One of the problems with buying e-books is that it tends to tie you to a particular platform and, in Australia in particular, that often restricts your choice of titles and makes it harder to support independent retailers. Fortunately, it looks like that situation should improve next year.
Charlotte Harper at ebookish reports on a survey by Bookseller & Publisher which found that 40% of those booksellers not currently selling e-books plan to do so in 2011. Only 17% plan to sell no electronic titles at all.
As the report notes, a big problem at the moment is distribution: of the various e-book platforms on offer to Australians, only Kobo appears to have comprehensive coverage of the major publishers. That's also likely to change with the arrival of Google into the market and a broader range of suppliers to buy titles from. In the meantime, you can find some gift ideas for book lovers in our Christmas gift guide.