazon did finally make it possible to gift a Kindle book or books to anyone with an email address -- no Kindle required.  Kindle Books can be read on Kindle devices, of course, but also on free Kindle reading apps for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android-based devices.

  For more information on gifting Kindle books (a feature long-requested by Kindle owners), see

  To use the feature, choose a book in the Kindle Store, select "Give as a Gift" and send the gift to anyone with an email address.  Notifications of Kindle Books gifts are delivered instantly via e-mail, and the recipient redeems the gift in the Kindle Store to read on any Kindle or free Kindle app.

For convenience, here again is the tiny FAQ at the givekindlebooks page linked earlier above:

Frequently Asked Questions about Giving Kindle eBooks

Do I have to own a Kindle to give or receive a Kindle ebook as a gift?
  No. Kindle ebooks can be given and received by anyone with an e-mail address.  Kindle ebooks can be read either on Kindle or on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android Phone using one of our free reading apps.

What if the recipient doesn't like or want their gift?
  Kindle ebooks received as gifts can be exchanged for gift cards.

Are all Kindle ebooks eligible to be given as gifts? All ebooks available for purchase in the Kindle Store can be given as gifts. '

If you don't have a book in mind, Amazon editors' picks for the best books of the year may give you an idea.

1. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
2. "Faithful Place: A Novel" by Tana French
3. "Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War" by Karl Marlantes
4. "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand
5. "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabel Wilkerson
6. "Freedom: A Novel" by Jonathan Franzen
7. "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" by Stieg Larsson
8. "To the End of the Land" by David Grossman
9. "Just Kids" by Patti Smith
10. "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis

Also, here is the November 5 blog article on other Amazon best-book links for 2010 so far.

Hope all enjoy the day, free of offices and job duties (for most), but keeping in mind those laboring in the kitchens to provide the special pleasures of the holly day.

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  Guide to finding Free Kindle books and Sources.  Top 100 free bestsellers.
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  1. Ah gifting. Here's the sort version. I live in Belgium with UK kindle (a/c with, my friend lives in Belgium with a .com a/c. He gifts me two books, email arrives and i try to accept the two books; sorry you are not able to download these books at your location. Contact customer support; same story but they will give me gift vouchers - FOR THE US .COM site - great. One of the books is actually available in kindle format in the UK but I was still not allowed to download it. This, in short, is a mess.

  2. Staffordshire man,
    That is absolutely goofy.

    Was it customer support you contacted rather than UK support?

    0800 496 1081 for Amazon UK phone contact

    UK-only Kindle support page

    UK-only Contact page

    On the other hand, I can't remember if Kindle-gifting is available outside the U.S. though it -should- be at least in the UK (but maybe is run only from the U.S. for now).

    Let me know if you have any success with any of the above, for Kindle books via UK...

  3. Just to confirm what I think you reported a little while ago, that Kindle gifting is not yet available in the UK: "While gifting is not yet offered in the Kindle store, we are working to make it available in the near future".


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