2013 Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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Buying gifts for book lovers can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what books they own. So before you panic and break out a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, give these ideas a try. From a Star Wars/Shakespeare mash-up to magic book shelves, Paste has you covered.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher
E-book: $8, Hardback: $12 at Amazon

May the verse be with you! Gloriously retold in iambic pentameter, Episode IV is presented as a Shakespearean play with accompanying illustrations. Touted as “a tale told by fretful Droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying … pretty much everything,” the book is so brilliant you’ll wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner.


Umbra Conceal Floating Book Shelf
$15 at Amazon

A shelf that makes your books look like they’re magically floating? This is just plain awesome. The Umbra Shelf is easy to install and holds up to 15 pounds of books, making it the perfect gift for bibliophiles everywhere.


A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps by Chris West
E-book: $13, Hardback: $20 at Amazon

This clever romp from 1840 to the present uses postage stamps to tell the history of modern Britain. From the history buff to the Downton Abbey addict, readers will be both entertained and educated by this quirky book.

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Book Cover T-shirt
Prices vary at Out of Print

Face it, bookworms can be die-hard fans when it comes to certain titles. So instead of buying them their umpteenth copy of Pride and Prejudice, get them a shirt sporting the book cover. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, Out of Print tees feature dozens of book covers — from old classics to children’s picture books.


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
E-book: $8, Hardback: $12 at Amazon

Known for writing the Mistborn trilogy and for finishing Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, Sanderson is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in fantasy and science fiction. His newest book, Steelheart, will captivate both teens and adults with its tale of a young man’s quest to kill a supernatural villain.


iPhone Speaker Book Dock & Charger
$208 at Etsy

By far the coolest tech for well-read nerds, this iPhone speaker is completely concealed inside of a book! Need we say more? The Etsy vendor accepts custom orders, so you can pick the book of your choice (this speaker was made in a copy of Dracula).


On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
E-book: $10, Paperback: $12 at Amazon

Perfect for the aspiring writer, On Writing Well is an essential staple of any author’s library. What sets it apart from other writing guides are its wit and kind advice; you’ll finish the book feeling empowered to write rather than overwhelmed by rules.


Kindle Paperwhite
$119*/$139 at Amazon

With no screen glare, a built-in light, and a battery that lasts for weeks, the Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers for book lovers on the market. Unlike the Kindle Fire, the Paperwhite is meant solely for reading, but that doesn’t mean the Paperwhite is without its tech features. Now you can translate passages into other languages, connect to the Goodreads community, and even get an estimate of how long it will take you to finish a chapter based on your reading speed.


*Priced at $119 if you allow special offers to display on the screen while you aren’t reading.

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