Gift Idea: Kobo e-reader

I sometimes read books on my iPad, but it’s really heavy when you hold it up for a while, and it’s hard to see in bright sunlight.  So if you’re really into books, an e-reader makes a good gift idea.  I recommend the Kobo, not the Kindle, because it uses the ePub book format, and not Amazon’s proprietary Kindle format.  Basically, that means that if you have a Kindle, you can only read books from the Kindle bookstore.  With a Kobo, you can read books from the Kobo bookstore (which has excellent selection), and you can also get e-books from the library (for free!).

There are 3 different Kobo e-readers, and you can find a great comparison chart here.  The Kobo Vox has some great features, including a colour screen.  Personally, I’d go for the Kobo Touch, mostly because the battery is better than the original Kobo. And it’s on sale right now as part of Indigo’s black Friday deals – you get $20 off until December 4.

Gift Idea: 25% Off at Pinhole Press

I was just sent a discount code for Pinhole Press that I’d like to share with you.  It’s good for 25% off all their products, and it’s good until December 2.  The promo code is PINHOLEFAMILY.

I ordered a few photo notepads and a personalized desktop calendar from Pinhole Press last month.  They look amazing – the paper quality is really good, and the printing is lovely.  A great Christmas gift idea!

Gift Idea: USB car power adapter

It’s that time of year… time to start thinking of holiday prezzies.  I’ve been perusing gift guides, and I’d love to share a few gifties I’ve see that I think are pretty neat.  First up is a great stocking-stuffer idea I saw in this roundup of 30 Tech Gifts under $50.  This is a USB power adapter for your car’s cigarette lighter.  You could plug your iPhone or BlackBerry charger right into it (or anything else that plugs in with USB).  It’s super tiny, and super handy.  And at only 8 bucks, it’s a great stocking stuffer.