There’s nothing like giving the gift of reading.

And, it used to be that there was one means to that end: Buy a book at a bookstore, perhaps inscribe it, wrap it up and give it.

But today, the gift of reading can mean so much more than a wrapped-up book. Today, the literary giver is lost in a sea of e-readers, tablets, e-books, gift cards, and oh boy, the accessories.

All this week, we’re looking at the ways the book business has changed and giving you tips on how to navigate it all, whether you’re a gifter, a reader, an author or just an observer — and just in time for the holiday rush.

Series Posts

> Mediatwits #66: Special Roundtable on Future of Print Books and E-Books, co-hosted by Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali

> Poll: Which Do You Prefer: E-Books or Printed Books? by Mark Glaser

> Giving the Gift of E-Reading: New Developments in E-Book Giving and E-Reader Cozies, by Jenny Shank

> How 6 New Tools Change the Equation for Writing and Self-Publishing Your Book, by Carla King

> Can an Old-Fashioned Non-Interactive Author Survive in the Social Age?, by Felicia Pride

> VIDEO: Can Print and E-Books Coexist? by Joshua Davis

Previous Beyond the Book Series

> The Book Publishing Industry of the Future: It’s All About Content by Felicia Pride

> 5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome, Even for the Very Reluctant by Jenny Shank

> How a Novelist Bypassed His Publisher and Raised $11,000 on Kickstarter by Simon Owens

> E-Book Publishers Must Provide Flexible Access to Avoid Media Hell by Dorian Benkoil

> 5Across: Beyond the Book – E-Books and Self-Publishing, a video roundtable discussion moderated by Mark Glaser

> Is Amazon Short-Changing Authors? by Jon Peters

> Mediatwits #25: The 800 Pound Gorilla of E-Books: Amazon, an audio podcast hosted by Mark Glaser and Rafat Ail

> Poll: What do you think about Amazon’s power in book publishing? by Mark Glaser

> Why Self-Publishers Should Consider Using Lightning Source by Carla King

> How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books by Audrey Watters

> Will There Be Books? by Scott Turow

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Managing editor Courtney Lowery Cowgill is a writer, editor, teacher and farmer based in central Montana. In addition to her work with MediaShift, she teaches online courses at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. Before she came to MediaShift, she was the co-founder and editor in chief of the now shuttered online magazine NewWest.Net. When she’s not writing, teaching or editing, she’s helping her husband wrangle 150 heritage turkeys, 30 acres of food, overgrown weeds or their young daughter. She blogs about life on the farm, and other things, at www.lifecultivated.com.