Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 12 gadgets and presents for book lovers

We've rounded up a selection of cracking Christmas gifts for the bookworm in your life

Ah, Christmas.

Time was you could wrap up a book, pop it under the tree and everyone would be happy. But in this age of ebooks and iPads, catering to the bibliophile is a little more complex.

We've rounded up a selection of gifts and gadgets for book lovers – whether they're card-carrying Kindle fans or clinging to paper and print. And if you're looking for book suggestions, don't worry – we'll be rounding up a selection of the best tomes for Christmas very soon.  

Katana bookends (£18)

The pen is mightier than the sword, as someone who has never tried to fend off a claymore-wielding assailant with a biro said. Fortunately you can have the best of both worlds with this magnetic set of bookends – slip the metal sleeves inside your books, and the katana hilt and blade will hover in place as if by magic.

forbiddenplanet.com

Kobo Mini (£30)

The cheapest ebook reader around, the Kobo Mini has a dinky 5in E Ink screen that'll fit perfectly in a pocket. And it has all the skills of its bigger cousins, with a touchscreen and Wi-Fi connectivity, plus access to an ebook store with over 3.5 million titles. And unlike Amazon's Kindles, it supports the EPUB format – so you can borrow ebooks from your local library.

whsmith.co.uk

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Bill Amberg Penguin iPad case (£150)

Pricey? Yes. But this iPad case is a gorgeous, understated way to declare your allegiance to the written word – on the outside it's leather with an embossed Penguin Books logo, inside it's finished in the same orange that graced the covers of Penguin paperbacks back in the day.

penguin.co.uk

Suck UK Dead Mark bookmark (£7.50)

Poor old Mark. There he was, minding his own business, reading a book – when all of a sudden the pages shut and he was squashed flat. Still, at least his death wasn't meaningless – he can live on as a bookmark.

suck.uk.com

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