- 20 perfect gift ideas for people who love to read
- 1. For the on-the-go reader: Kindle Paperwhite
- 2. For the reader who won’t be outdone: Kindle Oasis
- 3. For the minimalist book collector: Umbra Conceal floating bookshelf
- 4. For the nostalgic bookworm: Postcards from Penguin card book
- 5. For the reader who listens to their books: 3-month Audible membership
- 6. For the book lover in search of some solitude: Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones
- 7. For the bookworm who reads in the tub: Your Majesty bathtub tray caddy
- 8. For Kindle Paperwhite owners: Official leather cover for the Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
- 9. For book lovers who read in the dark: Perfectday rechargeable reading light
- 10. For stylish book fans: Momo folding book lamp
- 11. For the bookworm who enjoys setting the mood: Paddywax Library Collection Jane Austen soy wax candle
- 12. For the reader who likes to display their personal library: Sriwatana geometric bookends
- 13. For the foul-mouthed bibliophile: Bards Dispense Profanity card game
- 14. For those who love the smell of old libraries: “Old Books” scented candle
- 15. For the reader with a competitive streak: Ex Libris tabletop game
- 16. For the classy reader: Hide & Drink leather bookmarks
- 17. For the whimsical reader: Fred & Friends Sprout Little Green bookmarks
- 18. For the bookworm with big ideas: Book Darts line markers
- 19. For the reader who needs to get a grip: PagePal handmade walnut page holder
- 20. For the vocabulary champion: Scrabble Deluxe Edition with rotating wooden game board
- What makes a special gift for a book lover?
- 1. Shredded Foam Reading Pillow
- 2. Eye Care Book Light
- 3. Lightweight Tote Bag
- 4. Amazon Kid’s Bundle
- 5. The Supershelf
- 6. Transparent Celestial Globe
- 7. Marvel Comic Duvet Cover
- 8. Portable Heart Light
- 9. Book Light Lamp
- 10. Book Lover’s iPhone Case
- 11. Crescent Floor Lamp
- 12. Multi-intensity Eye-friendly Reading Lamp
- 13. Mini bookshelf
- 14. The Kindle Paperwhite ereader
- 15. Portable Peeramid Bookrest
- 16. Thumb Thing Book Page Holder and Bookmark
- 17. Book Lover Pencils
- 18. Bookish AF Decal
- 19. Knock Knock Personal Library Kit
- 20. Wooden Page Spreader
- 21. Love Live Read Scarf and Hand Warmers
- 22. Book Lovers Casual Shoes
- 23. Purrrfect Books Wallet Phone Case
- 24. Library Nook Car Seat Covers
- 25. Imagine Inspirational Pillow
- 26. Floating Book Shelf
- 27. Book Rest Lamp
- 28. Personalized Bookplate Stamp
- 29. Skin for Kindle 4
- 30. Beanbag Stand for eBook Readers
- 31. Shakespeare Insults Poster, Art Print
- 32. Fred & Friends THE END Dramatic Bookend
- 33. Jane Austen Coffee Mug
- 34. Non-Slip Book Weight
- 35. Book Lover Reading Books Club Librarian Black Glasses Pillow Cover
- 36. Asymmetrical Bookcase
- 37. Alice in Wonderland Book Scarf
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20 perfect gift ideas for people who love to read
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Shopping for someone who loves to read can tough, especially if you’re trying to avoid gifting them actual books. After all, some of us are a little bit picky about the sort of books we read.
That’s where we come in. As product experts, we’ve got a pretty good handle on what is and isn’t worth your money. This year, we’ve decided to carve out a little space for all of the bookworms in our lives.
So if you know someone who can’t keep their nose out of a book, consider borrowing one of these ideas.
1. For the on-the-go reader: Kindle Paperwhite
We’ve spent years testing Amazon’s Kindle e-readers and our writers use them outside of work on a regular basis. This holiday season, the best Kindle for most people is the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite. It offers a bright, crisp display and loads of storage, and it can be used to read thousands of books downloaded from the Amazon Kindle Store.
Get the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon for $149.99
2. For the reader who won’t be outdone: Kindle Oasis
With its waterproof aluminum body, physical page turn buttons, and glass display, the new Kindle Oasis’s form and features feel luxurious when compared against the dependable functionality of a Kindle Paperwhite. If your book-loving friend or family member is serious about investing in an e-reader, the Kindle Oasis is the bookworm gift to beat this year.
Get the Kindle Oasis from Amazon for $279.99
3. For the minimalist book collector: Umbra Conceal floating bookshelf
Traditional bookcases are lovely, but their footprints can be too big for small-sized living spaces. These minimalist floating bookshelves, on the other hand, are a fun and flexible way to organize your book collection.
With books in place, the L-shaped shelves disappear, creating the illusion of a floating stack of books. This set of three bookshelves comes with all the necessary hardware, too.
Get the Umbra Conceal floating bookshelf (set of 3) from Amazon for $21.99
4. For the nostalgic bookworm: Postcards from Penguin card book
Penguin Books is known for its iconic paperback book covers. This collection of Penguin book cover postcards is a great way to share some literary nostalgia with the readers in your life—and a good way for them to share the same with their friends. Featuring 100 classic book covers on 100 individual cards, this set is perfect for folks who’re tickled by art and design.
And here’s a bonus: If you gift someone a collection of elegant postcards, there’s a good chance you’ll get one of them as a thank-you note sometime down the road.
Get the Postcards from Penguin card book from Amazon for $16.09
5. For the reader who listens to their books: 3-month Audible membership
Audiobooks have made it incredibly easy for people to keep up with their reading while commuting, exercising, or cooking dinner. Audible, Amazon’s audiobook subscription service, is a favorite of both our staff and our readers for its simplicity and incredible selection. It’s the perfect gift for the person who laments about their lack of available reading time.
With a three-month Audible membership, your book-obsessed loved one will enjoy a ridiculously large selection of audiobooks that can be accessed anytime, anywhere with the free Audible app.
Get a three-month Audible membership from Amazon for $45
6. For the book lover in search of some solitude: Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones
Of all the noise-canceling headphones we tested in 2019, the Sony WH-1000XM3 over-ears impressed us the most thanks to their comfortable fit, posh design, and superb noise-canceling performance.
There’s nothing worse than settling in for a good book and finding yourself consumed by the noisy distractions of the world around you. If the bookworm in your life has been searching for some peace and quiet, these Sony headphones are a perfect investment for longterm tranquility. (Did we also mention that they’re perfect for audiobooks?)
Get the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones from Amazon for $348
7. For the bookworm who reads in the tub: Your Majesty bathtub tray caddy
No longer should your loved one continue living a life in which they are not reading in the tub after a long day’s work. This bamboo bathtub caddy from Your Majesty is extra long to fit most tubs and features all of the slots and trays needed for wine, candles, and, of course, books.
Get the Your Majesty bathtub tray caddy from Amazon for $41.97
8. For Kindle Paperwhite owners: Official leather cover for the Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
If your book-loving friend or family member already owns the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite, surprise them with an attractive protective cover that’s refreshingly short on added bulk.
This leather cover is available in seven different colors (but if you ask us, there’s nothing more classic than black leather).
Get the Kindle Paperwhite leather cover from Amazon for $39.99
9. For book lovers who read in the dark: Perfectday rechargeable reading light
Portable reading lights should be slim, reliable, and rechargeable, and that’s exactly what the reader in your life will be getting with this reading light from Perfectday. There are three different brightness settings—each with its own color temperature.
Get the Perfectday rechargeable reading light from Amazon for $10.99
10. For stylish book fans: Momo folding book lamp
The Momo folding book lamp is a delightful, cozy piece of design that, like a good book, inspires and comforts with its energy. Should your loved one need a light to read by, the Momo folding book lamp is an evocative solution.
Get the Momo folding book lamp from Amazon for $32.99
11. For the bookworm who enjoys setting the mood: Paddywax Library Collection Jane Austen soy wax candle
The Paddywax Library Collection features an array of scents designed to evoke the lives and work of literary legends. Consider the Jane Austen blend: gardenia, jasmine, and tuberose, the last of which is thought to leave a lascivious impression on those who smell it.
The burn time is 60 hours—but that’s just for the candle itself. Your passion might burn for a lifetime.
Get the Paddywax Library Collection Jane Austen soy wax candle from Amazon for $21.21
12. For the reader who likes to display their personal library: Sriwatana geometric bookends
Why frame your books with anything less than a modern, visually appealing bookend? These geometric bookends from Sriwatana feature a chic design without taking up too much space. Available in both black and white, they’re an elegant way to keep literature front and center.
Get the Sriwatana geometric bookends (1 pair) from Amazon for $13.99
13. For the foul-mouthed bibliophile: Bards Dispense Profanity card game
Bards Dispense Profanity is exactly what you think it is: a Cards Against Humanity-style game where every card features a reference to the works of William Shakespeare. There’s not much more to say about them, really, and that’s fine—brevity is the soul of wit, after all.
