Hello! Sorry I have missed a few days and I don’t know if I will be able to fit them in, but I’ve just been super busy and had a wee run in with a spider, which took me out for a whole day. Anyway, I have one last set of recommendations (I know I didn’t make it to 12. Oh well) for all the Tech Geeks out there.
1 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
If you happen to find someone who hasn’t read this book, then this is the perfect gift. This book is SOO good. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love it. It’s about a group of nerds on a massive scavenger hunt in an infinite online universe while a group of corporate A-holes try to sabotage them. It’s also full of 80’s pop culture references. Get it here: The Book Depository, Amazon.
2 – An Ereader
I absolutely LOVE my eReaders. Yes. EReaders. I have two. I love them both. EReaders are a fantastic gift to get someone for Christmas because it’s something that people may not really realise how much they would love until they have and use one. I know a ton of people who always claimed they would never want one until they were given one, and now they love them. If getting someone an eReader for Christmas, there are two recommendations I would make. EInk. All the way. EInk looks just like paper and doesn’t strain your eyes, where an LCD would be just like reading off a computer screen or a phone. It’s not great for your eyes because of the glare created by the back lit screen. My second recommendation is to get one with a front light. The front lights available on eReaders are actually really cool. They run along the top and diffuse down the screen so you get even light across the screen but because the light is in front rather than behind the text, you don’t get the glare. It’s fantastic.
There are lots of places that make eReaders now, but my favourites are Kindle and Kobo. I’ve had Sony and Nook before, and I have to say I far prefer the Kindle and Kobo.
My top choice for Kindle (and the Kindle I have) is the Kindle Voyage, it really is the top eReader around at the moment (in my opinion), but it is quite expensive, but there is also the more affordable Kindle Paperwhite which also has the front light. I wouldn’t recommend the touch, as I really think the front light is essential.
My top choice for Kobo would be the Kobo Glo HD. It has an HD screen and front light, and is the newest Kobo device (I have an older Kobo Aura). There is also another really awesome option from Kobo and that is the Kobo Aura H2O because it’s waterproof and is therefore the perfect gift for someone who likes to read at the beach or in the bath.
3 – Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This is a really cool book. It’s lighthearted and funny and just a really great book. Also, the cover glows in the dark. This is the story about a tech guy who loses his job and goes to work in a really odd 24-hour bookstore. It’s a perfect story about the melding of old and new technology and would just make a great gift. Get it here: The Book Depository, Amazon.
4 – I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. Harper Voyager Classics edition.
5 – Audible audiobook subscription
So I got myself an audible subscription about 6 months ago and I love it. Depending on the particular subscription, you get a certain amount of audiobooks per month (I just get the one per month), and there is a huge range of audiobooks to choose from, and they all have samples (listening to the sample before buying is essential as some just have boring or annoying voices). I chose Audible because it was the only one I knew of that was available in Australia, there are probably others out there, but I don’t know of them. Another thing I love about Audible is that it if you have a particular Kindle ebook (you don’t need a Kindle to use Audible – you use it on your phone or computer), the audiobook is often really cheap and you can also sync them between devices so if you start reading it on your Kindle then switch to the audiobook it will just pick up where you left off. As Audible is owned by Amazon (and some people don’t like Amazon), I’m sure there are other services which are just as good. But I use and love Audible. Find out more about Audible here.
Check out the other Bookmas posts on what to buy:
And all the Bookmas posts (including 2014) here.