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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:14 PM   #1
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Apple Adds Gifting to iBookstore




Apple has added the ability to gift ebooks to friends and family through the iBookstore, reports Macworld. Users have long been able to purchase songs, movies or TV shows through iTunes, as well as standard gift cards, but the ability to gift a particular book is new.

Books can be gifted immediately, or the gift email notification can be held for a particular date, making holiday shopping particularly easy. Apple added the ability to gift App Store apps back in 2010.

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Gifting in the iBookstore works identically to Apple's iTunes and App Store counterparts: Just choose the book you'd like to gift, then tap either the dropdown arrow next to the price (on a Mac) or the Share button (on an iOS device). On a Mac, select "Gift This Book"; on iOS, choose "Gift"--then add the recipient's email, the sender's name, a brief message, and the date you want it sent (now, or later). One note: On iOS, it looks like you have to tap the "Today" field under "Send Gift" in order to change to a different date.
Users can only purchase gifts for recipients using their same country store; there is no ability to gift books internationally.

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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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while i think this is nice nothing beats the amazon kindle book integration.

it's too bad apple made buying books from the kindle/amazon app more inconvenient to customers.

that's corporations for you.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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Nice. Still waiting on Mac App Store gifting.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:18 PM   #4
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Finally, I wonder why it took so long.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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What happens if you buy a book, app, or music for someone and they already have it? Is the software smart enough to know they already have it if purchased from Apple (makes the most sense in the case of apps)? And if not, do users have the option of exchange or return? That has always been the main reason I've avoided buying apps as gifts.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:20 PM   #6
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Nice. Still waiting on Mac App Store gifting.
Yep, agreed!

Apple also needs to add the Wishlist feature to the iOS app of iBooks as well as the Mac App Store.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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YES! I've been waiting for this for awhile. Happy it came before Christmas. Thanks Eddy!
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 04:15 PM   #8
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What happens if you buy a book, app, or music for someone and they already have it? Is the software smart enough to know they already have it if purchased from Apple (makes the most sense in the case of apps)? And if not, do users have the option of exchange or return? That has always been the main reason I've avoided buying apps as gifts.
Here's a thought, you could always ask the person you're gifting it to if they have it already.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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We all like Gifts...... just in time for Xmas.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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I actually like this one. If only my wife didn't adore her physical collection...
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 04:35 PM   #11
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Here's a thought, you could always ask the person you're gifting it to if they have it already.
Here's a thought, a lot of gifts are supposed to be a surprise.

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Nice. Still waiting on Mac App Store gifting.
That would make corporate purchases for much easier!
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 04:58 PM   #12
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yay

and yes they still remove the ability to print the dam code ....
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 05:24 PM   #13
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while i think this is nice nothing beats the amazon kindle book integration.
Can you gift books on Kindle? I didn't think you could.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 05:31 PM   #14
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Can you gift free books?
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 06:03 PM   #15
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As a book publisher, I certainly welcome this move by Apple
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 06:04 PM   #16
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Can you gift free books?
Kind of, you can "Tell a Friend" which allows you to send a link to the book via email. Click the link in the email and it opens in iTunes or iBooks (if you have it installed on your device). It would be the same as if you did "gift" it to them, they click and redeem since it's "free" anyway.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 06:42 PM   #17
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I'm still waiting on the feature to loan books to friends.
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 06:52 PM   #18
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Nice Apple, nice....!.....

You are helping me to fulfill my Christmas list of gifts.....


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Old Dec 17, 2013, 06:53 PM   #19
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I'm still waiting on the feature to loan books to friends.
That would be super awesome! I would never use it myself but that would be and awesome feature!
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 07:03 PM   #20
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Can you gift books on Kindle? I didn't think you could.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custo...deId=200555070
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Old Dec 18, 2013, 03:18 AM   #21
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It's awesome and super-exciting that 'gift' has been turned into a verb.
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Old Dec 18, 2013, 05:25 AM   #22
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It's awesome and super-exciting that 'gift' has been turned into a verb.
Enter "gift" into the dictionary app on your Mac, and you'll find it has been used as a verb for ages.
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Enter "gift" into the dictionary app on your Mac, and you'll find it has been used as a verb for ages.
Yes, by morons.
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Yes, by morons.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...n/english/gift
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This page doesn't seem to exist on the UK Store, so I'm guessing we still can't 'gift' books here.
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