Get the Bards Dispense Profanity card game from Amazon for $24.95
14. For those who love the smell of old libraries: “Old Books” scented candle
Some people crave the musty atmospherics of an old library, and frankly, we can’t blame them. This natural soy wax candle from Old Castle Candles features an aroma that’s a dead-ringer for antique books on a dusty old shelf. Esoteric? You bet it is.
Get the Old Castle Candles “Old Books” scented candle from Amazon for $22
15. For the reader with a competitive streak: Ex Libris tabletop game
Ex Libris is a game in which one to four librarians square-off in a race to collect the biggest and best library of rare books. If this sounds a little too on the nose for the bookworm in your life, there’s a good chance they’ll get a kick out of it.
For literary-minded folks, Ex Libris is a perfect fit, since the game is focused on the alphabetization and the overall variety of any given book collection. As one Amazon reviewer put it, however, “don’t play with a librarian.”
Get the Ex Libris board game from Amazon for $42.94
16. For the classy reader: Hide & Drink leather bookmarks
Nothing says “I’m serious about reading books” like a big, honkin’ piece of cattle hide hanging out of the side of your copy of Moby Dick.
These hand-sewn leather bookmarks from Hide & Drink are far sturdier than an old envelope, a frayed baseball card, or whatever your loved one is currently using as a bookmark.
Get the Hide & Drink leather bookmarks (set of 3) from Amazon for $7.99
17. For the whimsical reader: Fred & Friends Sprout Little Green bookmarks
If leather bookmarks are too much for you, consider these ridiculously precious sprout-style bookmarks from Fred & Friends. Each pack comes with six sprout bookmarks, and each sprout features its own, special shade of green. Get ’em for the daydreamer in your life.
Get the Fred & Friends Sprout Little Green bookmarks (set of 6) from Amazon for $8.46
18. For the bookworm with big ideas: Book Darts line markers
It doesn’t need to be flashy to be thoughtful. Take Book Darts, for example: These old school, metallic line markers are quite possibly the simplest way to mark reference-worthy lines and passages without covering your precious books in sticky notes or ink.
The perfect stocking stuffer a side gift, Book Darts are simple, elegant, and sure to be appreciated.
Get the Book Darts line markers (125 count) from Amazon for $14.99
19. For the reader who needs to get a grip: PagePal handmade walnut page holder
For serious readers, it can be hard to juggle a good book with some of life’s more important day-to-day tasks—like laying on your back in a park, for instance, or pounding a glass of wine. Consider, then, this handmade page holder from PagePal. When equipped, holding a book becomes an easier task to carry out single-handedly. This frees up your other hand for a glass of wine and makes it easier to read on your back.
It’s one of the most utilitarian gifts in our book lovers gift guide, but if you ask me, it’s also just an attractive-looking object to have hanging out on your coffee table or nightstand.
Get the PagePal handmade walnut page holder from Amazon for $25.95
20. For the vocabulary champion: Scrabble Deluxe Edition with rotating wooden game board
This high-class version of the game features a swiveling wood cabinet design with mahogany finish, matching tiles, and an unspoken promise that you’ll never be satisfied with another plastic, rinky-dink version of Scrabble ever again.
As a gift, it’s both safe and thoughtful—the gift-giving equivalent of making a classy toast at a party.
Get the Scrabble Deluxe Edition wooden board game from Amazon for $107.99
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What makes a special gift for a book lover?
You want to find the best book gifts for your bookworms to let them know how much they are loved and appreciated?
It doesn’t always have to be a book to be a meaningful present – you can bring nice surprises to them with your creativity!
Need to move quickly? Grab one of these in the box…
The Quick Top 10 List:
- Our #1 pick for the best book light
- Keep a million books in one… with the best ebook reader
- Already have one? Style it with a fancy case
- Night-owl? Get some blue-blockers for eye-saving powers
- Reading at a desk? Grab a small (yet powerful) lamp
- Reading rooms just need more light. Buy the best floor lamp I’ve ever found (yes, I bought this exact model and LOVE it!)
- Book stands help save necks (especially with bad posture)
- A fancy arc-ed lamp to show off … and helps with reading light
- Unisex, lightweight, fairly priced reading glasses
- Comfort at its finest… A cozy leather lounge chair for reading
All of these gift ideas for book lovers make wonderful Valentine’s Day Gifts, Easter Presents, Birthday Gifts, and Christmas Gifts too!
Here are 40+ best gift ideas for book lovers, or future book lovers that you can never go wrong with.
1. Shredded Foam Reading Pillow
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This is our pick for the best gift for a comfort-loving reader. Nothing can substitute your hug, but when you’re not around, let your cherished person feel the warmth of your love with this pillow.
Designed for readers, the pillow supports their neck and back, and arms, making it comfortable to sit upright or halfway to read. Its cover is as soft as a gentle caress.
It’s a gift from you for them to lean on to find safety, comfort, and backing when they open their books to begin the adventures.
2. Eye Care Book Light
A book light is the perfect gift for a late night book reader, especially if they are keeping you up late!
This Ecologic Mart’s Eye Care book light with two heads producing a soft, eye-friendly amber light will be a gift much appreciated by a night owl reader.
Every night when they get turn the light on to read before calling it a day, the pleasant glow on their book will remind them of the gentle, caring love you have for them.
The thoughts of you will warm their heart in the last moments of the day.
3. Lightweight Tote Bag
It’s very easy to point out immediately the frequent customers of a library or a bookstore – they don’t use toxic plastic bags to carry the books. Nor do they carry fancy but heavy leather items. Instead, every one of them have a fabric or paper bag.
This is our pick for the best gift for the busybody book reader.
This tote bag is handsewn in America with poly poplin fabric and a sturdy cotton webbing strap. Thanks to the material and the simple design, the bag is extremely light. And that’s the selling point – it can hold several heavy hardbacks without adding its own weight to the package.
As it’s durable, washable and reusable, the bag is a great choice for your eco-friendly book lover. Plus point: it has a cute artwork. A bookworm will love this gift.
You won’t find a more useful gift for your beloved library goer than this.
4. Amazon Kid’s Bundle
Best gift for kids who love books.
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Making sure books are always available for them is a way to nurture your children’s curiosity, to encourage them to master languages and learn about the nature and the cultures of the world.
This Kid Bundle from Amazon comes with books that you can handpick for your child’s young mind in an eye-friendly Kindle Basic ereader. All distractions blocked – you never have to worry about your child getting access to improper contents, or accidental purchases.
The Kindle is featured with Vocabulary Builder. Don’t be surprised the next time you hear your child talk with beautiful complex words!
For when your very active child accidentally drops the ereader or spills some milk on it, the device is guaranteed against damages for a good two years.
5. The Supershelf
Best Gift for the creative decorator AND Best Gift Under $25.
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A unique gift that promises to bring at least a delighted smile to the recipient.
The shelf consists of a metal part that can be installed on the wall. Then a superman magnet that seems to be pushing up from underneath, saving the books from falling onto the floor.
It looks simple, and it looks cool and lively. You can’t not notice it. And once you’ve noticed it, you can’t help but starting a conversation about it.
This Supershelf may not be the most expensive gift you can give, but it surely will be one of the most cherished. Be the receiver a little superman fan, a teenage schoolgirl, your nerdy colleague or your young-minded grandma.
6. Transparent Celestial Globe
Best gift for the bibliophile scientist!
If your kid keeps asking why the Sun rises in the east, or why the moon can only be round in certain days of the month, it’s time to introduce them to some basic concepts of astronomy.
This celestial globe includes an earth globe and a sun globe, which both allow your child to rotate to observe our planet’s relationship to the stars, planets, and galaxies.
Learn with them. Take them out to explore the planets and the stars. Nurture their dreams about adventures in the space.
They may not necessarily end up landing on Mars. But wherever they go, your child will have in their heart an appreciation of the beautiful universe, and the memories of your their quality time with you.
7. Marvel Comic Duvet Cover
Best gift for young readers.
What can be cooler than an adventure with the Spiderman when everyone else is asleep?
This reversible duvet is a Marvel Comics fan’s dream item in their bedroom. It comes in bright, colorful Superman comic pictures, which likely will make your child’s bed the center of the room. To finish the look, two pillowcases of the same theme are included.
Give this to your Spiderman-loving child, or your comic-addicted web developer friend. Give them the little joy of seeing their favorite superhero before going to bed. They will wake up every morning believing in their own secret powers.
8. Portable Heart Light
Our recommendation for a romantic book gift.
Nothing can be a cuter gift for book lovers than this adorable heart-shaped book light in a lovely gift bag.
