Give The Gift Of An eBook This Holiday Season

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Giving the gift of eBooks

This holiday season you can save time, money, and effort by just gifting eBooks to your friends who have tablets or eReaders.

There are several advantages to doing this: 

  • You will save money on wrapping paper, bows and tape.
  • You will have less things to hide/carry.
  • If someone lives across the country, the book is delivered to them wirelessly - no shipping costs!
  • You don't have to go to the mall to buy them, therefore sparing your mental health.
  • You will appear smart and tech-savvy, even if you are not.

But how does one go about gifting an eBook?! 

Digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media has put together a series of step-by-step videos on how to accomplish this feat. The Kindle video is embedded below, and you can check out their YouTube playlist to find videos for the iBooks, Kobo, Sony, and Barnes & Noble stores.

(FYI, I prefer the Kindle store, and I still don't have a copy of 1Q84. Just in case you didn't know what to get me. Thanks!)

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Korey December 10, 2011 - 3:51pm

I’m often conflicted when it comes to e-books and e-readers. The conspiracy theorist in me says, “This is a bad idea. What if my Kindle updates my library like my Mac updates software?” I’m afraid I’d wake up one morning to a PC version of Huck Finn. Jim has a new name fit for new era. I mean, what would George Orwell have to say about all this.

On the other hand the e-reader could be helpful to new authors. Publishers are obviously apprehensive to take risks on a no name. E-readers mean the publisher doesn’t have to pay for a physical product (i.e. they save money), so there isn’t too much lost if the book bombs. It could also help someone like my Grandmother who loves to read, but her eyes can’t decipher anything but large print books. The selection of large print material is lousy, reducing her to read James Patterson and Mary Higgins Clark. Poor Grams. It breaks my heart. On an e-reader she can blow up the font as big as she likes, taking the money and support from people like Patterson and giving it to writers worth their weight in words. In the end, if it gets people reading does the delivery method matter?

I am in no way advocating the e-reader or calling for the end of printed books. I’m just trying to look at the argument from all sides. Ray Bradbury said, “There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.” I hope he’s right.