Apple Adds Gifting to iBookstore

Apple has added the ability to gift ebooks to friends and family through the iBookstore, reports Macworld. Users have long been able to purchase songs, movies or TV shows through iTunes, as well as standard gift cards, but the ability to gift a particular book is new.

Books can be gifted immediately, or the gift email notification can be held for a particular date, making holiday shopping particularly easy. Apple added the ability to gift App Store apps back in 2010.

iBooks Gifting

Gifting in the iBookstore works identically to Apple’s iTunes and App Store counterparts: Just choose the book you’d like to gift, then tap either the dropdown arrow next to the price (on a Mac) or the Share button (on an iOS device). On a Mac, select “Gift This Book”; on iOS, choose “Gift”—then add the recipient’s email, the sender’s name, a brief message, and the date you want it sent (now, or later). One note: On iOS, it looks like you have to tap the “Today” field under “Send Gift” in order to change to a different date.

Users can only purchase gifts for recipients using their same country store; there is no ability to gift books internationally.

Top Rated Comments

Futurix Avatar
104 months ago
Here's a thought, you could always ask the person you're gifting it to if they have it already. ;)

Here's a thought, a lot of gifts are supposed to be a surprise.

----------

Nice. Still waiting on Mac App Store gifting.

That would make corporate purchases for much easier!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sfrancis928 Avatar
104 months ago
Nice. Still waiting on Mac App Store gifting.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnyb Avatar
104 months ago
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/gift
So, a dictionary has correctly recorded the transformation in usage of a noun to a verb. What's your point? I expect it also records the fact that 'task' has, excruciatingly, become a verb as well. It's the job of a dictionary to reflect changes in usage. The fact that it does so is irrelevant. Mindlessly quoting an entry in a dictionary adds nothing. You have to think; thinking is so important.

The issue is: does 'verbing' make sense when we already have words that will do?

"It's now possible to give a book from the iBookstore" (If I give you a book it's a gift, wouldn't you say?)

"It's now possible to gift a book from the iBookstore"

What's the point of the latter, when the former is perfectly clear?

http://grammar.about.com/od/grammarfaq/f/verbingfaq.htm

I'm hoping that someone will reply "It's not that big of a deal" to make my day complete.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
decksnap Avatar
104 months ago
I'm still waiting on the feature to loan books to friends.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Icaras Avatar
104 months ago
Nice. Still waiting on Mac App Store gifting.
Yep, agreed!

Apple also needs to add the Wishlist feature to the iOS app of iBooks as well as the Mac App Store.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
milo Avatar
104 months ago
What happens if you buy a book, app, or music for someone and they already have it? Is the software smart enough to know they already have it if purchased from Apple (makes the most sense in the case of apps)? And if not, do users have the option of exchange or return? That has always been the main reason I've avoided buying apps as gifts.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

telsa cyberwhistle

Elon Musk Urges Customers to Buy 'Tesla Cyberwhistle' Instead of Apple Polishing Cloth

Wednesday December 1, 2021 4:01 am PST by
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has encouraged customers to buy the "Cyberwhistle" for $50 instead of Apple's much-discussed Polishing Cloth. The product page, which Musk shared on Twitter on Tuesday evening, offers a limited edition stainless steel whistle with the same distinctive design of the Tesla Cybertruck:Inspired by Cybertruck, the limited-edition Cyberwhistle is a premium collectible made from ...
iPhone SE Cosmopolitan Clean

New iPhone SE Reportedly on Track for Release in First Quarter of 2022

Tuesday November 30, 2021 8:08 am PST by
Apple plans to release a third-generation iPhone SE in the first quarter of 2022, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce. If this timeframe proves to be accurate, we can expect the device to be released by the end of March. As previously rumored, TrendForce said the new iPhone SE will remain a mid-range smartphone with added support for 5G:In terms of product development, Apple is...
maxresdefault

Five Features to Look Forward to in the 2022 MacBook Air

Tuesday November 30, 2021 1:51 pm PST by
In 2022, Apple is going to release an updated version of the MacBook Air with some of the biggest design changes that we've seen since 2010, when Apple introduced the 11 and 13-inch size options. In the video below, we highlight five features that you need to know about the new machine. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. No More Wedge Design - Current MacBook...
2017 apple tv

Cyber Monday: Original Apple TV 4K Drops to $99.99 for Amazon Prime Members

Monday November 29, 2021 12:01 pm PST by
We've been tracking Apple product and accessory deals for Cyber Monday 2021 today, and now Woot is offering a solid discount on the previous generation 32GB Apple TV 4K. You can get this device in new condition for just $99.99 if you're an Amazon Prime member. Note that this sale will last for one day only. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a...
apple top apps games 2020

Apple Reveals the Most Downloaded iOS Apps and Games of 2021

Thursday December 2, 2021 12:05 am PST by
Along with naming its editorial picks for the top apps and games of 2021, Apple today shared charts for the most downloaded free and paid apps and games in the United States across 2021. The number one most downloaded free iPhone app was TikTok, followed by YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. The top paid iPhone apps included Procreate Pocket, HotSchedules, The Wonder Weeks, and Touch...
Mac Notebook Upgrade Program

Apple Introduces New MacBook Upgrade Program for Business Partners

Monday November 29, 2021 7:38 am PST by
In association with CIT as the financing partner, Apple has launched a new Mac Upgrade Program for small businesses and Apple business partners that allow companies to easily distribute and upgrade their fleets of MacBooks at an affordable price to all of their workers. As outlined on CIT's website, shared by Max Weinbach, Apple Business Partners can distribute the 13-inch MacBook Pro,...
airpods prototype translucent

Transparent AirPods and 29W Power Adapter Prototypes Surface in Photos

Tuesday November 30, 2021 7:16 am PST by
Images of transparent prototype AirPods and a 29W Apple power adapter have been shared on Twitter by Apple device collector Giulio Zompetti. The prototypes, which appear to be either first-generation or second-generation AirPods, feature clear plastic along the stem and around the outer side of the earbud, with the normal white plastic on the inner side of the earbud. Transparent casings are ...
apple view concept right corner

Apple Planning to Replace the iPhone With AR Headset in 10 Years

Wednesday December 1, 2021 2:29 am PST by
Apple is planning to replace the iPhone with an augmented reality (AR) headset in 10 years, a process that is apparently due to start as soon as next year with the launch of a head-mounted device, according to a recent report. Concept render of Apple's rumored AR headset by Antonio De Rosa In a note to investors seen by MacRumors, eminent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explained that "Apple's goal is...