But the light is even more than looking interesting – it is multi-functional too. It produces a warm, restful, eye-friendly light in 3 intensity modes. The light can easily wrap over the reader’s shoulders to stream on their pages, or stay firm on their table to serve as a lamp.
As it is very portable, they can bring the heart with them to use wherever they need it. It can work continuously for up to 30 hours!
Every time the heart opens, there shines the light of love, care, and companionship.
9. Book Light Lamp
Best gift for introverts and quiet readers.
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Light up any book lover’s life with this beautiful light, that adds a pleasant ambiance to any room.
Fully rechargeable, with different color options, this book light features just the right amount of light to set the mood for relaxing, reading or watching TV.
USB-rechargeable LEDs offer a soft, beautiful and delightful glow.
10. Book Lover’s iPhone Case
Our gift recommendation for the #bookstagrammer
This iPhone case is 2-in-1: books overload, and cuteness overload.
Give this to a book lover. Let them know how cute you think they are.
Tell them how their smile brightens your day.
It’s something that they’ll bring it with them everywhere. Something that reminds them of themselves, and of you.
11. Crescent Floor Lamp
Let this crescent moon add coziness to the moment when your beloved book lover snuggles in their comfy chaise lounge with a good book.
This is actually a reading light that produces a soft, warm and pleasant light. It’s not only enough to read by, but also to set a safe, tranquil atmosphere in your bookworm’s retreat corner.
Simple and delicate in design, the lamp can match easily with both vintage and modern decors in a living room or reading room.
12. Multi-intensity Eye-friendly Reading Lamp
You know what gift will always be appreciated by a diligent reader, or someone who works constantly at a desk?
A good table lamp.
One that brightens up when they want it bright, dims when they need it dim, and has a light color and an angle that they can adjust to get the desired level.
One that stays firm and stable on their table without taking much space. One that can remind them to stand up for an eye break or some muscle stretch. One that looks cool and professional.
This TaoTronics item is exactly that. They will use it. And they will love it.
13. Mini bookshelf
There can never be enough space for beloved bookworm’s plethora of books.
But you can help save some room for their coffee cup on the table with this mini bookshelf.
The shelf comes to the rescue in a sleek appearance – with decorative swirls and a bright white finish.
Despite the small size, it’s sturdy and can hold quite a lot of books, plus some other office items.
The shelf can also work as a cosmetic holder at their dressing table. Or, if they put some pots of flowers and small plants on it, it will become a very catchy mini garden on their countertop.
This is a gift you can never go wrong with.
14. The Kindle Paperwhite ereader
The perfect gift for avid readers of all ages.
This Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-reading devices on the market. It has a glare-free screen with high resolution, and built-in front lights that allow the user to read at night worries-free. Extremely easy on the eye even when your cherished person reads for long hours.
The device comes with a massive Amazon Library that can be shared with a reading partner. Its battery lasts for weeks – they don’t have to worry about charging it every day.
For a complete set of gifts for your bookworm, get them the Kindle Paperwhite Bundle with a Paperwhite in an Onyx black cover, and an adapter.
Let your bookworm know that you care about their passions and hobbies, and that you are happy to support them.
Check for a full review of the device. You may end up giving yourself one after all.
15. Portable Peeramid Bookrest
Best comfort gift for readers.
A thoughtful gift for avid readers who hate holding a book or an ereader in their hands for a long time (who doesn’t anyway?).
This soft, fluffy bookrest helps support a book where they put it, freeing their hands from unnecessary straining. The pyramid top creates a perfect angle to read their book or Kindle, while the “lip” at the base keeps it in place.
If your beloved person likes read in lying positions, they will definitely love this! It can make a total release for their neck and hands.
16. Thumb Thing Book Page Holder and Bookmark
Fun, simple and useful product perfect when you’re into paperbacks. The Thumb Thing comes in different sizes and makes reading in one hand easier as well.
Reading outdoors where the wind blows the pages of your book will no longer be a problem.
You can enjoy reading in the garden, in bed, bath or at the beach and this Thumb Thing Book Page Holder and Bookmark will hold the pages for you.
17. Book Lover Pencils
A memorable and understated writing tool, these Book Lover Pencils are perfect for bibliophiles. Each pencil is printed with funny and witty quote that will surely put a smile on anyone’s face.
These pencils are great for drawing, taking notes in class or in a meeting or if you have another fantastic idea that you don’t want to forget.
After all, inspiration usually comes from the simplest and unexpected events.
18. Bookish AF Decal
Book lovers can get distracted with a lot of things. This Bookish AF sticker is a great reminder to stop, grab one of your newest books and wander in its world.
The decal is made from high quality vinyl making it safe to apply on your laptop, Macbook, wall and pretty much any clean, flat surface you want to put the sticker on.
19. Knock Knock Personal Library Kit
This lovely Library Kit will surely make every book lover happy.
It will remind you of the classic library circulation technique and use this method to keep track of your precious collections.
The Library Kit comes with cards stamps and pen.
Just fill out the circulation cards and note what is missing from your shelves.
No need to be worried about anyone borrowing your book and forgetting about it. Use the stamp, add the date and let the borrowers know when your book is due for return.
20. Wooden Page Spreader
Simple and easy to use book holder. This little tool is perfect if you are holding a book in one hand. It holds the book perfectly and doesn’t even leave some marks on.
The wooden page spreader is also useful for people with carpal tunnel, arthritis or other problems holding a book.
21. Love Live Read Scarf and Hand Warmers
This is a lovely present to any book lover who loves to snuggle with a good book during cold weather.
The scarf and hand warmers both have mantra Love Live Read and were knitted using space-dyed cotton.
The cute book and heart designs match the overall look and color of the hand warmers and scarf.
22. Book Lovers Casual Shoes
These cute comfy shoes will surely delight any book lovers. You will love walking around in this pair of lightweight shoes with adorable prints.
The shoes have full wrap canvas print that are made from high-quality materials making sure that they are durable for everyday use.
The shoes are easy to put on and off as well, which is perfect for a book lover who is always on the go.
23. Purrrfect Books Wallet Phone Case
This wallet phone case is the answer to every book lover’s problem.
This sure is one of the best gifts for book lovers.
Keep your money, cards and mobile phone in one place and leave the remaining space in your bag for your books!
No one can say no to the cute vintage style prints plus, each wallet is made from environmental-friendly materials. No need to worry about your security either as the wallet has RFID protection as well.
24. Library Nook Car Seat Covers
No one can limit a book lover from extending the reading nook to… his car!
A great gift for any occasion that will surely give your book lover friend or family a huge smile on their faces!
The car seat is made with high-quality polyester micro-fiber fabric that is designed to protect your car seat from spills and fading. Each seat is made to provide comfort and long lasting durability.
Library Nook Car Seat Covers Are easy to install without the help of any special tool.
25. Imagine Inspirational Pillow
Every book lover knows the importance of having the right pillow to support your daily reading habit.
This elegant Imagine pillow is perfect for your armchair, couch and even on your bed! It’s soft and comfortable as the pillow is handmade using environmental-friendly materials. The prints are of high quality and will not easily fade.
26. Floating Book Shelf
It always feels great to see your beloved books neatly arranged in a bookshelf.
For most people, the classic bookshelf is probably one of the best ways to go to keep their prized possessions safe, but if you don’t want to keep your books in a space that looks boring, you can add a bit of magic and redecorate a little.
Get yourself some Floating Book Shelves and add some life into the wall like how those books make your life colorful. Your books will be safe others will surely envy your creative style.
27. Book Rest Lamp
Love reading before you sleep? This Book Rest Lamp is your perfect companion.
The lamp has good lighting enough not to disturb your partner’s deep sleep at night. It is designed to double as a book rest keeping you from losing your page.
28. Personalized Bookplate Stamp
A Personalized Bookplate Stamp is a must-have for book lovers. Whether you are building a mini library of your own or simply wanting to keep your books organized, a book stamp is a great thing to have to neatly mark your books with your name.
The Personalized Bookplate Stamp is especially helpful when you got friends and family borrowing your books but fail to return them when they are done.
29. Skin for Kindle 4
Give your Kindle a lovely makeover and put on a dreamy Kindle skin.
Kindle skins or covers are stickers made from high-quality vinyl. They are not hard cases but they can protect your reading device from scratches.
30. Beanbag Stand for eBook Readers
Here’s a unique gift for your friends or family who prefer to read ebooks. This soft beanbag cushion is a perfect stand for e-readers, iPad and tablets.
The beanbag shape allows you to properly position your device and set it to an angle where you can read well from the device.
The beanbag stand is also helpful for video calling, typing, and browsing. It prevents pains and aches that can be associated with holding devices and gadgets for a long period of time.
31. Shakespeare Insults Poster, Art Print
Fascinated by Shakespeare’s wit?
This Shakespeare insults poster makes a wonderful gift for any occasion. It features 100 of his greatest zingers!
