Your mother is special: one-of-a-kind, the perfect cook, the best soother of your fears and the woman who has always been there, no matter what. This Mother's Day, give your mom the gift she deserves; give her the gift of imagination, intrigue and adventure. Give her an eReader, such as a Kindle 3G or the new iPad. If your mother has yet to purchase an eReader, why not take the initiative? Your siblings may have flowers delivered, bring her chocolate, make her a card or buy her a "World's Best Mom" mug, but if you want to get her something she'll use every day, then buy her the Kindle eReader or prodigious iPad. To help you decide which device to get your mom, here are some of the things you will need to consider:
The Kindle 3G
Romance, mystery, horror, science fiction, fantasy, humor – this eReader can hold it all. Like the iPad, the Kindle has become a must-have gadget. The Kindle is any avid reader's dream. With 3G, you can download and store thousands of eBooks, magazines and newspapers from the Kindle Store on Amazon without needing to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot. Your mother can subscribe to her favorite newspaper or magazine and have the electronic version auto-delivered right to her eReader as soon as the physical issue hits newsstands. Or she can download the latest bestselling novel anytime, anywhere.
The newest Kindle 3G has several features your mom is sure to appreciate including:
High-Contrast Screen – Better contrast and improved fonts provide darker text on a lighter background, which is easier to read. The no-glare screen is also perfect for when you're lounging in the sun. Not only does the electronic-ink screen allow for a better reading experience, its battery use is minimal. This eReader can last up to two months on a single charge if the Wi-Fi connection is not used and you read around 30 minutes a day.
Sleek Design – The Kindle 3G is 11 percent smaller than its predecessor, but it still keeps the large, 6-inch reading screen. Weighing in at just 7.8 ounces, this sleek design will allow your mom to tote her eReader around easily in her purse to the beach, on an airplane, to the spa or just about anywhere else.
Time and Space – The 3G Wi-Fi eReader offers 4GB of memory, which means that the device itself can hold up to 3,000 eBooks, including magazines, newspapers and other documents. Your mother may never go anywhere again without her eReader.
Read-to-Me – This eReader has a text-to-speech feature, which will read the words aloud. The new Audible Audiobook feature offers over 50,000 audio books, which are narrated by the author or guest reader.
X-ray – How do you read a book? Do you skim or do you read every word, digesting every passage and detail? The Kindle X-ray feature allows you to delve into the deepest depths of the book you are reading. If you come across a person, idea or fact that particularly interests you, the X-ray feature pulls up similar passages in the book that mention that same person, idea or fact.
Zip, Zilch, Nada – Your mother has great taste in literature and is sure to love classic, no-longer-copyrighted works such as "The Count of Monte Cristo," "War and Peace," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and many more. The Kindle Store offers free downloads of over 1.8 million eBooks, many of them timeless classics.
The New iPad
The new Apple iPad is a marriage between technology and innovation. Your mother may not need all of the amazing features the new iPad offers, but she will definitely get your money's worth out of the iBooks app. Over 700,000 books, including free eBooks, are available for instant download from the iBookstore. If your mother loves reading to her grandkids, she can take advantage of the eReader's LCD display where illustrated children's books will come to life. Aside from these fantastic iBooks features, here are a few more your mother will love:
Place-Holder – Interruptions are a part of life. With the iBooks app, your mother will never lose her place again when she has to put the book down for one reason or another.
Dictionary – Simply tap on any word and the eReader's built-in English dictionary will instantly define it. You can even use the iPad's keyboard to type in a particular word and iBooks will highlight every instance of that word within the book.
Notes & Highlighter – This eReader feature allows your mother to highlight her favorite passage of any eBook. She can even add her own notes as she reads.
Font & Text – Your mother will love the ability to change the font and the size of the text easily while using this eReader.
Keep in mind that, in addition to the aforementioned features, the Apple eReader has a plethora of other extraordinary features and functions unique to the iPad.
As soon as your mom has a Kindle or the new iPad in hand, she will immediately want to dive into a great book. Below are 10 books your mom will definitely enjoy reading or listening to on her new eReader. You can find these eBooks at the Kindle Store as well as through the iBooks application:
The Hunger Games Trilogy
You may have been caught in the Hunger Games movie frenzy. Now it's time to read the book. The Hunger Games trilogy has readers emotionally devoted the world over. Love, betrayal, war, death, destruction, intrigue – Suzanne Collins captivates you with her writing, hooks you with her characters and transports you right into the book.
Stieg Larsson's critically acclaimed novels bring to light political and business corruption. Larsson's characters are intimately exposed, empowering the reader to feel their triumphs, pain, fear and anger. The trilogy includes "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest."
From growing up in Pennsylvania to her college life, amateur improv, "Saturday Night Live" and motherhood, Tina Fey's twist on the traditional memoir is deliciously hilarious.
Imagine: How Creativity Works Jonah Lehrer, the author of "How We Decide," has written a new book that looks at the science of creativity, how ideas are developed and turned into bona fide inventions. You will learn how to think outside the box and embrace the idea of daydreaming.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald weaves a story of romance, passion, obsession, ambition, greed and heartbreak, giving us one of the most beloved classic novels in American literature.
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continues to seduce readers with excellent prose and contagious energy. Austen's 19th century British setting is the perfect backdrop for romance for the brooding Mr. Darcy and strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet, two of the most well-known characters in classic literature.
Kathryn Stockett has created a fascinating book about the black maids who worked in white households in Jackson, Mississippi, during the 1960s. Beautifully written, "The Help" makes you laugh, it makes you cry and it educates you on racial issues. If you saw the movie, which was nominated for several awards, you must read the book.
Amir, the son of a wealthy merchant, is tormented as he remembers his betrayal of his childhood-friend, Hassan. After learning of Hassan's brutal murder, Amir, who emigrated to America, makes the journey back to his now war-torn homeland to rescue Hassan's son, hoping to redeem himself from his childhood treachery.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
After seven years of research, Laura Hillenbrand gives voice to Louie Zamperini, an Olympian and World War II Veteran. This is an inspiring story, a tale, according to the author of "daring, defiance, persistence, ingenuity and the ferocious will of a man who refused to be broken."
Brandon Sanderson has created a trilogy unlike any other, bringing the classic tale of good versus evil, redemption, destruction and salvation full circle. Twists, turns and lurches, pulls the reader in and takes them through a journey unlike any other in the crowded and sometimes overplayed fantasy genre.