As the gift giving season is upon us, everyone is scrambling to find things that are thoughtful and considerate presents to give rather than something much more bland like a gift card. If you know of anyone who is a literary aficionado and has a tablet reader like a Kindle or an iPad, considering buying them a new case might be a good move. We've rounded up a broad selection of cases which feature designs inspired by books, notepads, and magazines. BookBook for iPad ($69.99)
If you're looking to give someone a high quality leather case this is your best option. This case doubles as a stand, is made from a durable brown leather, and is designed to look like a book you just salvaged from a pirate ship or something. Come to think of it, this could also work well for any of your steampunk friends. It is also advertised as offering additional protection since your iPad is totally concealed within the case when its closed so no one would think to steal it. This fits both generations of the iPad.
New Yorker Jacket ($29.99)
Do you know a New Yorker fan? These covers prominently feature some of the hilarious, smart, and beautiful New Yorker cover illustrations while protecting your precious e-reader inside. The cases are compatible with the Kindle 3, Kobo, and iRiver Story HD.
DIY Book Case ($0)
Trying to save some money? As you can imagine, crafting one of these yourself is entirely possible. Find an old book, hollow out the inside according to your device's size, and attach a ribbon on the inside which just slight sticks out from the tablet once placed inside. This will allow you to remove it easily without fuss. So get with the DIY spirit and save some cash.
The DodoCase, handcrafted in San Francisco, is meant to look like a discreet black notebook when closed. We linked to the iPad 2 but there are versions available for many different tablets like the Kindle Fire, Kindle Keyboard, and the Blackberry Playbook Tablet. Support USA and small business by going for this high-quality case. Everyone wins.
Moleskine Digital Folio ($39.95)
Lastly, the notebook of choice for the writers and artists everywhere -- Moleskine -- has their own version of the Kindle case in the form of a folio that contains a generous amount of notebook paper to jot down notes or sketches while reading. Made with Moleskine's typical high quality production and materials, this is likely to be a case that will last a while. Available for Kindle 2 and the original iPad.