The poster is made with high-quality materials with readable prints that you will enjoy reading. The poster is a good decoration for your bedroom, living room or reading nook.
32. Fred & Friends THE END Dramatic Bookend
Knows anyone who loves decorating with their book collection?
Fred & Friends THE END Dramatic Bookend is a cool decoration and a perfect gift for your friends!
The bookend is made from quality powder-coated steel that is durable and capable of holding your books.
It is designed to make the books lean a little bit making them look like falling with a silhouette of a man trying to catch the books.
33. Jane Austen Coffee Mug
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen
Familiar with strong quotes like this? This Jane Austen Coffee Mug has a lovely print of her picture along with a collection of memorable quotes from Jane Austen.
It makes a lovely coffee mug or an awesome collectible item for a book lover.
34. Non-Slip Book Weight
Enjoy hands-free reading? This Non-sli Book Weight is the answer.
This bookmark has weighted ends that keeps it in place. Unlike other bookmarks that slide and fall, this book weight has non-slip coating and a matte finish at the top to prevent dirt build up.
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Have you ever heard a statistic that seemed so unreal that you thought, “No way is that true!” That’s how I felt when I heard that in some impoverished neighborhoods, families had an average of .5 books in their home. After working for nearly a decade with that population, however, I’m sad to report that the statistic is true. Many of the public schools that I worked in didn’t have working libraries, and most of the teachers had to assign partners or teams to books because there wasn’t enough to go around. First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books to children in need, recognized this problem, and has given over 100 million books to communities. That number will go up thanks to new partnership with First Book and Disney, and the “Give A Book, Get A Book” initiative.
The way Give A Book, Get A Book works is simple. When you purchase specially marked Disney Junior book or product, receipts or packaging will include a redemption code that will give you access to a free Disney Digital Book. You’ll also be able to select a region of the country to donate a free book to through First Book. Redemption codes will also be available on bookmarks that are distributed at participating public libraries and Radio Disney events all summer long. Disney and First Book will donate up to one million books through the Give a Book, Get a Book program.
Even with my experience working with children who had limited access to books, I still sometimes take my own child’s packed bookshelf for granted. At the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration where I learned about this great new initiative at a breakfast sponsored by Disney Jr., LeVar Burton said, “It’s just not okay to not educate our children”. He’s right. We should all be committed to making sure every child in the country has an opportunity to succeed, and literacy and books give them that chance.
Head over to the all-new website, GiveaBookGetaBook.com for interactive activities, tools and resources that promote the value of storytelling. You can also redeem your book code there if you have one, and decide where to donate your book.
There are few things more powerful than stories to connect children to the world and help them imagine what they can become. Yet, books and stories are in short supply for kids in need. That’s why we’re proud to be joining forces with our friends at Disney to put brand new books into the hands of children who so desperately need them. – Kyle Zimmer, President & CEO of First Book
It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do. I’m going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things.
And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I’m an author, often an author of fiction. I write for children and for adults. For about 30 years I have been earning my living through my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur.
So I’m biased as a writer. But I am much, much more biased as a reader. And I am even more biased as a British citizen.
And I’m here giving this talk tonight, under the auspices of the Reading Agency: a charity whose mission is to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. Which supports literacy programs, and libraries and individuals and nakedly and wantonly encourages the act of reading. Because, they tell us, everything changes when we read.
And it’s that change, and that act of reading that I’m here to talk about tonight. I want to talk about what reading does. What it’s good for.
I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds couldn’t read. And certainly couldn’t read for pleasure.
It’s not one to one: you can’t say that a literate society has no criminality. But there are very real correlations.
And I think some of those correlations, the simplest, come from something very simple. Literate people read fiction.
Fiction has two uses. Firstly, it’s a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything. And reading is key. There were noises made briefly, a few years ago, about the idea that we were living in a post-literate world, in which the ability to make sense out of written words was somehow redundant, but those days are gone: words are more important than they ever were: we navigate the world with words, and as the world slips onto the web, we need to follow, to communicate and to comprehend what we are reading. People who cannot understand each other cannot exchange ideas, cannot communicate, and translation programs only go so far.
The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.
I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every now and again it becomes fashionable among some adults to point at a subset of children’s books, a genre, perhaps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that children should be stopped from reading. I’ve seen it happen over and over; Enid Blyton was declared a bad author, so was RL Stine, so were dozens of others. Comics have been decried as fostering illiteracy.
No such thing as a bad writer… Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy
It’s tosh. It’s snobbery and it’s foolishness. There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories. A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn’t hackneyed and worn out to them. This is the first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is a route to other books you may prefer. And not everyone has the same taste as you.
Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and worse, unpleasant.
We need our children to get onto the reading ladder: anything that they enjoy reading will move them up, rung by rung, into literacy. (Also, do not do what this author did when his 11-year-old daughter was into RL Stine, which is to go and get a copy of Stephen King’s Carrie, saying if you liked those you’ll love this! Holly read nothing but safe stories of settlers on prairies for the rest of her teenage years, and still glares at me when Stephen King’s name is mentioned.)
And the second thing fiction does is to build empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.
Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.
You’re also finding out something as you read vitally important for making your way in the world. And it’s this:
The world doesn’t have to be like this. Things can be different.
I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? SF had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?
It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the US, to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls.
Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different.
And while we’re on the subject, I’d like to say a few words about escapism. I hear the term bandied about as if it’s a bad thing. As if “escapist” fiction is a cheap opiate used by the muddled and the foolish and the deluded, and the only fiction that is worthy, for adults or for children, is mimetic fiction, mirroring the worst of the world the reader finds herself in.
If you were trapped in an impossible situation, in an unpleasant place, with people who meant you ill, and someone offered you a temporary escape, why wouldn’t you take it? And escapist fiction is just that: fiction that opens a door, shows the sunlight outside, gives you a place to go where you are in control, are with people you want to be with(and books are real places, make no mistake about that); and more importantly, during your escape, books can also give you knowledge about the world and your predicament, give you weapons, give you armour: real things you can take back into your prison. Skills and knowledge and tools you can use to escape for real.
As JRR Tolkien reminded us, the only people who inveigh against escape are jailers.
Tolkien’s illustration of Bilbo’s home, Bag End. Photograph: HarperCollins
Another way to destroy a child’s love of reading, of course, is to make sure there are no books of any kind around. And to give them nowhere to read those books. I was lucky. I had an excellent local library growing up. I had the kind of parents who could be persuaded to drop me off in the library on their way to work in summer holidays, and the kind of librarians who did not mind a small, unaccompanied boy heading back into the children’s library every morning and working his way through the card catalogue, looking for books with ghosts or magic or rockets in them, looking for vampires or detectives or witches or wonders. And when I had finished reading the children’s’ library I began on the adult books.
They were good librarians. They liked books and they liked the books being read. They taught me how to order books from other libraries on inter-library loans. They had no snobbery about anything I read. They just seemed to like that there was this wide-eyed little boy who loved to read, and would talk to me about the books I was reading, they would find me other books in a series, they would help. They treated me as another reader – nothing less or more – which meant they treated me with respect. I was not used to being treated with respect as an eight-year-old.
But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.
I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a world in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to miss the point fundamentally.
I think it has to do with nature of information. Information has value, and the right information has enormous value. For all of human history, we have lived in a time of information scarcity, and having the needed information was always important, and always worth something: when to plant crops, where to find things, maps and histories and stories – they were always good for a meal and company. Information was a valuable thing, and those who had it or could obtain it could charge for that service.
In the last few years, we’ve moved from an information-scarce economy to one driven by an information glut. According to Eric Schmidt of Google, every two days now the human race creates as much information as we did from the dawn of civilisation until 2003. That’s about five exobytes of data a day, for those of you keeping score. The challenge becomes, not finding that scarce plant growing in the desert, but finding a specific plant growing in a jungle. We are going to need help navigating that information to find the thing we actually need.
Libraries are places that people go to for information. Books are only the tip of the information iceberg: they are there, and libraries can provide you freely and legally with books. More children are borrowing books from libraries than ever before – books of all kinds: paper and digital and audio. But libraries are also, for example, places that people, who may not have computers, who may not have internet connections, can go online without paying anything: hugely important when the way you find out about jobs, apply for jobs or apply for benefits is increasingly migrating exclusively online. Librarians can help these people navigate that world.
I do not believe that all books will or should migrate onto screens: as Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them. They belong in libraries, just as libraries have already become places you can go to get access to ebooks, and audiobooks and DVDs and web content.
A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It’s a community space. It’s a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. What the libraries of the future will be like is something we should be imagining now.
Literacy is more important than ever it was, in this world of text and email, a world of written information. We need to read and write, we need global citizens who can read comfortably, comprehend what they are reading, understand nuance, and make themselves understood.
