How do we give an e-book as a present? There’s no shortage of options. Publishing Perspectives tells us about a British company, ValoBox, which has come up with a neat solution to the problem. The website Gift an eBook is a trial site in partnership with Constable & Robinson. Here’s another idea from Enthrill using gift cards, also from Publishing Perspectives. Livrada, a technology company has another card-based scheme, described by GalleyCat last November. Yet another company offering the service is  E-books.com. Of course Amazon allows gifting on the Kindle, and Apple also lets you send an e-book as a gift. The comment about needing to be in the same country does high-light one problem. You won’t be able to send an e-book gift to your friends across the ocean — the rights will almost certainly be owned by different companies in different countries.

Will any of this satisfy those traditionalists who like to give (and receive) those neatly wrapped brick-like packages at Christmas time?

Gifting e-books may be problematical, but we seem to have mastered theft. This story dates from last June:  “Two men were arrested last week in Japan for allegedly using an illegal iAP Cracker app for smartphones and similar devices to steal more than ¥200,000 (about US$2,068) worth of e-books from Kinoppy, an online bookstore operated by the Kinokuniya chain. The Japan Times reported that Takahito Kano and Shuho Kikuzawa were charged with acquiring 259 e-books “using an application that sends a false message to an online store’s server that a payment has been completed. Both admitted the wrongdoing.” It is the first time police have investigated e-book theft.”

Later: Here’s a story from The Digital Reader, 26 November 2014, about how to give e-books as gifts.

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