Below the purchase with 1 click button there is a button that says give as a gift. You click that and enter the persons email address and complete the purchase. Or you can send them a mobi or epub version of the book and let them download it to their device themselves.
It may also prevent them from either leaving a review or may remove a review they've left, because you now have established a gift giving relationship = personal relationship with them. Not to mention they don't have to use the gift on the book you intended them to have: they can use it for anything.
As in a coupon code for a free book or reduced price? No, though you can do that through Smashwords.
With Createspace you are buying a physical object at wholesale. Not the same. You can email a copy of your archive mobi to anyone you like. Getting Amazon in the middle is making this harder than it needs to be.
I've done this thru Amazon, so let me tell you my experience. (I did it thru Amazom.com, dunno re UK.)
As someone else mentioned, there's an option on the book product page to Give As A Gift. NOTE - you need to get the
e-mail address that your gift recipient uses to log into Amazon - many people have multiple e-mail addys, make sure you get the right one, I expect could be probs otherwise.
Giftee will get an e-mail from Amazon telling them of the gift. They CAN use this money for anything on Amazon - including MY book, as someone very cleverly suggested to me when i first asked.
You can go back and check the status of your gift, to see whether it's been downloaded by the giftee. You will get your normal royalties on the book, when the giftee downloads it, so, it will cost you the remainder of the book price. (I.e, if you get 70% royalties, you will 'lose' the remaining 30%; if you get 30% royalties, you will 'lose' the remaining 70%.) You will pay for the book as soon as you buy it, like any other; you will get your royalties on that sale down the road, like any other sale. If the giftee never downloads the book, you lose the whole purchase price.
Giving book as a gift thru Amazon does NOT prevent the giftee from writing a review; I've done it, they wrote review, was no problem. The only catch is that the giftee / reviewer will not show on the book product page as a 'confirmed' purchaser of the book. (The woman I gifted to was on top of this; she very nicely added to her review, 'I was given a copy of this book in return for a candid and honest review.')
Sorry, I don't know anything re the other suggestions, mobi files or whatever they were.
Hi - It sounds like you're on the same track I am and wanted to get your feedback.
I've been offer my ebook at a discounted price on my website and have used Smashwords coupon code to send the buyer there, but it remains an issue because most people don't want to create an account in Smashwords in order to get the book they paid for. SOOO, I started sending two-three versions epub, mobi, and sometimes pdf. What stops a person from sending that to all their friends? Is that a big concern for you or do you have a fix for that?
Hi, I have a question about your experiment with gifting ebooks to people as an author. I am wondering if this could be done as part of a promotion where the book was priced at $0.99, then I purchased and gifted it as desired. Then (perhaps the next day), I raised the price to whatever I intend to charge as normal list (say $4.99). Would the receiver of the gift be able to download the book I gifted/sent to them, or would they only have a $0.99 gift card and need $4 more for the book -- since the price was now higher?
If you're giving them a 99c gift card, no, they won't be able to buy a $4.99 book with it. I think you just figured this out yourself. As long as you keep in mind that you are "gifting" a gift card, not the book itself, it all makes sense.
As a UK resident, I cannot buy an ebook from amazon.com, so cannot send a copy to US-based people.
As they are US-resident, they cannot use the voucher I send from the amazon.co.uk site.