Libraries really are the gates to the future. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today. They are closing the gates that should be open.
According to a recent study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, England is the “only country where the oldest age group has higher proficiency in both literacy and numeracy than the youngest group, after other factors, such as gender, socio-economic backgrounds and type of occupations are taken into account”.
Or to put it another way, our children and our grandchildren are less literate and less numerate than we are. They are less able to navigate the world, to understand it to solve problems. They can be more easily lied to and misled, will be less able to change the world in which they find themselves, be less employable. All of these things. And as a country, England will fall behind other developed nations because it will lack a skilled workforce.
Books are the way that we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over. There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told.
I think we have responsibilities to the future. Responsibilities and obligations to children, to the adults those children will become, to the world they will find themselves inhabiting. All of us – as readers, as writers, as citizens – have obligations. I thought I’d try and spell out some of these obligations here.
I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing.
We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries. If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future.
We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside.
We have an obligation to use the language. To push ourselves: to find out what words mean and how to deploy them, to communicate clearly, to say what we mean. We must not to attempt to freeze language, or to pretend it is a dead thing that must be revered, but we should use it as a living thing, that flows, that borrows words, that allows meanings and pronunciations to change with time.
We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it’s the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. We have an obligation not to bore our readers, but to make them need to turn the pages. One of the best cures for a reluctant reader, after all, is a tale they cannot stop themselves from reading. And while we must tell our readers true things and give them weapons and give them armour and pass on whatever wisdom we have gleaned from our short stay on this green world, we have an obligation not to preach, not to lecture, not to force predigested morals and messages down our readers’ throats like adult birds feeding their babies pre-masticated maggots; and we have an obligation never, ever, under any circumstances, to write anything for children that we would not want to read ourselves.
We have an obligation to understand and to acknowledge that as writers for children we are doing important work, because if we mess it up and write dull books that turn children away from reading and from books, we ‘ve lessened our own future and diminished theirs.
We all – adults and children, writers and readers – have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.
Look around you: I mean it. Pause, for a moment and look around the room that you are in. I’m going to point out something so obvious that it tends to be forgotten. It’s this: that everything you can see, including the walls, was, at some point, imagined. Someone decided it was easier to sit on a chair than on the ground and imagined the chair. Someone had to imagine a way that I could talk to you in London right now without us all getting rained on.This room and the things in it, and all the other things in this building, this city, exist because, over and over and over, people imagined things.
We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation. We have an obligation to clean up after ourselves, and not leave our children with a world we’ve shortsightedly messed up, shortchanged, and crippled.
We have an obligation to tell our politicians what we want, to vote against politicians of whatever party who do not understand the value of reading in creating worthwhile citizens, who do not want to act to preserve and protect knowledge and encourage literacy. This is not a matter of party politics. This is a matter of common humanity.
Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. “If you want your children to be intelligent,” he said, “read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” He understood the value of reading, and of imagining. I hope we can give our children a world in which they will read, and be read to, and imagine, and understand.
• This is an edited version of Neil Gaiman’s lecture for the Reading Agency, delivered on Monday October 14 at the Barbican in London. The Reading Agency’s annual lecture series was initiated in 2012 as a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about reading and libraries.
Top 5 Secrets to Landing a Book Deal
Here’s my advice on how to overcome the biggest reasons most books get rejected.
But first, I’d like to give you an idea of what it’s like behind the scenes at a publishing house, and how acquiring editors go about the business of signing up books.
The Reality: Editors are Desperate to Find Books!
Writers often don’t realize that editors are strongly motivated, in fact desperate, to find authors and their books. Editors wake up in the morning with acquisition anxiety! We’re all under pressure to find promising new books that will sell.
That’s why we’re out there hounding literary agents, scouring websites, newspapers, magazines and journals, cornering college professors and the 16-year-old tech-head from next door – because who knows? They may have a great idea or brilliant manuscript ready to go.
Given this nervous reality, why do acquiring editors reject so many of the proposals and manuscripts they see each week, often after only a glance at the first few pages? Here’s why, and what you can do about it.
The 5 Best Ways to Improve Your Chances:
#1 Bulk Up Your Concept
The concept is the core idea of any book project. So we’re disappointed when an author or agent sends us a project with a concept that is weak or inappropriate.
We see too many memoirs, for example, that are motivated by hurt and resentment. Or books that are clearly calculated efforts to climb on the bandwagon of a perceived hot trend, like crossover vampire love stories, or terrorist infiltrations of suburban St. Louis. Or quick and easy programs for financial success, satisfying marriage and perfect kids based on no research or track record. No thanks.
Here’s what we’re actually hoping for:
We want to see a concept with a strong premise that has energy, intensity, utility, focus and vision. We want books that will grab readers and resonate for their own lives. We want authors who have something new to say about an important subject or story, who bring a fresh voice or unusual perspective to a topic of concern to many people. We need authors who are passionate about their ideas and stories, who bring to their work a maturity, expertise, and a visceral compulsion to write that comes from the heart.
An editor can usually tell right away if a concept has a new idea or point of view.
It’s also helpful for you or your agent to know as much as possible about any given editor’s special interests or personal biases.
#2 Submit a Complete and Convincing Proposal
I can tell pretty quickly when a submission is canned or formulaic. Beware of clearing your throat with digressive warm-up sentences or hyperbolic claims of grandiose brilliance. Too many proposals appear to reinvent the wheel without acknowledging the competition. Too many authors are uninformed about the importance of self-marketing. Not enough writers hold themselves to a high-enough standard of good writing.
The bare-boned essentials of any book proposal I’d like to receive should include:
• A two- or three-sentence hook that tells me what the book is about and why you’re the best person to write it.
• For non-fiction, include a chapter outline with a few paragraphs for each, a total of no more than two or three pages. Same thing if it’s fiction: Give me a thorough synopsis of the story.
• Your platform, including your education, career status, track record as a writer, appearances in print or broadcast media, and your plans for a website, blog, and online marketing. I also like to see a DVD that shows your ability to talk about the book without a script – this could be a televised interview or even just a video you created at home.
• A serious and honest analysis of the competition. Tell us is how your work is different.
• A sparkling example of your writing. Usually the first chapter is enough, but if it’s a first novel, send in the entire manuscript. Conventional rules say to start with a query letter, but with a novel, I recommend that you be more assertive and send the whole thing. It’s the best way for us to see what you can do, beginning to end.
For more detail, take a look at The book proposal: what publishers want.
#3 Come With An Agent
You’ve probably heard that unrepresented manuscripts don’t get any attention, and it’s true. They end up in the slush pile.
Editors at most publishing houses won’t even open an email or a package from someone they don’t know. They want to see a project a respected agent recommends, rather than spend hours going through unsolicited emails and proposals.
Finding the right agent for your book is crucial.
It’s your job to find an agent who knows which editors might be interested in your work.
It may not be easy to find the right agent, but remember, they’re also looking for you. Go to writers conferences where agents appear, search their websites, find their names in the acknowledgment pages of books you like, find a friend who has a good agent, and subscribe to Publisher’s Marketplace for the latest book deals between agents and editors.
Beware of any agent who charges you for reading the book. That’s a scam.
#4 Polish Your Writing to the Highest Standard
Your proposal, sample pages, or complete manuscript must be held to a high literary standard. Some common problems I see are proposals that jump from idea to idea with no apparent logic or linear sequence. Or they repeat the same idea over and over. Or the writer assumes that I’ll be able to understand prose that twists and turns with bewildering shifts in time and place. Or the writer creates two-dimensional characters who all speak in the same voice.
And, surprisingly, I see proposals with too many typos and poor grammar. Sure that stuff can be fixed, but it indicates a lack of care and professionalism.
Compare yourself to the best and see how good you can make your work.
Raise the bar. Be tough on yourself. Seek feedback beyond family and friends. Remember that writing is rewriting. Some fine authors I’ve worked with – Toni Morrison, Tom Robbins, the late Hunter Thompson – each labored over every word, and were actually never quite satisfied. They always feel it could be better. And it can.
Here are some suggestions:
• Take a writing class that provides discipline and high standards.
• Hire your own developmental editor for content, style, and organization (not a copy editor for spelling or punctuation) with a track record of published authors. Here’s more on what you need to know about choosing a freelance editor.
• Be prepared to take the time needed to produce well-organized, highly polished prose. Yes, I know Dan Brown gets away with clunky writing, but that’s because he’s a master of cliffhanging and page-turners.
#5 Come With a Platform and Plan for Self-Marketing
I’ve seen proposals from writers who say their book will sell itself or that they’re too busy or shy to participate in publicity or marketing.
We depend on authors to cooperate and participate in a big way on selling their books. For more specifics, check out Build your author platform: 10 tips from a pro
This doesn’t mean every writer who submits a proposal needs to come with a celebrity status platform. But your proposal should demonstrate a willingness to understand and be effective at self-marketing. Even writers who are intrinsically shy can enter an online community that relates to their book and present their information, ideas, and stories.
