I’ve received a number of emails this fall from folks who purchased one of my eBooks as a gift and then were disappointed to find out it wasn’t a “real” book. I explained the difference and why I don’t yet have hard copies (not enough demand, but getting there after these emails, plus it’s more complicated and expensive), happily refunded their money, and checked my eBook pages to make sure the word “eBook” was prominently included.
That got me thinking.
Would an eBook make a good gift?
I think it could, for the right person.
5 Reasons to Buy an eBook as a Christmas Gift
- Clutter free – in our over-“stuffed” world, most adults are yearning for fewer things to get in their way
- Stocking Stuffer size
- Introduces your friend/family to a cool blogger they can get involved with
- The eBooks I’ve read, for the most part, are really good and worthy of sharing.
- Super fast last minute gift – you can go from the idea to a wrapped gift in less than 30 minutes, without leaving your house.
Who Would Appreciate an eBook?
Not everyone on your list would probably enjoy an eBook, but I think these folks would:
- Technical people who enjoy computers and own a laptop, Kindle, or other mobile device.
- Folks seeking simplicity, clutter-free gifts.
- Avid blog readers.
- Anyone who enjoys recipes would enjoy the cooking eBooks here at KS and some of my foodie affiliates.
- Particularly folks who use an online meal planning system like Plan to Eat, so they can copy recipes directly into that software.
How to Give an eBook as a Christmas Gift
I know a lot of people might think it a bit odd to receive an email of a book as a Christmas gift – nothing to wrap, not even a card. (Although I did do that for my two goddaughters with Truth in the Tinsel, because I wanted them to have it ASAP for Advent and they live far away…)
Here are a few ideas to overcome that problem:
- Make a CD: the eBook will still be a nearly clutter-free gift, and the recipient can put the book on their computer, leave it on CD, or print it out. Come to think of it, bloggers should provide free printable CD labels with their books. Hmmm…
- Put it on a thumb drive: it’s the gift that keeps on giving! Your friend or family member can reuse the thumb drive for transporting data after they put the eBook on their computer.
- Print it out: I make an effort to put all the photos in my books on two pages to save on color ink. You can easily print Kitchen Stewardship eBooks in grayscale and/or skip those two pages to make an economical copy. On the other hand, you’re also welcome to take the book to a copy center and have it professionally printed and bound with a plastic ring thingy – handy for the kitchen!
Even though it’s possible and simple to forward an eBook PDF file to one or two friends (or dozens), it’s fair, appropriate and legal to purchase a copy for each person who will own the book. In my eBooks, I say that you’re welcome to share a recipe or two with friends (such is the life of recipes and cooks), but sharing the whole book is a violation of copyright, just as photocopying an entire book from Barnes and Noble would be.
What to Buy
If you’re convinced an eBook would make a great last minute gift, allow me to help.
| Healthy Snacks To Go eBook by Katie Kimball Over 30 recipes to get you on your way with real food, fast (44 pages) $6.95|
| Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods, 2nd edition by Katie Kimball A Family Camping Handbook with Real Food Options, 2nd Edition (|
| The Everything Beans Book by Katie Kimball 30 frugal, nutrient-packed bean recipes for every eater (95 pages) $9.95|
|Smart Sweets by Katie Kimball 30 Desserts to Indulge your Sweet Tooth (89 pages) $9.95 Read more…|
Other People’s eBooks (that are wonderful)
- Truth in the Tinsel
- Herbal Nurturing and A Natural Noel (on sale 25% off with code 12DAYS25 through 12/27)
- My Buttered Life (gift giving edition)
- A Whole Foods Holiday
- Skyrocket your Savings
- Not Your Mama’s Crunchy Granola
- Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin
- Clean Start
- Tell Your Time
- Changing Diapers
- Modern Alternative Mama: In the Kitchen: Real Food Basics
- Real Food on a Real Budget