Whoever said books make boring gifts has never been on the receiving end of our exquisite taste in literature.
From the devices to read them on to the titles that must make the cut, we’ve got them all sussed out for your add-to-cart pleasure for that family member or friend who appreciates the written word.
iPad Mini 2 (from S$548)
We were among the cynical few at first, but it all made sense the moment we held the baby iPad in our hands. Its size makes it perfect for one-handed reading during the commute. The Retina upgrade makes the text you devour easier on the eyes, while graphic novel readers will appreciate the significant level-up in pixels. In between reading sessions, surf the net and look for more books to buy.
In a world where reading is increasingly the preserve of ebook readers and tablets, what place is there for the physical book? Star Trek director J.J. Abrams and author Doug Dorst have answer that question with a book that can only really be experienced when you’re holding it in your hands. Ostensibly a novel called “Ship of Theseus,” S. features a second, intertwining narrative. This is told through marginalia and artefacts slipped between the pages; postcards, a map on a napkin, newspaper clippings and so forth. A unique celebration of the tactile experience of reading a book and proof that there’s life in the old tome yet.
Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End (S$12)
Perfect for the zombie fanatic, this first book in the Apocalypse Z trilogy introduces you to a man and his cat who find themselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Follow them as they traipse around the wasteland, searching for meaning and other humans. You’d better not finish the book too quickly though; we want to save you the frustration of being unable to read a book in existence as the final book in the series has yet to be translated. Trust us, we’ve been there.
Kindle Paperwhite (S$150)
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is an excellent choice. It’s a smidge lighter than the iPad mini, and claims to have a battery life of a few weeks - handy for those who have the tendency to flake on the nightly plug-in. Most importantly, it allows users to keep volumes in a single lightweight, low-maintenance device. With a new built-in light and reduced glare in daylight, this e-reader might be the best digital equivalent of a book.