Christmas Gift 2014: 13 gadgets and presents for book lovers

KATANA BOOKENDS


The pen is mightier than the sword, as someone who has never tried to fend off a claymore-wielding assailant with a biro said. Fortunately you can have the best of both worlds with this magnetic set of bookends – slip the metal sleeves inside your books, and the katana hilt and blade will hover in place as if by magic.

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KOBO AURA H2O


"Yes, but can you read it in the bath?" retorts your book-reading friend as they point accusingly in the direction of your e-reader. Wipe the smug grin off their face with this waterproof Kobo, which will survive a dunking just as well as any paperback. And it won't go all weird and puffy afterwards, either.

Buy Kobo Aura H2O here


CURIOUS CREATURES: THE SHORTER HORROR OF MR JAMES


MR James was the master of the Christmas ghost story; a fireside Yuletide tradition that chilled the blood of many a Cambridge scholar. Now you too can share in the shivers with this audiobook of James' short fiction, read with appropriately donnish delivery by actor Robert Lloyd Parry.

Buy Curious Creatures: The Shorter Horror of MR James here



SUCK UK DEAD MARK BOOKMARK


Poor old Mark. There he was, minding his own business, reading a book – when all of a sudden the pages shut and he was squashed flat. Still, at least his death wasn't meaningless – he can live on as a bookmark.

Buy Suck UK Dead Mark bookmark here

TRUE GRACE MANOR LIBRARY CANDLE


Bibliophiles regularly complain that we've lost something in the transition from physical texts to digital books; the musty smell of well-thumbed tomes. Fortunately, True Grace has created this candle with a "smoky blend of cedar, sandlewood and birch tar amber" that evokes the smell of a grand old library.

Buy True Grace Manor Library candle here


LEITMOTIV BOOKSHADE BOOK REST LAMP 


This handy wall lamp does double duty as a bookmark and a stylish design feature; pop your book on top of it and it'll mark your place, as well as looking like a little house. And it's perfect for bedside reading.

Buy Leitmotiv Bookshade Book rest lamp here


THE HOBBIT MOLESKINE 


Don your mithril shirt and set out for adventure with this gorgeous cloth-bound notebook in hand. It's decorated with graphics drawn from Tolkien's own artwork – none of your cinematic flummery here. An endpaper with Thror's map should help you find your way through the Misty Mountains; and there are plenty of pages to set down your account of going There and Back Again.

Buy The Hobbit Moleskine here

AMAZON KINDLE VOYAGE 


Amazon’s new high-end Kindle Voyage really is the crème de la crème of e-readers. Its snazzy 300ppi high-resolution display has been designed to remove all glare and look as close to real paper as possible. At a sleek 7.6mm, it’s paper-thin too, and can be comfortably held in one hand. No need to lift a finger when turning the page, the PagePress sensors flip the page with a slightest press. Even adjusting the brightness is a thing of the past – an adaptive front light changes to suit your environment.

Buy Amazon Kindle Voyage here


PENGUIN ART PRINTS 


Penguin's paperback covers are design icons – and now you can plaster them all over your walls. There's a selection of cover designs to choose from – everything from the colour-coded covers of the 1930s (including the very first Penguin paperback, Ariel) to the more elaborate modern classics.

Buy Penguin art prints here

HANDMADE LEATHER BOUND JOURNAL 


Most bookworms dream of publishing their own novel one day, and for most of them, this dream will never come true (sorry). However, at least one can look more literary with this handsome buckled leather journal. With handmade unlined paper and available in various colours, you can scribble away looking like Hemingway, although in reality you’re writing unflattering limericks about your boss.

Buy Handmade Leather Bound Journal here

CLASSIC BOOK CASE FOR IPAD MINI 


Even though you now read books on your tablet instead of in the local library, show you aren’t completely heartless and still prefer the aesthetics of a dusty classic with a book cover iPad case. Compatible with all iPad mini versions and also available for Kindle, Samsung and Nexus devices, this is the perfect modern-yet-traditional gift.

Buy Classic Book Case for iPad Mini here



STEAMPUNK BOOKMARK 


If you have a literature-loving friend who likes to dress up as a Victorian adventurer or steam train at the weekend, this is a unique bookmark that’s bound to please. Embellished with an upcycled vintage watch, it will look particularly good holding the page of a gothic novel.

Buy Steampunk bookmark here



AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS PRINT 


Show your admiration for the against –the-clock adventurer Phileas Fogg with This Around The World In 80 Days art print; the bold design has been created using the actual lines of Jules Verne’s 1873 novel. Or find your favourite in art form from this website, which also includes posters of the works of Dickens, Hardy and the Brontë sisters.

Buy Around The World In 80 Days print here

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