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iPad Gifts for Book Lovers

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We've all got book lovers in our lives, folks whose stack of books to read next to their bed is taller than their nightstand, people who never seem to have enough bookshelves (OK, I may be speaking from personal experience here). When it comes to the holidays, though, these people are easy to buy for: get them books or book-related gifts and they'll be happy (and buried in their new books for a while). This list of iPad-specific gifts for book lovers may help you spice up your gift-giving this year.

1. iPad (or Kindle or nook)

Apple iPad
image copyright Apple Inc.

It won't be a surprise that a site devoted to iPads, iPods, and iPhones recommends that you get the book lover in your life an iPad this holiday season. It's a good idea - not only is it a great eBook reader thanks to iBooks, but it also offers tons of apps and games, web connectivity, and movie/music playback - but it's also a bit expensive: the iPad mini starts at US$399, while the iPad Air starts at $499, while the latest Kindles can be had starting at $69 (though it has fewer features) and Barnes & Noble's nook for $79. Whatever you choose, if your book lover can bring hundreds of volumes with them in a tiny, light package instead of a giant suitcase, they're going to be happy.

2. iPad Stand

Incase Convertible Book Jacket ipad stand
image copyright Incase

Reading in bed is one of the great pleasures of the bookish life, but holding a gadget in front of your face for hours at a time isn't terrifically fun. IPad cases that also have stand features that prop up the screen in a comfortable reading position solve that problem. Cases from Apple, Incase, Quirky, and others offer a built-in stand.

3. iPad Floor Stand

LEVO Deluxe eBook and iPad Floor Stand
image copyright LEVO
Want to do more than just prop your iPad up on your stomach when you read? Think that not having to hold your iPad at all would be preferable? Then LEVO's $159 Deluxe eBook and iPad Floor Holder Stand is for you. You connect your iPad to this arm and stand which is strong enough to hold your iPad and let you poise it and just the angle you prefer. When you're done reading, you can simply roll the stand away.
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4. Scosche fitRAIL Fitness Stand

Scosche fitRAIL
image copyright Scosche Industries
Spending a lot of time in the gym on an elliptical machine, stationary bike, or treadmill can get boring. It's much more interesting when you've got something to read, but if you do most of your reading on an iPad, what can you do? If you work out at home (or don't mind toting it around), you can solve this problem with the Scosche fitRAIL, a mounting kit for the iPad that can attach your reading material over the screen of your exercise equipment.
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5. DODOCase or BookBook Case

DODOCase for iPad
image copyright DODOCase

Book lovers who appreciate books as objects, not just containers of stories or facts, will thrill to these cases. Designed to look like folios (DODOCase) and old-fashioned leather-bound books (BookBook), they bring the look and feel of the classic book to the modern world of the iPad. Expect to spend $60-$70 on these objets d'art.

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6. iTunes Gift Card

itunes gift card
image copyright Apple Inc.

If there's one thing book lovers always want more of, it's books. Combine an iTunes Gift Card with Apple's ever-expanding iBooks store, and your recipient will always have something to read.

7. Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Readers aren't limited to iBooks for their e-reading pleassure. Amazon has brought its Kindle app to the iPad, and Barnes & Noble has done the same with its Reader app. This means that your book lover can buy and read eBooks in those formats, too, which is great thanks to Amazon's huge selection. Gifts cards from Amazon or Barnes & Noble will keep them in good reading and give them more choice.

8. Free eBooks from Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 30,000 free, iPad-compatible eBooks. You won't find the latest bestsellers there, but you will find a treasure trove of all-time great books, as well as some terrific historical oddities. Download a selection of books, burn them to CD, and you'll be able to deliver a library of classic literature in a tiny package.

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  6. Past iOS Holiday Buying Guides
  7. Holiday Buying Guide 2010
  8. iPad Gifts for Book Lovers - Holiday Buying Guide 2013

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