Riding a public bus or train in 2011 feels like a scene out of some futuristic Terry Gilliam movie. With their faces set in downward motions, commuters stare into reasonably sized, rectangular devices, as if there’s a Big-Brother-like entity feeding them mind-numbing propaganda. In reality, of course, there are no conspiracies afoot; rather, it’s the phenomenon known as the e-reader, a device that store countless books and have made people who carry paperbacks and hardcovers around look like time-travelers from distant eras.

And there’s nothing wrong with reading on a Kindle, Nook, or an iPad—we’re just a bit too old-fashioned to abandon books in their original forms. In the spirit of keeping the reading bug alive, we’re here to assist your shopping needs with our gift guide of 25 must-give books this holiday season. And, yes, most of them are available for e-readers. It’s not like we’re not about to recommend a bunch of ancient scrolls.

Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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