Giving an e-reader user a printed book is like presenting him a manual typewriter. It's a nice gesture, but the book will most likely gather dust while he whips through the newest best-sellers on his device. Luckily for gift-givers, almost all booksellers have added options to their websites to make giving e-books easier.
But it still can be confusing, so we put together a how-to guide below. The first step for anyone seeking to give an e-book is to find out what kind of device the recipient owns. This is extremely important because it is nearly impossible to get an e-book to display on a device if it isn't specifically compatible with it.
Once you know which platform the receiver uses, follow these instructions to gift an e-book:
Kindle (supported by Amazon.com): Select the title you would like to give. Look in the format selection box located in the center of the screen and make sure the phrase "Kindle Edition" is highlighted. If it is, click on the "Give as a Gift" button in the upper right-hand corner. If you are not signed in to your Amazon account, you will be prompted to log in.
Once logged in, you will be redirected to a screen that says, "Complete your gift purchase." Make sure to select the button next to the heading: "Email the gift directly to my recipient." Enter the beneficiary's email address, select a delivery date and add a personal message. Once you've clicked the button to place your order, you will receive a confirmation email.
A separate email will be delivered to the recipient on the delivery date with instructions on how to download the e-book to a Kindle. Let the receiver know he should select the option for the book to be delivered to his Kindle, and that he should have his Kindle plugged into his computer when he accepts the gift.
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SOURCE: Printers Row