I've long been a believer that books make perfect gifts. Award-winning author Neil Gaiman concurs and encourages giving books, too, so possess confidence the strategy is sound.
With the following tips, you can ensure the selections you gift the Apple professionals in your life hit the mark. Apple fans, we'd love to hear from you—please share your book recommendations in this article's discussion.
SEE: The seven best books for Apple aficionados (TechRepublic)
Whether the Apple aficionado for whom you're shopping is a long-time Mac fan, a relatively new convert, a graphic artist, or a design professional, Apple's exclusive new Designed By Apple in California coffee table text sets a new standard for collectible books. Available in two sizes, the hardcover collects and celebrates 20 years of Apple innovation in a high-quality package boasting 450 photos, 280-line screen printing, specially milled paper with gilded, matte silver edges, and low-ghost inks.
The 10.2" x 12.8" edition costs $199. A larger 13" x 16.3" version is $299.
Jony Ive penned the book's introduction. And, while the volume is printed in English, an insert includes translations in select other languages.
SEE: Apple's first employee: The remarkable odyssey of Bill Fernandez (TechRepublic)
Simon & Schuster's Steve Jobs, authored by Walter Isaacson, is an instant memoir classic. Thanks to the book's exploration of business lessons, product histories, and marketing breakthroughs, the text should be required reading for all business professionals. I featured this title in my 2015 list of the best Apple books; it's a perennial favorite with which you cannot go wrong.
The hardcover retails for $35; the paperback is $20; and the audiobook, read by award-winning narrator Dylan Baker, is $24.99.
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak wrote a compelling memoir with former TechRepublic contributing writer Gina Smith, who served as a contributor developing the book. iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It offers an informative and approachable history of one of the computer industry's most important figures.
Another TechRepublic 2015 Apple gift book recommendation, Wozniak's paperback ($15.95) autobiography remains an intriguing read that provides an important counterbalance to Jobs' interpretation of history. The book is also available as an audiobook ($24.49).
If the Apple professional for whom you're seeking just the right stocking stuffer enjoys learning new technical skills, consider O'Reilly's Macintosh Terminal Pocket Guide. The paperback runs just $14.99 and offers numerous proven commands for improving administration and operation of Mac computers. Using the command line, Macintosh Terminal readers can quickly master Terminal commands to more effectively manage their systems, perform routine actions, and troubleshoot common problems.
Even if the Apple fan in your life is well-read, one first-rate collection may have escaped his or her attention. Check out Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, which assembles an impressive range of material celebrating geek culture from such popular authors as M. T. Anderson, Kelly Link, and Scott Westerfield. Although targeted at the young adult market, the stories collected within the $12 paperback anthology edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci creatively explore compelling sci-fi, gaming, comic book, theater, cosplay, and similar geek topics, and as such, will also appeal to a wide range of tech professionals regardless of age.
Note: Some material is of an adult nature and might prove inappropriate for sensitive readers. That said, most IT pros I've met would enjoy catching up on any of the anthologies' stories while waiting for their code to compile.
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Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president of Eckel Media Corp., a communications company specializing in public relations and technical authoring projects.