To give your book the best chance of success these days you need to provide your prospective agent or publisher with your own marketing plan for the book.
That means starting a website and blog before you even go for the agent or book contract. Get that URL based on your preliminary title, build your website with expert help, and start blogging, tweeting, commenting on other sites, and building your presence on the social networks.
Conventional self-marketing is also still important. Learn to stand on your feet and speak extemporaneously about your book. Seek invitations to appear at professional and community events. Approach local media as an expert in your field, or with a great story to tell about your novel. And get to know the owner of your local independent bookstore. They may be interested if you can pull in 50 people on your personal list for a reading when the time comes.
Hire a publicity agent if you can afford it. Publishers love to see that kind of commitment!
Motivated writers can navigate the changes in publishing
There’s never been a better time for a writer to navigate the big changes in book publishing. Agents and editors are tearing down old conventions and experimenting with new ideas. No one in the book business knows exactly what the digital revolution will bring next.
Dive in and you’ll have a much better chance of success.
Piotr Kowalczyk ⋮ Updated on September 28, 2017
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Here are the library gift ideas, if you want to thank your librarian or share the love for libraries.
Every day, libraries around the world lend their patrons millions of items. Millions of books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, games. Millions of megabytes of free internet access.
A librarian is the ultimate search engine, and no Google web search algorithm will ever beat it. Most importantly, opposite to any artificial intelligence, the librarian will be thankful for appreciating her or his work.
The list below includes library gift ideas for your librarian if you think saying “thank you” is not enough. Just keep in mind that maybe instead of gifting an item that says “library,” it’s good to search for more subtle and sophisticated ideas.
Some of the gifts are an excellent way to support your local library. The posters, badges, stationery, or treats would be a great addition to community meetings organized by the library.
And finally, these library-themed gifts will share your love for libraries, just like book-themed gifts share the love for books and reading.
But there is one difference. Wearing a library t-shirt is, in fact, a way to promote libraries. It doesn’t only say you love books. It also says you care about them. Because the library is the most advanced way of caring for books the man has ever developed.
Library gifts – recommended sites
Before the list, let us share the best online stores that offer a wide range of library gifts of all kinds.
Etsy – this is the biggest online store with handmade goods. The selection of library-themed gifts is impressive, so Etsy is a must-see destination, especially if you want to gift something unique in style. As all items are made to order, there are several ways to add a personal message – also for the bookish items listed below.
Zazzle – if you want a specific product with a unique design or message, you should check out this site. It offers items from hundreds of categories, and hundreds of thousands of designs. Plus you can customize the product to suit your taste.
Redbubble – opposite to Zazzle or CafePress, where you’ll see a casual artwork, Redbubble offers well-designed goods, although not in such a variety.
Not on the High Street – unlike other stores, the site offers beautiful things – showcased beautifully. The team is hunting for the best items on the net to include them in the growing catalog of curated products.
Amazon Handmade – if you are an Amazon customer, you should check out this quickly growing category. You’ll find here jewelry, home decor, kitchen & dining, furniture, stationery, among other categories.
If we missed any great library gifts, please make sure to share them with our readers.
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25 stylish library gifts
Library Book Lover’s Brooch. A cute little badge for a library lover. “Our libraries are disappearing all too quickly, and this little thing is a brilliant way to declare your love for all things bookish.”
Hand-crafted from metal and plastic the brooch measures 5.8 cm in diameter. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $4.
A Set of Library Cards. The look of the library card is the proven way to evoke positive emotions for books. Don’t just dream about it, use it. The stationery that resembles library cards is widely available. It’s perfect for crafting, scrapbooking, invitations, or educational games for children.
Out of many designs, we picked the library cards hand-crafted by Thatch & Thistle. They have that unforgettable vintage look and are sold in a stylish packaging. ⇢ Etsy – $5.
Library Card Pillows. “These library card pillows with have you waxing nostalgic for the days when the librarian would flip to the back of the book and hand stamp the due date.”
The front and back of each of these nostalgic pillows are printed with the design of library due date card. You can choose from eight available colors, from Orange Yellow to Span Pink. ⇢ Etsy – $30.
Library Card Coffee Mug. A lovely gift for a librarian or a library lover. This ceramic coffee mug is available in either 11 oz. or 15 oz, and is dishwasher and microwave safe.
Most importantly, the features the design of the library due date card, both on the front and back. ⇢ Etsy – $14.95.
Notecards from the Library of Congress. You can use blank library cards, or you can go one step forward and evoke memories by using the reproductions of original cards from the Library of Congress.
A set contains 30 notecards. Imagine writing a note to your friend on a library card for Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, or Frankenstein. ⇢ Amazon – $17.
“I Still Believe in 398.2” Library Necklace. Library gifts don’t have to say “library” to be meaningful. In Dewey Decimal System, number 398.2 marks the section of the library that shelves folktales, fairytales, and fables.
With age, our memories fade but the view of the library we visited in our childhood times, and these particular shelves full of dreams and adventure – unforgettable. ⇢ Etsy – $38.
A Truly Great Library Tile Pendant. What is truly great about this pendant is the statement: “A truly great library has something to offend everyone.”
The pendant is handmade from a Scrabble tile game piece. The image is adhered to the wood and sealed with a non-yellowing shiny dome finish. There are other catchy texts to explore. We show a few of them in the gallery above. ⇢ Etsy – $5.90.
Librarian Bracelet. From a popular Etsy shop, A Likely Story, comes a wonderful bracelet with a word “librarian” on replicas of old-fashioned typewriter keys.
The bracelet features also nine book- and library-themed charms: open and closed book, a librarian, a library building, a library lion, a fashion magazine, and newspaper. ⇢ Etsy – $39.95.
Sexy Librarian Pillow. A pillow for a sexy librarian or a person who is in love with her. It’s individually cut and sewn by hand. It features the typography design on both sides.
The pillow is available in three sizes: 16 x 16, 18 x 18, and 20 x 20 inches. ⇢ Etsy – $30.
Personalized Story Library Card Print. Why don’t you tell your story with a beautiful print that’s inspired by aesthetics of the library card? Here’s how it works: when making an order, type up to 15 events from your life, your relationship, or your family. They will look like hand-written, together with the dates looking like being stamped.
The print comes in four sizes, from A4 to A1. You can order it framed or unframed. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $32.90.
Library Card Prints with Book Details. Here is another artwork that uses the library card design. Each print from a series presents the details of a great classic book – with a relevant Dewey Decimal System classification number. Besides the title and author, you will find on the layout the date of publication, as well as the first and last sentence.
The Library Card series from Folio Creations includes the variants for Pride and Prejudice, Olivier Twist, Treasure Island, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, among others. ⇢ Etsy – $19.
“I Love the Library” Table Lamp. Putting a quote on every single home decor is not necessarily a good idea, but the library love can still be there without too many words.
The minimalist design is all about the three stylish icons. You can place it not only on a table lamp shown above, but also a tripod lamp, table shade, and a pendant lamp. ⇢ Zazzle – $57.
Librarian Bathroom Set. This ceramic bathroom set includes a toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. Each one features a design by Graphix Vixon saying “Librarian Who Loves Cats and Dogs,” accompanied by cute profiles of pets.
As any other item on Zazzle, you can customize the set by changing the background color, the font colors, or resizing the artwork. ⇢ Zazzle – $25.
Library Dute Date iPhone 6S Case. Putting a library due date card on a smartphone case is one of the smartest ideas in times of social media. It’s a book you have to hurry up reading, not a Facebook status.
On Redbubble, you can get the library card design for iPhone 6S/6 and 6S/6 Plus. There are also cases that fit other phones, including Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/S5. ⇢ Redbubble – $28.
Library Tote Book Bag. Tote bags are perfect for carrying the books to the library and from a library, or any other items as long as they are books;-)
This graceful tote bag design is printed on a 12 x 12 canvas tote. You can order a different color of the artwork, just leave a message to shop owner while adding the item to cart. ⇢ Etsy – $12.
“Where Shhh Happens” Women’s T-Shirt. Most probably, you’ve come across this catchy phrase already. The “shh” happens only in libraries, opposite to the outside world, where sh*t happens.
This particular t-shirt, from Papely Pastel, is extremely well-designed. You can get it in either White or Black. The sizes are from S to XL. ⇢ Etsy – $20.
Library Card Pouch. From a Library Collection by Out of Print Clothing comes an everyday pouch that mimics a library card. It measures 6 by 9 inches and is made of 100% cotton.
Besides the natural colors, the pouch is also offered in attention-grabbing yellow. The purchase you’ll make will send a book to a community in need. Don’t be overdue in checking this out. ⇢ Amazon – $12.
