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Gifts for the Kindle-lover in your life

With the holidays quickly approaching, we’ll soon be inundated with every kind of gift giving list imaginable. Here are the top 5 gifts for the techie in your life… for the fashionista in your life… for the musician in your life. If you looked hard enough, you could probably find the top 5 “oh shit, I forgot about you until the last minute” gifts. And of course, my two favorites, the top gifts for the reader and the writer in your life.

So I thought, why not jump on the bandwagon. Here’s a list of things, in no particular order, that I wouldn’t mind finding in my stocking. Maybe you’ll even find an idea or two for the Kindle-lover in your life.

Kindle case by ReAuthored
You’re going to see Kindle cases on every “Gifts for Readers” list this year, but you won’t see any like this. ReAuthored, a gem of a company I stumbled across on Etsy, was built on a simple idea and a love for books. “The original idea was that we would give discarded books a new life by re-purposing them into Kindle cases, thus allowing the book to live on.” All the cases are made from discarded hardback books that would otherwise be shredded. Each cover is fashioned to showcase a beautiful left hand page and designed to keep the aesthetic appeal of the hardback book while providing the security and function of a standard case. Each book is handcrafted to fit a Kindle, iPad, Nook, Xoom or any eReader of your choice.

Kindle sleeves that reflect my personality
Fine, I admit it. I’m an Etsy junkie. But can you blame a girl? Where else can you find so many handmade, one-of-a-kind items? A quick search for “Kindle Sleeves” yields over 5,000 beautiful and affordable results. With so many options, there is bound to be something for everyone. As for me… could this Owl from OhMyCake be any cuter?

Kindle skins
For as many covers there are available, there are just as many skins that can showcase your personality on your favorite reading device. I found this vibrant beauty in Nitza’s SkinKits shop. Skins are an easy way to turn your Kindle (or any device) into a work of art. Most skins are made of premium vinyl and are precision cut for a perfect fit. Skins are easy to apply and remove and many now come with an anti-UV coating to protect them from fading. Finding good skins is easy–it’s narrowing down your favorites and trying to choose one that’s hard!

Of course, if the reader in your life doesn’t own an eReader yet, you could always consider the Kindle itself. I can’t say enough about mine and how it has affected my reading experience… though I did manage to sum my favorite things up in this tidy little list. Consider that they are as affordable as ever (the original Kindle is only $79) and as innovative as ever (the Kindle Fire offers reading, music, apps, web, movies, games and more.) Or, if your Bookworm has it all, there’s always the Kindle giftcard. With such affordable content, that’s the gift that keeps on reading for a long time.



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Just another blogging bibliophile and her Kindle…

I’m going to admit something. Some hardcore book fans would have me kicked out of the club for this, but I’m going to admit it anyway.

I love my Kindle.
There, I said it.

Look… I know. I understand. I was skeptical at first, too. “It doesn’t feel like a book.” “It doesn’t smell like a book.” I used them all. And while I’m coming clean, I might as well go ahead and admit, yes… I still buy and borrow physical books because no technology could ever replace the sheer thrill of turning pages.

But those things aside, there is still one fact that has earned my Kindle a spot in my heart and in my purse as my constant companion: I have never read so much in my life as when I have owned a Kindle. And that’s saying a lot considering that I am a voracious reader.

Five awesome benefits of my Kindle:

  • I’m never without a book. No more not being able to find something specific at the bookstore. No more frustration when the book I want is check out at the library. No more waiting for someone to finish the book you want to borrow because you don’t have an extra $25 to spare to get your own copy.
  • I’m reading the classics for free. All those books you pretended to read in high school? You can read most of them for free. Jane Austen is my home girl now and who knew I’d love Charles Dickens so much? I’ve started a classic – new – classic – new reading rotation just because I can.
  • I’m never on the waiting list. As someone who has camped out overnight to get my hands on the latest installments of Harry Potter, I know the waiting game sucks. Or even just this past summer, some of my friends couldn’t find The Help anywhere. That tends to happen with books turned movies, but digital books are never out of stock.
  • I’m saving money. $5 for a book? Don’t mind of I do! Buying all the books that I’ve read on my Kindle so far in the real world would have cost a small fortune. With the Kindle, I spent a couple bucks here and there. Price alone is keeping my reading list jumping because I can afford to burn through it. And I can’t help but to think about the holidays coming up. A $50 giftcard to Barnes & Noble will get you 2 books, maybe 3 if you’re lucky. A $50 Amazon giftcard will keep you up to your eyeballs in books for months.
  • I’m broadening my horizons. Because books are so inexpensive, it’s easy to step outside your comfort zone. Choosing books can be a lot like choosing what to eat at a restaurant. You always want to try something new, but you’re afraid to spend the money on something you’ll end up hating. $25 is a lot of money to waste on a book you won’t enjoy so you stay with your favorite authors and in your favorite genres. Now I can try something new for free or $5-$10 without any buyers remorse at all.
So that’s that. I’m a Kindle-loving booknerd and I’ve started this blog to write about my literary adventures and to connect with other blogging bibliophiles. Maybe I’ll write about the books I’m reading or go off about how horribly a movie mangled its book. Maybe I’ll make it to Harry Potter World someday and I can write about what it’s like to step inside the world of one of my favorite stories. I guess the possibilities are endless… just like they are when you pick up a book. Or in my case, download one.

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