For many readers, ourselves included, books are most often consumed viaor another e-book platform. Sure, there's something lost in the transition from paper to screen, but the convenience and storage capacity of Kindle readers, or phones and tablets using e-book software, far outweighs the compromises. Except when the opposite is true.
Some books work better, or only, in physical format. We've compiled some of our favorites for a special Holiday Gift Guide edition of CNET Book Club, where we talk about awesome art books, tabletop books and just plain strange books that will never translate well to a Kindle screen. On the plus side, they make excellent real-world holiday gifts, and look better wrapped up than an e-book gift code. Many brick-and-mortar book stores are open until the wee hours in the days before Christmas, so there's still time to get someone an awesome nondigital gift.
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CNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 Gift Guide Special
Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History
by Sam Witwer, Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman and Jon Peterson
House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski
Ship of Theseus
by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down
by Gina McIntyre
Paperbacks from Hell
by Grady Hendrix
The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens
by Mark Salisbury
Giraffes on Horseback Salad
by Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker and Manuela Pertega
by Jeff Vandermeer (listen to our )
Theory of Fun for Game Design
by Raph Koster
The Electric State
by Simon Stalenhag
by Luigi Serafini
About CNET Book Club
The Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We'll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott.