It used to be easy to give your loved ones books for the holidays. You went to a bookstore, browsed the shelves , and picked out something thoughtful: Jodi Picoult’s latest for your mom, Harry Potter for your niece, maybe a Bill O’Reilly rant for that uncle who never shuts up at Thanksgiving.
But now everyone has a Kindle or a Nook or an iPad. And how do you give an e-book? Sure, you can just hand over a gift card. But where’s the fun in that? Here are nine ideas for turning an e-book into a gift you can wrap up and tuck under the tree.
Also in Slate, see which books were the favorites of Slate staffers in 2012.
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Mad About Modi
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You Deserve a Pre-cation
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