The gift of books…without buying them books

The gift of books…without buying them books

Less than a week to Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), which is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the USA (and now, we aren’t the only country that has it).

You are probably at least thinking about getting gifts for people.

You probably also know some booklovers (and as a reader of this blog, you are likely one yourself).

You can never have too many books, so that might seem like an easy choice…

However, it can be very hard to buy a book as a gift for someone…even if you know them inside (where the books go) and out. 😉

There is a very good chance that they may have the book already. It’s like buying a blade of grass for a sheep…they’ll probably get to it first. 🙂

My Significant Other used to say nothing was better than buying me a book I didn’t have…and in some categories, that was definitely a challenge!

You can’t just sneak a peek at their shelves any more, either, or ask someone else to check. Not only do e-books make that more difficult, the existence of subsers (subscription services), like Amazon’s

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

and borrowing e-books from the public library, and legally free e-books, make it much harder to tell if someone has read something already. A booklover could easily be reading twenty books a month…and some read more.

So, what to do?

 Well, let’s start with one obvious choice…if you can’t beat them, gift them. 🙂

Give the Gift of Kindle Unlimited (Give the Gift of Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

You can give someone the gift of Kindle Unlimited!

Available normally are these options:

  • 6 months for $59.94
  • 12 months for $119.88
  • 24 months $239.76

Now, I keep hoping (and I have suggested it, not that they already hadn’t thought of it) that they do one month KU gifts. I would certainly give them to coworkers, and they would show up in a lot of office gift exchanges. They may think they don’t need to do that since you can typically get a free trial month, but it’s different when it’s a gift. Lots of people won’t try the free month who might be otherwise swayed by getting one as a gift.


  • Your recipient doesn’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of your gift…you can read the books on free apps
  • This can really be a gift to a family…everybody on the same account can read a book which is borrowed, under the normal rules (usually, six devices can have a book at the same time)
  • Your recipient(s) can have up to ten books out at a time
  • If they already are using KU, no problem! When they redeem your gift, anything else they have is pu on hold (retaining its value) until yours is use up
  • They can also trade in your gift for an Amazon gift card

This could be a life-changing gift, especially for kids. There are so many options here, including well-known older books. Of course, it’s possible you’ll want to monitor or guide their choices…just something to consider, since there are books you might not consider appropriate for various reasons.

By the way, if they do have KU, you are pretty safe buying a book from a major publisher which was recently released…those usually aren’t part of KU. However, they still might have read them, so you can also check their Amazon Wish Lists. One of the things you might want to do is remind people to update their lists…people may buy (or receive) books and forget to remove them from their lists. However, if you do gift them a book they already have from Amazon, they’ll have the option, like with KU, to get a gift card instead.

One especially cool thing they are doing: a bundle of a Kindle and a KU subscription! I don’t know when this will become available (it doesn’t look like it right now), but I think it will happen during this holiday season:

New Bundle: 6 months of Kindle Unlimited plus a Kindle for $79; also available for Kindle Paperwhite for $129 Kindle (the entry level model) + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*) Kindle Paperwhite + Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile*)

Another way to give a reader books without having to pick them is to give them something on which to read e-books. There are thousands of legally free books available, as I mentioned before.

You can read e-books on a lot of things (SmartPhones, even some watches), but there are two devices we know are going to be on sale this holiday season…specifically, sometime between now and Black Friday, but we don’t know when or how long.

One choice is to go with their new 7″ tablet

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $49.99 normally…it’s going to go down to $34.99.  This isn’t a dedicated EBR (E-Book Reader), so your recipient can also watch videos, play games, that sort of thing. That might be good or bad, depending on your point of view.

The other one is a great model of a dedicated EBR at a discount:

$119 Kindle Paperwhite for $99 Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile*)

Again we’ll just have to stay on top of it to know when these sales happen. They say are we going to be able to set up some kind of watch alerts in the

Amazon Shopping App (at AmazonSmile*)

although I don’t see that option yet.

I’ll try to alert you if I notice they are happening. If you notice one, and I haven’t written  about it, I’d appreciate you making a comment so I can alert my readers!

Give the gift of reading…and change somebody’s life! 🙂

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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