A Last Minute Selection of Gift-Friendly eBooks

The holidays, again, are upon us. With that in mind, happy Ramadan, Eid Mubarak, Hanukkah Sameach, happy Christmas, happy Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, happy Kwanzaa, happy Saturnalia, and happy nothing if that’s what you have in store this December. Whatever the occasion may be, perhaps you’re seeking one final gift for a literary loved one or bibliophile best friend. If you’re not sure how to give someone an eBook, may we direct you to our guide to giving eBooks as gifts?

When it’s time to choose eBooks, you’ll find recommendations from our staff below about titles that your friend/partner/neighbour, if they’re a Christmasser, would love to find under the Christmas tree (which you’ll note is impossible, being that eBooks have no solid state: please forgive the festive finagling).

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
The Magic of Tidying has transformed so many of my friends’ lives. I’m in the process of being transformed but I will be gifting it to many members of my family this Xmas!
Julia Midwinter, Director of eBook Operations

Everything is Illuminated
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
I highly enjoyed reading this book, especially the play on language, translation and the learning of foreign languages. Making use of the build-in dictionary tool of my e-reader helped understanding the communication difficulties of the characters.
Daniela Helming, eBook Quality Controller

My Hour
My Hour by Bradley Wiggins
Bradley Wiggins’ brilliant biography ‘My Hour’ is an inspiring read, and looks really nice in ebook form. It would make a top prezzie for any cycling buffs in your life.
Hannah Tucker, Complex eBook Project Manager

Paper Towns eBook
Paper Towns by John Green
The release of the film adaptation of Paper Towns prompted me to read this book and luckily for me I was able to download the eBook version while I was abroad. The book is brilliant; a fresh approach to the mystery genre that I thoroughly enjoyed. Green creates a perfect combination of suspense, passion and teenage issues, making it an exciting read for a wide audience.
Rose Kavanagh, eBook Quality Controller

The Cornershop Cookbook
The Cornershop Cookbook by Caroline Craig and Sophie Missing
This cookbook is a perfect present for anyone who knows what it’s like to come home after a long day at work and wants to rustle up something delicious from your cornershop essentials. I love the simplicity of the recipes reflected in the book’s clean design, which also translated well into the eBook edition! The fact there’s an actual recipe for Spamen (otherwise known as spam ramen) is pure genius.
Odile de Caires, Complex eBook Coordinator

The Third Man Enhanced Edition
The Third Man: Enhanced Edition with Film Clips, Script and Archive Material from the Motion Picture
In a year of distracting and regrettable puns, a Wellespring of additional features gave this enhanced eBook a new burst of life. The text is an engaging literary thriller – never before has it been so closely married with its film version. The enhanced edition features video clips, images from the film’s production, and more, as you can see in our video exposé. A great gift for film-lovers, students with a comparative interest in film and literature, or anyone who likes a good and fast-moving read.

That’s all from us for now. Happy reading, happy everything, and see you in 2016.

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