How to order an e-book as a gift (Amazon or here)

Physical books are awesome as gifts (and by all means, get a copy of Mistakes Were Made as a gift), but sometimes people want an e-book. This can get a bit tricky, particularly if you don’t know how they read e-books.

Option one: purchase them a copy for their Amazon Kindlekindle purchase

  1. Confirm they have an Amazon Kindle or want the gift of an e-book for the Kindle system, and know their personal email address.
  2. Go to Amazon and select the Kindle version of the book.
  3. As of December 2015, select the box “Give as a Gift” on the right of the book product page and follow the instructions to add a delivery date, gift message, and email address. You can also have the gift email sent to you and you can forward it on. You will need to have one-click ordering enabled.


There are additional details on this Amazon page (see the “Purchase Kindle Book as a Gift” second section).

Option two: purchase digital access on this site

This is a great option if you’re not sure how your recipient reads e-books. After you place your order from the Books section of this site, you’ll get an email with information on how to download your book. You can simply forward this onto the gift recipient. They will have access to a Kindle file, an epub file (used by most other e-readers), and a PDF file.

As always, please only send the email if you have purchased the digital copy for them.

Any questions? Cat at Silurian Press can help ( ) with technical questions.