Friday, December 11, 2009

Five Gift Ideas for the Bookish Commuter (oh, and a giveaway)

I've put together five things that you can give a bookish
commuter that range anywhere from free to around $60.00. Let me know in the comments what you're giving your bookish commuter people this holiday season!

1. The Fulcrum Multi-Flex Booklight is the brightest booklight I have ever owned. Most of the time with my previous booklights, I've still had to squint to read the pages. This puppy lights up not only my book, but when Monster and I were in Yosemite this year, it lit up his book as well. Neither one of us had to squint. I heartily recommend this light as a gift, and am gifting this to a couple of people on my list this year. If your someone rides public transportation, this could be perfecto.

2. An Audible.com gift subscription. Here's how Audible works: You pay a flat rate for a certain number of credits per month. You trade the credits for audiobooks. You can burn them, or put them on your MP3 player or even your Blackberry to take with you wherever you go. We bought my dad a subscription for his birthday a few years ago and he's still redeeming his credits even now.

3. Obviously, audiobooks. I've reviewed a few this year, but I highly recommend The Summoning & The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong for YA Lit lovers, and The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson for lovers of nonfic, mystery, suspense, and thrillers. Yeah, it's that broad. Oh, and if you're in the market for an audiobook, enter the giveaway below for a chance at a copy of Dear John by Nicholas Sparks on audiobook.

4. It's always nice to have a portable audio device so that you can listen to audiobooks even if you don't have a subscription to Audible.com. You can always download Librivox titles for free if you have something to play them on. Maybe visiting Librivox.org and burning a community-read title would be a great gift for the computer-challenged among us.

5. For those who drive, I don't think an extra auxilary input cable can ever hurt. It always sucks to want to listen to that audiobook on your mp3 player but not be able to find the stinking cable. Or worse, you lent it to your buddy and can't remember which one to get it back. And of course it's not something you think to get when you go to the store. If not a major gift, it makes a great stocking stuffer.


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