Need Some E-Stocking-Stuffers?

It’s the holiday season, so I’m sure a lot of you out there, like me, are putting together lists of gifts to give and to ask for. And, if you’re like me, you love giving and getting books.

This year is a little weird for me, because instead of gathering at someone’s home, my family has rented a house for a week, and we are all staying there. Of course, travelling being the hassle it is, packing and returning with gifts is a pain, so my family is pretty much just exchanging gift cards this year. Yeah, it’s a little lame, but everyone can get what they want, avoid awkward conversations with the TSA, and we get to focus on food, fun, and family.

If you’re not a fan of gift cards, but face similar limitations–or you just really like technology–have you thought about gifting e-books? Most online bookstores make gifting e-books very easy (once you learn a few tricks). Not only can you give a gift with a few clicks using someone’s wishlist, but you can also use sites like

SFSignal recently posted a list of 43 sci-fi, fantasy, and horror Kindle e-books for under $3. It’s a great list, with wonderful anthologies like 999, and authors like Brandon Sanderson, Mira Grant, Richard Kadrey, Catherynne M. Valente, and David Brin. If you’re a genre reader, or know a genre reader, this a great resource for inexpensive e-books. You can fill up their e-stocking and their Kindle.

Oh, and for any family members who read this and think I’m hinting at gift ideas, talk to me first. I’ve already read many of the books on this list.

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