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Ideal gifts: Rekindle your love of reading with Kindle Paperwhite and The Circle by Dave Eggers


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.

➤ The Kindle Paperwhite [$119 on Amazon] / The Circle [$9.99 for Kindle]

You can see the rest of the Ideal Gifts in this series here

Published November 25, 2014 — 22:03 UTC

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