If you have a book lover in your life, don’t struggle with which book to buy this holiday–get them gadgets that make all books more fun instead. Here are our favorite high-tech gifts for the avid readers.
OK, we’ll admit up front that the Barnes & Noble Nook is
sold out through New Year’s. But you can order it as a gift now and the
recipient will get a holiday certificate promising it’s on the way. Why
the Nook’s better than other e-readers: Over 500,000 complete eBooks
are available free. The Nook has a reading screen and a color
touchscreen. And you can lend your e-books to your friends even if they
don’t have Nooks. We also like the designer covers from Kate Spade,
Jack Spade, and Jonathan Adler.
Wrinkled, batter-covered pages be gone: The Demy has a color,
rotating touchscreen and holds up to 2500 recipes in a single sleek
device. Sync it up with your account at keyingredient.com or type in
recipes of your own. The Demy comes with three built-in timers and
handy conversion and substitution features, and most importantly, it’s
kitchen-safe–if it gets splattered, just wipe it with a damp cloth.
LightWedge Reading Light, $19.99-$24.99
The LightWedge’s unique design reduces glare and won’t wake up
the person sleeping next to you, and its two brightness levels are a
boon for tired eyes. When not in use, it serves as a bookmark. Comes in
paperback ($19.99) or hardcover ($24.99) size.
Audible.com Gift Membership, $45-$138
Audible.com has over 60,000 digital audiobooks available for
download to almost any MP3 player or phone. Give a gift membership and
the recipient can listen to whatever books they like. Different plans
are available: 1 book/month for 3 months, 1 book/month for 6 months, 2
books/month for 3 months, or 2 books/month for 6 months. Plus, each
membership comes with a free digital subscription to the New York Times or Wall Street Journal.
Book Bungees, Set of 5, $20
Perfect stocking stuffers: Book bungees mark your place, come in
fun colors, and prevent books from opening and getting messed up in