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Old 12-06-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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how to purchase eBook as gift

Sorry if this has been asked before. Is there any way for someone to purchase an eBook for someone else as a gift? I've got a new Cybook Gen3 and with Xmas coming up I'd like any books I receive to be in electronic form. Is there no way to do this, other than purchasing a gift certificate? Even with a gift certificate, it seems the buyer has to know the user id of the recipient at each store.

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Old 12-06-2009, 09:25 AM   #2
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One wee thing you can do, Erik, is visit my own small bookstore (www.bewrite.net) and drop me a line of any of the 120 or so BeWrite Books ebook titles that catch your eye. I'd be happy to send them over to you free of DRM and free of charge. An offer for MR pals only for the rest of this year. The ebook versions are so far in PDF only, but I'm told by readers that they lose only insignificant formatting on CyBook. ntmarrATbewrite.net (use the @ sign, of course). Merry Christmas. Neil
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Last year, my husband gave me a gift certificate for my favorite ebook website. The gift certificated included a code that I used when I purchased books. My husband did not need to know anything about my account number. I'm hoping to find another gift certificate in my stocking this year.
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:35 AM   #4
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I think you can send either micropay credits or a gift certificate valid for a given book in Fictionwise. But I don't think you can skip "geographic restrictions" that way (i.e. the recipient won't be allowed to download the book if (s)he does not have the right credit crad).
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies all. For me, this is another example showing that the technology just isn't quite ready for prime time. Until someone can purchase a specific title as a gift for someone else, I think the retailers will be missing out on a lot of holiday purchases.

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