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Old 11-22-2010, 03:51 PM   #1
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Amazon Adds Gift an E-Book

http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link...pf_rd_i=507846

Amazon has added the ability to send an e-book directly to a Kindle owner.

Sorry about the link, my work computer doesn't allow scripts. Don't ask, I don't get it.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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Whatever happened to the verb "give?"

Just wondering.

It's a good idea, I just don't get why no one says "give" anymore.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:58 AM   #3
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Well - I think "gift" is short for "giving a gift". So it's new, I never used it. I presume that I can't GIVE you an eBook that I've read, I'm finished with it, and now you can have it. I can buy it new and GIVE it to you but I've never owned it.

And "give" is just transferring possession of something to someone else - giving him the salt for example. Give her a grade on her paper.

While it used to bug me, I think the verb "to gift" does have a specific meaning.

And "regift" - well that's a different thing altogether. But it still implies I got the item new as a gift, and I've never used it, and I am giving away as a gift. Not just "here, this sweater doesn't fit me, you have it."
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:44 AM   #4
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Whatever happened to the verb "give?"

Just wondering.

It's a good idea, I just don't get why no one says "give" anymore.
To "gift" something is different than to "give" something. Gifting is what people do during the holidays. I don't know the whole history behind the word, but I typically use it in an online retail setting.


I'm so glad this functionality is finally available! I usually ask for books for the holidays, but the past two years I haven't because people couldn't buy ebooks for me. Hooray! And there's a book I've been meaning to get my brother... this will make it so much easier.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:02 AM   #5
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I know. I can actually make a list of books to ask for instead of an Amazon gift certificate. It would be kind of cool if the book came with a page that included a note from the person who gave the book. I know that I used to write a note in books I was giving as a gift.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:58 AM   #6
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Just bear in mind the fact that it only works for certain if both the giver and the recipient are registered with Amazon in the same country. If you're in different countries, there's a possibility the book is available for sale with Amazon in the giver's country but not in the recipient's country, in which case they'll be offered the option of converting the gift to a gift certificate instead, I believe.

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