How to Shop for Every Book Lover This Season

by Karen Green

Lots of people stress out during the gift-buying season, but if you’re shopping for book lovers, half the job is already done—you know what you’re getting them. The second half of the job can be a little bit trickier. Once you’ve determined who you’re buying books for, you have to decide which books to buy and in these glorious technological times, the best format for each reader.

But not to worry; take a look at these tips and we’re sure that shopping for the book lovers on your gift list will be as easy as one for you, one for me.

 

Make a list

This is the really easy part.

  • Step one: figure out who you’re shopping for.

 

Check it twice 

This part is fun, but trickier.

  • Deciding who gets what book can take a little bit of thought and effort.
  • You want to gift your book lovers with a title they will enjoy yet haven’t read already.
  • You’ll have to do some sleuthing: check out bookshelves, recall conversations and refer to sites like Goodreads where your reader may have catalogued the books they want to read.
  • If you still aren’t sure what your gift-receiver has or hasn’t read, a brand new release is usually a safe bet.
  • Once you have curated your ideas, it’s time to …

 

Start shopping!

Most people’s holiday shopping habits comprise a combination of personal and practical considerations, including time to shop, accessibility to stores and budget.

  • Luckily, books are one of the easiest gifts to shop for because, with the possible exception of warehouse-type stores, availability and price for physical copies of books are usually the same on- and off-line (and if there’s a difference, you can figure that out at the click of a mouse).
  • So really, all you have to decide is if you prefer to shop at home or in-store.

 

Choose your format

Readers are rich with format choices these days and as the gift-giver, you’ll have to make that choice for each book lover on your list.

  • Some people prefer to remain analog readers, some have gone totally digital and some spend their reading time with audiobooks or a combination of all three.
  • Format is up to you.
  • Here’s a quick pros-and-cons list to consider when gift shopping:

 

Go hardcopy
  • Pros: something to unwrap on Christmas morning.
  • Cons: heavy and you might have to leave the house to buy it.

 

Go digital 
  • Pros: does not overburden Santa’s sleigh, a reader’s bookshelf or the environment.
  • Cons: an email alerting someone to a gift can seem a bit anticlimactic.

 

Go audio
  • Pros: an audiobook gift can act as a great introduction to the format for someone that hasn’t considered or is hesitant to try audiobooks.
  • Cons: possible limited availability on brand new releases.

 

Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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