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Old 08-19-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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Amazon to add gifting of kindle books in the near future

I've noticed that you can add Kindle books to a wish list (and started doing it), even though nobody can purchase them for you - yet. When you look at the list, it says that they can't yet be purchased, with a "why not?" link:
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While gifting is not yet offered in the Kindle store, we are working to make it available in the near future.
I suspect that they won't be in time for my birthday, but for Christmas, this would be very convenient!

I wonder if they will have some wrapping/gift tag technology?
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:56 AM   #2
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I'd love this as giving a specific book would be more personal than giving a gift certificate that enables you to buy one. I have tons on my wish list waiting for Christmas (either way).
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:23 AM   #4
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I'd love if people in other geographies could gift you a book that wasn't available in your home country

What are the chances? After all, the purchase would be made in the correct territory...
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:38 AM   #5
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What would be even better if you were allowed to read it yourelf before giving it to the recipient.
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:46 AM   #6
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I'd love if people in other geographies could gift you a book that wasn't available in your home country

What are the chances? After all, the purchase would be made in the correct territory...
What a cunning idea! We could do swapsies. Alternatively, you might be able to pretend to be your own patron without moving your account ...
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:58 AM   #7
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What a cunning idea! We could do swapsies. Alternatively, you might be able to pretend to be your own patron without moving your account ...
Brilliant! I would such a generous benefactor... to myself.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:55 AM   #8
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I'm really trying to hold out for the Nook 2 but now I'm leaning towards the kindle
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:25 PM   #9
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You know, you can buy DRM free e-books from Baen that work fine as gifts for Kindlers....

(That just occurred to me just now, despite having bought Baen e-books for myself several times, and even having been given some. I guess I'm just slow.)
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:29 PM   #10
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If they get this right, and Amazon often do (eventually at least), they will set this up so that the content is delivered automatically on the date that you specify, along with a message. So you can have content appear on someone's Kindle with a "Happy Birthday" message or whatever.

It appeals to me because I often use wishlists to give people ideas of what to get me as presents, and often want books - but I don't really want pbooks if at all possible.
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When I read the title of this thread, I interpreted it as "you can gift your e-books to someone else (e.g. transfer the license)". Wishful thinking on my part.

But THAT would be good news!
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:21 PM   #12
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Definitely a step in the right direction...
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I'd love if people in other geographies could gift you a book that wasn't available in your home country

What are the chances? After all, the purchase would be made in the correct territory...
It's not unheard of. Steam allows a purchaser to buy games in their country and gift them to someone living in a different country even if the game isn't available in that person's region.
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Old 08-20-2010, 01:54 PM   #14
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How nice of them to allow us to do what we already have the right to.

Before we get too excited about how great Amazon is for implementing this, remember that the reason we can't already do these types of things is because the DRM that the copyright cartel insists on is preventing it. If it weren't for DRM, you wouldn't need Amazon's participation/permission to gift an eBook.
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How nice of them to allow us to do what we already have the right to.

Before we get too excited about how great Amazon is for implementing this, remember that the reason we can't already do these types of things is because the DRM that the copyright cartel insists on is preventing it. If it weren't for DRM, you wouldn't need Amazon's participation/permission to gift an eBook.
Yes, it would be better not to have the DRM at all, but given that in the real world, we do, this is an improvement in their service. It will be a useful feature for me, so I'm pleased about it. Anything that the various vendors do to remove hassle associated with doing what one might reasonably expect to do with ebooks is a step forward, it seems to me.

Even better would be a universal standard without DRM, with an open, global market. Back on earth, I'm pleased to see each baby step towards a sensible, workable compromise.
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