How to gift a book on Amazon. Easily share your paperback or a Kindle book
Gifting a Book to Friends and Family
As a writer, you will often want to give a copy of one of your books to certain people.
Perhaps they are a friend or a relative, or it may just be a seasonal or a birthday gift. and at times it's smart to send a free copy to someone who might help your books sales.
One way to easily send these books to others is by using the Amazon system.
Of course, I am assuming that the book you want to gift is actually listed on Amazon, but considering their dominance in the Book sales industry, this is probably a safe assumption.
Although the process is relatively simple, I am listing th steps here for those of you that might be new to using Amazon for purchasing a product and especially new to sending Amazon products as a gift.
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Of course, you can use this same process for gifting any Amazon product, but,again, I am concentrating on gifting a book in this article.
First of all, you have to be a member of Amazon.
If you are a writer,and already have an account on Amazon, then you will already have an account. When you signed up for your account, you have to include your personal information including your preferred Credit Card account for them to bill your purchases to.
And, don't worry, Amazon has a pretty tight security system to assure that they are not hacked so your information is secure from their end.
Of course,you need to keep your personal information secure on your end for any such system to work safely for you.
As you Amazon veteran users know, once you have set up your account with them, you will have access to literally millions of items including their extensive library of books..
And, somewhere in that vast library are your books.
Give a Friend a Book!
A good book is a great gift for a friend. It can carry; education, entertainment, or just escape within it's pages.
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Reasons to GIFT a BOOK
There are many reasons for giving away a copy of your Book, and even for a serious here are some viable business justifications along with personal ones.
Gift your Book to a FRIEND or RELATIVE
Giving a copy of your Book to a friend or relative is a personal decision. Often, you want them to just have a copy, because of your relationship with each other, and sometimes, you just value and want their opinion of your writings.
For whichever reason, these personal gifts are usually special to a writer and well worth the cost of the purchase price.
Invariably, when I gift a book to someone close, whenever I am around them again, they will mention the gift,and I will offer to sign their copy for them. I always enjoy giving these copies of my works out and I even get some good comments from these people who are close to me.
Gift your Book for Exposure
One thing that any writer, especially a struggling or relatively unknown one, needs to do at times is to give copies of their book to certain people in the industry with hopes of increasing their sales.
When you use Amazon for gifting copies, you can use your Amazon sales and purchase records, that they send to you monthly, for your expense records.
In reality, you probably already know that you need to selectively hand out copies to these influential people. Some of the people who can influence you sales are; Potential Professional Reviewers, Book Store owners, Librarians, and others, sometimes even if the possibility that they will ever read your work is remote.
Gift your Book on Seasonal Holidays and Birthdays
Face it, if you are a serious writer, and and need exposure for your books, what is a better reason to send someone a copy than as a Gift on a Holiday or for their Birthday?
A book will always be a great Holiday of Birthday gift for someone and you don't have to worry about it being the right size or color. And, honestly, it will probably cost you less than pretty much anything else that you might purchase for them.
And, even the most hardened industry professional would not be so gauche as to complain about receiving a book as a gift. Of course,it the book really sucks ...........?
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How to send a Kindle eBook as a Gift on Amazon
So, assuming that you have an account on Amazon, you should do the following;
1- First Log onto Amazon with your account login and password.
2- When the main screen is displayed, there is a SEARCH box displayed near the top of the page.
3- In the search box you should type BOOKS and hit the ENTER key.
4- The page will change again and the search box will now be open for your search within the library of Amazon books.
At this point, you can type the book Authors name, or the book Title for your next level of search.
5- I usually type the book Authors name, even if that is me, to get a full listing of the Authors books.
Now the screen will display all of the books that the specific Author has available on Amazon, whether they are in Paperback or Kindle Book formats,along with the price for each version.
6-Select the version that you wish to gift and the page will change again to a page of data about the specific book and version that you have selected.
7- On the right hand side of the screen is a box where you will have options for you to purchase the book. One of the choices is GIVE AS A GIFT.
8- Click on GIVE AS A GIFT and the screen changes again to one where they want you to confirm your login address and your password. Fill these in and then click on
SIGN IN TO OUR SECURE SERVER.
7- If you are gifting an eBook (KINDLE Version, the next screen will be where you can input the receivers email address, your Name, the date that you want the elail deliveredand a short message to the receiver of the gift.
At this point you can review the email to be sent and edit it if you so desire, or you can click on PLACE YOUR ORDER to complete the transaction
Or, if you want to send a PAPERBACK Copy as a Gift
8- If, on the other hand, you wan to send a Paperback copy, then do the following;
A- Once you sign in to your Amazon account, and have searched on the Authors name or the books title just like descried above, you will click on the specific book and the screen will now have a page on the right that will allow you to ADD TO CART or BUY NOW WITH 1-CLICK.
B- Before you select, check the box THIS WILL BE A GIFT.
C- Also click the option ADD AN ADDRESS under SHIP TO.
D- Now you can click on ADD TO CART and the screen will change to one where you will need to enter your login address and password again for security purposes.
E- Once you do this the screen will change to one where you will need to fill in the receivers address information, and once this is done press CONTINUE.
F- If everything is OK, then the screen will change to one where you confirm the address your book is to be shipped to and if it is right then click on; SHIP TO THIS ADDRESS
G- The next page you will see will offer you the option to have your book gift wrapped or on as well as a place where you can include a FREE GIFT NOTE to the receiver.
Once you have made these selections, press CONTINUE to confirm your payment options and then ship your book.
That's IT! You have just sent a Gift Copy of your book.
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