Need to organise a last minute gift? Perhaps you have missed the postal deadline, or your original gift is delayed in the post; or maybe you have an unexpected guest, or are out of ideas for someone hard-to-buy-for. Luckily, the internet has given us more options to make like we’ve had it planned all along. You can send specific eBooks, eAudiobooks, safely and almost instantaneously, with just a few clicks; to find the availability and best prices of eBooks and eAudiobooks, simply click on the “Audiobook” or “eBook” edition buttons below the book title when you are searching on Booko. (See the screenshot below)
If you have found the perfect book, but know that it won’t get to your recipient in time, you can try the eGIFT option at Boomerang Books . Their eGIFT certificate is a PDF which includes the details of the book(s) you have bought, plus you can add a personalised message. The eGift PDF will be emailed to you with your order confirmation – you can then print or forward this PDF to your recipient. This is also a great way to give a pre-order book – your loved one will become one of the first to receive it when it is released! To use this eGIFT service, search Booko as usual, click through to the Boomerang Books listing (taking note of Booko’s voucher code!):
add to cart at the Boomerang website, then select eGift during checkout:
Booko’s Guide to Gift Certificates
Booko has compiled a list of gift certificates offered by book retailers from around the world. These are a great way to buy for someone overseas, or someone who is hard to buy for. (And also great for young children, who might love the idea of choosing a book by themselves!) If you are interested in supporting local / small businesses this Christmas, many of your favourite local / indie bookstores also offer electronic gift certificates – contact them for details. Besides physical books / eBooks and eAudio, many bookstores will allow you to redeem other stock using their gift certificates. To give you some inspiration (and to shout-out to some of Team Booko’s favourite local and independent bookstores), here are some unusual and lovely gift ideas that can be redeemed using gift vouchers:
Book Bundle subscriptions
The Little Bookroom is a Melbourne icon and probably one of the best specialist children’s bookstores in Australia. They have a huge range catering to ages and stages from babies to YA; and they have super-knowledgeable staff who can offer suggestions, or even track down particular books or editions. Besides a classic gift voucher, you can also purchase subscriptions to Book Bundles, which will send your recipient three hand-picked books every three months. Six different age categories, from toddlers to teens, are available.
Limited Edition Art Prints
Alison Lester offers limited edition prints of her picture book art through her online store. The prints come from a range of her popular books, including Magic Beach and Kissed by the Moon, and depicts childhood with great humour and insight. Her store also offers signed copies of her books, t-shirts, and mugs as well children’s crockery sets. All items from Alison’s store can be redeemed using her email gift card.
eReaders offer us Booklovers new and convenient ways to read – even if we still love the feel of a physical book in our hands. They are compact and lightweight, have a huge amount of storage (most models can store thousands of titles), and can offer customisation including large font, dark mode and even Read Aloud, to help improve your reading experience. And you can get download books instantly upon purchase. The Kobo family of eReaders are particularly popular amongst those who buy eReaders for young readers – the e-Ink screen is comfortable to read; they can display eBooks from a range of stores including Google, Booktopia, and Dymocks as well as Kobo’s own store; and you can also use Kobos to access free eBooks from participating public libraries.