Library Date Due Necktie. A perfect librarian gift. The library due date card pattern is printed on a silky-soft microfiber with non-toxic, water-based ink. You can choose from several colors and two necktie sizes. ⇢ Etsy – $36.
Library “Quiet Please” Travel Mug. This mug speaks for itself. Take it to the library, but, even better, take it everywhere!
You can get the “Quiet Please” warning sign on posters, pillows, t-shirts, phone cases, and 20 more items. ⇢ Redbubble – $21.
Library Cake Pops. On Zazzle, you can select a design and use it on a large number of goods from different categories – even on chocolates & treats! For instance, you can buy a dozen bite-sized desserts from Veronica’s Treats. Each cake pop consists of moist, baked cake mixed with just the right amount of cream cheese frosting.
You can choose from three filling flavors, three chocolate icing flavors, and 10 drizzle colors. ⇢ Zazzle – $46.95.
“When in Doubt Go to the Library” Clock. This wall clock will remind you what to do every time you’ll be in doubt. And remember: going to the library nowadays also means visiting its website.
The clock is 10 inches in diameter. It’s available in the natural wood frame and features a high-impact plexiglass crystal face. ⇢ Society6 – $30.
Librarian Chalkboard Style Poster. From Princess Snap comes a stylish printable that looks like a text drawn with a chalk on a blackboard.
You can order the poster as a digital file (pdf or jpg format), and print it out for yourself. What’s important, you can add the name of your favorite librarian to it! Just write down in a message to seller when placing the order. ⇢ Etsy – $8.
Knock Knock Personal Library Kit. One of the classic library gifts. The kit will let use the old-fashioned library circulation techniques to keep track which books you lent and whom.
The kit includes twenty self-adhesive pockets and checkout cards, date stamp with inkpad, and a pencil. It will be a perfect gift for a child, but the parents will have fun using it, too. ⇢ Amazon – $13.
Library Card Bookmark. The bookmark looks the paper library due date card, but it’s are actually made from maple wood. “A stylish and eco-friendly way to hold your place while enjoying a good book!”
Compared to the paper-making process, it takes less wood to make the bookmark. It is 2 × 6 in and has round corners. You can find other colors, too. ⇢ Etsy – $5.95.
Library Card Scented Candle. We’ve already listed amazing library scented candles and perfumes, but the collection from North Ave is different. The candles don’t smell like paper or library, but their scents are inspired by books.
The example above is the candle with a label resembling a library card for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. It offers scents of pine, balsam, bergamot, and smokey birch blended with base notes of antique sandalwood and woodsy patchouli. ⇢ Etsy – $22.
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Keep exploring. Here are other posts about libraries and librarians:
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- Hundreds of thousands of people are now reading entire novels on Instagram
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- The best cities in the world for book lovers, according to numbers
- Meet the 12-year-old girl who runs a free library in India
Not all librarians are the same. Obviously. Some love cats, others prefer dogs. Some drink tea, and for others their caffeinated beverage of choice is coffee. Some love popular fiction, and others like reading the classics more. This makes a post about gifts for librarians a little…I don’t know. Narrow? As though all librarians are the same? This is all just to say that I know librarians have their individual tastes, identities, and preferences, but this post of gift suggestions could provide some pointers when shopping for the librarian or library-lover in your life. The suggestions here are library- and book-themed, but I have broken it into three sections. First, for the librarian who has everything, charities or organisations you could donate to in their name. Second, for the librarian who doesn’t have enough books, books about libraries. And third, cool library-related things.
Gifts for librarians who would rather a donation in their name
There are many great organisations and charities out there that promote literacy and books. Rather than listing all of them, which could be an entire post in itself, I want to highlight just a few ways you can support literacy, libraries, and reading.
First, see if your local library has a Friends of the Library group. These are typically volunteer-run groups that support the services and activities of the library. They are usually the ones running the book sales or the library bookshop, and are usually registered as non-profit educational organisations.
Second, DonorsChoose is a website where you can find classroom projects to support. A lot of these are classrooms in public schools that are under-resourced, and the projects range from things like needing sports equipment or learning materials to books and dictionaries.
Even though I said I’m not listing every literacy-related charity out there, there just two I want to highlight. Room to Read is an organisation that I have supported for a long time, and I really admire their work. They work in developing countries all around the world to support girls’ education, literacy, and local publishing. I was lucky enough to visit one of their school libraries in Cambodia a few years ago, and I’ve seen John Wood, the co-founder, speak at a few events—they are definitely an organisation I have no hesitations in supporting. The other specific organisation I want to mention is Reach Out and Read, an organisation that incorporates literacy with paediatric care. They teach parents the importance of reading aloud, as well as demonstrating how to read aloud, and also give books to young children. These two organisations get to the heart of what librarianship is about: access to knowledge to all (through the power of literacy, reading, and books).
Gifts for librarians who don’t have enough books
There are a lot of suggestions here, 100 must-read books about libraries and bookstores and here, 10 books for library lovers. I have spent about the past five years reading a lot about libraries all in the name of research (my PhD was on public libraries, and when you do a PhD on something, it kind of becomes a bit of an obsession). As a result, I’ve amassed quite the collection of library-related books. These are three of my favourites:
The Public Library by Robert Dawson, a beautiful collection of photographs of libraries across America.
Reading Publics by Tom Glynn, a more academic and historical look at public libraries in New York from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.
The Library Book, a beautiful collection of essays from writers about the importance of libraries.
And for the most gift-guide-ish part of this gift guide, cool library things!
Keeping it simple, this . I love the definition of “book”: a magical doorway to a world of adventure and possibility. Yes indeed.
Straight from the Hogwarts Library, this plush Monster Book of Monsters.
Along the Harry Potter theme, there’s also this “When in doubt, go to the library” mug. (Also available as a phone case, tote bag, poster, and shirt).
I have a thing for pretty pins, and there are so many great ones out there!
Bookmobile pin! I bought this one for a friend who drives the mobile library truck and she loved it. The artist has some other great book-related pins too.
Books are magic pin, from The Ideal Bookshelf artist. There are actually quite a few book cover pins too, which would make great presents. I kind of want the entire Harry Potter set.
Library pin. Simple and pretty.
Library trolley and “This is how we roll” pin set. I would like everything in the “This is how we roll” collection, please.
Library card and stamp pin set.What? I said I had a thing for pins! These are adorable.
Personalised library card pillow. I have a plain old library card pillow which is great, and this one takes it one step further by letting you personalise it.
Superhero bookend, because we all know librarians are superheroes.
“I never dreamed I would be a super cool librarian…” mug.
Speaking of superheroes, here’s a mug for a super cool librarian! Sorry, that was lame.
“We’re going to library science the shit out of this” bag.As a bonus, the proceeds go to the New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative.
Library card coasters. So you have somewhere to rest the copious mugs of tea and coffee.
“The library is calling and I must go” mug. In case you needed another mug, you know? One can never have too many mugs.
“I Will Dewey Decimate You” shirt. I do appreciate a good pun!
. So colourful and wonderful.
“I still believe in 398.2” necklace. I’ve seen this phrase on a number of different products over the years, and I think this one is especially pretty.
And finally, library cards have made their way onto a lot of products, like socks, tote bags, scarves, pouches, and shirts (okay, those shirts are library stamps, but that’s close enough).
What are your favorite gifts for librarians?
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Library Lovers’ Day 2020
The theme for Library Lovers’ Day 2020 is ‘Uncover something new’. Library Lovers’ Day is an opportunity for library and information professionals to show off their libraries and for people across Australia to show their love for libraries.
Ideas for your communication channels
- Encourage your patrons to spread the #LibraryLoversDay by having a competition for the best social media post using #LibraryLoversDay.
- Change your library’s Facebook or Twitter avatar and/or banner to the avatars and banners available in the resources section below.
- If you’re library has a newsletter, consider adding in a story about Library Lovers’ Day using the free resources below and advertise how your library is celebrating.
Ideas for your library
- Check out all the free resources that you can use to celebrate Library Lovers’ Day further down on this page. Resources include posters, bookmarks, social media images, stickers and more.
- We have created printable wrapping paper design and tags which you can use to create a ‘blind date with a book experience’ for their patrons. Simply wrap whatever items from your collection you would like, in the paper and then encourage library users to borrow the items. You can host a competition where users guess what the wrapped book is from clues.
- Host a book themed murder mystery night and see if your users can ‘uncover’ who the criminal is.
- Leave out a labelled box where users can leave a written recommendation of book they’ve fallen in love with and pick up a new one. You can see the resources for it below.
- Host a scavenger hunt in your library, with clues from popular romance or mystery novels.
- Create a display where users can guess where a romantic or love themed quote comes from, give out chocolate as prizes.
- Host a romance themed trivia night and see how well your users remember romance books and films.
