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.