"Book buying, by extension, has become an impersonal exchange. Soulless gift cards and instant e-certificates are, of course, the only option when there is no specific book object to wrap. But giving gift cards in a long-term relationship is depressing. It's like saying, 'Here's 150 Amazon dollars. That's how much I love you. Please adjust to reflect my portion of the mortgage payment.' "
--Leah McLaren in her Globe & Mail column "How the rise of e-readers takes the fun out of giving books."
But I like gift-cards to bookstores. Give me, please?