In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season.
I love reading, but never got around to the book store or library as much as I’d like, so it’s suffered over the years.
I’d always thought the Kindle was a bit dumb, after all, I own an iPad and can read books there! I did occasionally read on the iPad, but always got distracted by a push notification or sucked into the Twitter void.
When I got a Kindle Paperwhite, I finally rediscovered my love of books at long last. I love the Kindle because it’s a tiny, dedicated device with zero distractions. I take my Kindle everywhere, loaded with all my favorite books. It’s like a library in my pocket.
The Kindle is the perfect gift, because it’s relatively low-cost and the usage you can get out of it is far beyond many gadgets. I just gave my mom one for her birthday and she’s already addicted to reading on it.
I’m finally obsessed with reading again thanks to the Kindle and I love it. For bonus points when gifting, I highly recommend preloading The Circle by Dave Eggers.
The Circle is a novel about a not-too-distant future in which a social network basically controls the world; the parallels with what’s going on right now in Silicon Valley are insightful and incredibly close to home.