- Create a display using our great Library Lovers’ Day poster and some of your romantic books. Don’t forget to share these with us by email to [email protected] or by using #LibraryLoversDay on social media.
- Engage with your users and hand out small bookmarks or chocolates to those who visit during the week. Or leave bookmarks randomly in books across your library as a nice surprise for someone to find.
- You know who your local talent is, invite in some relevant guest speakers to do a talk. Maybe hold a reading with a focus on love or arrange for a romance writer to visit or even host a workshop for romance writers.
- Create a Library Lovers’ Day display of romance books. Decorate the display with red flowers, or streamers. Don’t forget to share your results on social media using #LibraryLoversDay so we can all see what you’ve accomplished
- Host a movie night, make up some popcorn and showcase some of the great films you have in your collection.
- Everyone loves a gift, consider creating a Library Lovers’ Day hamper to send out to your local media, politicians, councillors and decision makers in your organisation and community. Tie them up with lots of ribbon for a romantic effect. Accompany them with some information about Library Lovers’ Day and information about your library — how many people use it, how often, and how much the library means to them!
- Not all love is romantic, consider creating a display of materials for platonic, familial or love of animals.
- Put up a sign at the circulation desk and let your users know that you’re a ‘matchmaker’ and can help them find the book of their dreams.
- Dress up for the day, and encourage your co-workers to join in. Go one step further and run a costume competition.
- Everyone has a ‘book crush’, create a display where users can add their favourite book from your collection and share the passion that they have for it with other library users.
- Bookmark singular.
- Bookmark five to a page.
- Book tags.
- Fillable poster.
- Promo banner.
- Recommendations card four to a page.
- Recommendations card singular.
- Recommendations card instructions.
- Social media tile.
- Wrapping paper one, two, three.
Check out the, 2019 Library Lovers’ Day page, 2018 Library Lovers’ Day page, the 2017 Library Lovers’ Day news release or the 2016 Library Lovers’ Day wrap up.
- Promo banner.
Trying to find the perfect gift for a book lover can be tricky. After all, the most perfect gift is a book, but which book? Almost as good, however, is some sort of bookish gear, and there are lots of options out there! This list of great gifts for book lovers (that aren’t books) will give you a place to start your shopping.
Great Gifts for Book Lovers That Are Under $10
This paper fan looks like the edge of a hardcover book when closed and opens up to reveal vintage book pages and images.
This keychain that looks like a tiny book will ensure your book lover can always have a book with them (even if they can’t read it).
Book Lover Badges
These three 1-inch pins are an easy way to wear your book love on your chest. Or check out our 22 Pieces of Flair to Show How Much You Love Books for more possibilities.
Book Lover Pencils
Treat Yo’ Shelf to these sleek black pencils with slogans about the love of books.
Bookish AF Decal
This Bookish AF sticker may remind book lovers to get off the laptop and back to their first love.
Great GiftS for Organizing Books
Personal Library Kit
This personal library kit comes complete with checkout cards and a date stamp for keeping track of any books you lend.
This embosser ensures that book lovers can make their permanent, personal mark on their own library.
Personalized Book Plate
Another way to add a personal touch to your personal library. Or check out this list of Beautiful Bookplates of Etsy.
Keep books in place and looking lovely with a personalized oak bookend with a built in vase. But if these bookends aren’t quite right, the Book Riot archives offer many more possibilities, from dragons to pineapples and more.
Great Reading Aids for Book Lovers
Wooden page spreader
This little tool can help readers hold books open with one hand.
Custom Wire Bookmarks
Every reader needs bookmarks, lots of them, so why not a custom bookmark? Or visit the Book Riot archives for leather bookmarks, metal bookmarks, and free printable bookmarks.
Book Seat Reading Pillow
This reading pillow is a great option for hands-free reading. I use mine for reading when folding laundry—it holds the book at just the right angle.
The Book Lover’s Journal
This journal has space for listing books read, books to read next, and books lent out to friends.
Great Wearable Gifts for Book Lovers
Library Card Necktie
This necktie is a fun way to get dressy and bookish. And check out this post for more ties and pocket squares.
Love Live Read Hand Warmers and Scarf
This scarf and matching hand warmers are perfect for staying warm all winter.
This book-shaped necklace can have your own secret message inside. Or you can shop from these lists of necklaces and earrings.
I Read Past My Bedtime Pajamas
These cozy pajamas are great for readers who love to stay up reading late into the night. Or look through these snuggly bookish PJs.
Library Stamp Boxers
These boxers are just one example of the bookish underthings available for some special someone.
To Thrill a Mockingbird Dress
A print of vintage books makes for a pretty summer dress.
Book Lover Casual Shoes
These casual canvas shoes are just one example of the many bookish shoes out there.
A Litographs T-Shirt
Get the entire text of a favorite book—Pride and Prejudice, Outlander, The Count of Monte Cristo, and more—on a T-shirt. Litographs also sells posters, scarves, and tote bags. If these T-shirts aren’t quite right, there are many more options.
Great Bags and Accessories for Book Lovers
A Classic Book Cover Tote Bag
Pick out a tote bag with a vintage book cover (any many other designs) from Out of Print books. (Out of Print also has T-shirts, mugs, and much more.) Or check out these bookish totes.
Olde Book Backpack
This cute backpack let readers carry their books in a book. (And it looks a little like a TARDIS, a bonus for Doctor Who fans.)
Book Spines Lunch Bag
Because books aren’t the only nourishment a reader needs.
Purrrrfect Books Wallet and Phone Case
Book and cat lovers can keep their phone and cash handy with this fun wallet, adorned with purrrfectly punny book titles.
Color Changing Bookshelf Umbrella
When it rains, it pours…books! When this umbrella gets wet, the books around its border appear. Find more bookish umbrellas here.
Great Decorative Gifts for Book Lovers
Personalized Book Lover Throw Pillow
This pillow makes sure readers always have a spot on the couch to curl up with their book.
Penguin Not Now I’m Reading Poster
An important reminder not to disturb a reader immersed in a book. And check out these 13 Literary Prints (and 13 more) for more options.
Reading Woman Calendar
The women in this calendar are inspiration to keep reading all year long.
Paper Book Light
This pretty book light adds ambiance to any room.
Artist Jane Mount will create a custom print of a reader’s favorite books. Ideal Bookshelf also offers pre-made prints, mugs, and shirts with bookshelves of specific book series, genres, and themes.
This pretty wreath is a nice adornment for any book lovers’ door (as long as they don’t mind art made from book pages).
Library Nook Car Seat Cover
Book lovers can take their passion on the road with these car seat covers.
Great Drinking Gifts for Book Lovers
I Heart Books Mug
This elegant mug is just one of many mugs available for book lovers. See our list of 28 Bookish Mugs for more options.
Book Lover Wine Glass Charms
Book club hosts will find these wine glass charms to be especially handy.
Great Drinkers Shot Glasses
A fun gift for anyone who’s wanted to have a drink with Dorothy Parker or Oscar Wilde.
Book Drunkard Koozie
Keep those canned drinks cool with a koozie featuring a quote from L.M. Montgomery.
Library Card Coasters
Library lovers can protect their furniture with these fun coasters.
Great Edible Gifts for Book Lovers
Literary Fortune Cookies
Instead of the usual fortunes, these cookies feature quotes from great authors.
Novel Teas and Tea Tins
Book lovers can enjoy a cup of Oliver Lemon Twist or Don Quixotea, stored in its own special tin from Novel Teas. Choose just one or get the whole set.
Make your own cookies or give a cookie cutter to the bookish baker on your list.
Great Fun and Games Gifts for Book Lovers
Book Lover’s Scrabble
This version of Scrabble is like the regular version, with a view variations, such as the option to use author names.
Readers Paradise Puzzle
Working this puzzle won’t be quite as nice as being in this gorgeous room, but it’s close. See this list of 18 Great Bookish Puzzles for more options.
Bring Your Own Book Game
This game asks players to look through their favorite books for the cleverest dating advice, tabloid headlines, and more.
Lit Chat Conversation Starters
Get a conversation about books and life going with the 100 questions in this deck of Lit Chat cards.
Great Kids’ Gifts for Book Lovers
By the Book: A Novel Stacking Puzzle
This puzzle will get little ones started early with the constant book lovers’ challenge of strategically stacking books to fit your space.
This whimsical bookcase is a fun addition to a young reader’s room
Add a favorite quote to this onesie for the future reader in your life. Literatee also has T-shirts and other gear for adults and kids.
Storybook Baby Hat
A section from Alice in Wonderland adorns this sweet hat for newborns. You can also choose from Black Beauty, Peter Pan, and other classics. Or you can choose a Storiarts scarf, T-shirt, or tote for adults.
Book Spines Kids’ Dress
Get your littlest reader all decked out in this adorable dress.
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