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How to Send a Kindle eBook as a Gift
Publishing a book has been an eye-opening experience. When I initially approached my professor in the EdTech Department about publishing my book project as a grad school project, I was a bit taken aback when he suggested that I add an educational component. Not that I thought that it was unreasonable request. Rather, I wondered what I'd write about that would help writers learn how to publish a Kindle book.
Now, I'm seeing just how much I could teach writers. Little things that help promote a book, help a book to rank on Amazon, etc. And one of the best ways to promote your book is to do the Kindle Direct Publishing option and participate in free days.
There are a couple of ways to maximize the effectiveness of this, which I'll cover in a series of blog posts. The first of which is teaching you how to send a Kindle book as a gift. If you have a mailing list, this is a great way to get word out that you've published a book. It's also a way to reward loyal readers that doesn't cost you anything except time and a few email addresses.
Here's what it looks like:
Go to the right-hand side of the Amazon screen. You'll see the "Buy now with 1-Click" option at the top. Below that (as you can see in the picture below), you'll see the "Give as a Gift" option. Click on that.
That takes you to the gift screen.
You'll see options for your giftee's email, the date you'd like the book to be delivered, and space where you can address the person you're giving the gift to as well as a palce for a message.
While you may just truly want to give the book as a message, you can also take the opportunity in the message box to say "thank you," announce upcoming giveaways, let them know about paperback books, seminars, author/ reader meet ups via Google Hangout or Skype, etc. It's an easy and inexpensive way to connect with your readers if you participate in Amazon's free days.
In the next post, I'll discuss how you can take advantage of $.99 books to increase your book sales.