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Digital Swag for Literati

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Anne Mai Yee Jansen


Anne Mai Yee Jansen is a literature and ethnic studies professor and a lifelong story addict. She exists on a steady diet of books and hot chocolate, with a heaping side of travel whenever possible. Originally hailing from the sun and sandstone of southern California, she currently resides with her partner, offspring, and feline companion in the sleepy mountains of western North Carolina.

When I think of books, I think of paper, ink, and that wonderful smell of a freshly opened book. But we live in a digital world, and every literati can enjoy some digital swag, too!

I’m not talking about your ereader case, either. I’m talking about digital swag for your phone, tablet, or computer. Bookish goods that can add a little library style to your screens or bring a little bookstore vibe to your devices. Just because it’s digital doesn’t mean it has to feel digital.

There are some amazing products out there that feature beautiful graphic design elements. Whether you’re looking to spruce up a tired-looking desktop display or transform the aesthetic of your smart phone, these products are designed to bring some bookish bling to your digital world.

In addition to graphics, some of the items on this list will help you track your reading in style. There are thoughtfully crafted reading journals and other resources that’ll make it easy for you to log your latest read or plan for the next one.

So for the digital literati hoping to turn their devices into little libraries, this is the list for you!

Digital Planners & Accessories

dark academia digital planner

This dark academia digital planner ($30) is super cool! It looks great, but it also has tons of really functional features. I love the way the navigation works based on items on a desktop rather than a linear tab-style mechanism.

a white tablet displaying an assortment of digital bookish stickers, including ones of book stacks, hands holding an open book, bookish quotes in calligraphy, and more

These digital bookish stickers ($5) are gorgeous. They’re versatile and nicely rendered, and they’re also sure to make every literati want to stop everything and pick up a book. Bonus: the seller also makes them in packs that feature a variety of skin tones!

digital book lover stickers

These digital book lover stickers ($5) are too sweet to pass up! In addition to pretty pictures, they also have a lot of functional graphics (like stars for ranking your reads or list-style images for you to write on). The pack even comes with four journal covers!

digital book lover sticker pack

This pack of digital book lover stickers ($6) offers a totally different aesthetic than the previous one. It also comes with its own reading challenge and some fun floral illustrations.

Bookish Goods for Your Phone

bookish app icon pack

Tired of looking at the same old app icons on your phone? The book lover app icon pack ($7) will transform your device into a cute little digital book nook.

minimalist bookstagram template pack

For digital literati who like to get their social media on, this minimalist Bookstagram post template pack ($9) will help you do it in style! It may be minimalist, but it’ll have maximum impact.

bookish Lightroom preset pack

Need some quick filters to help your Bookstagram pics look amazing? This bookish boho Lightroom preset pack ($6) delivers ten of them so you don’t have to do all the editing yourself.

bookstagram story sticker pack

These Bookstagram story stickers ($4) will help you spruce up any post. Offering cute phrases, pretty line art, and even some fun frames, these story stickers will up your literati game.

Computer Desktop Accessories

cat desktop organizer pack

I know cats and books aren’t the same thing, but they go together so well. With that in mind, this cat desktop organizer pack ($5) is too cute to pass up! With 20 customizable wallpapers (including calendar pages), it’s sure to help keep your desktop decluttered year-round!

set of 4 desktop wallpapers

If you’re not interested in organizer backgrounds, these dark and light academia desktop wallpapers ($3) are a great option for transforming your desktop into a literati-friendly digital space.

bookish desktop icons

No matter what your desktop looks like, replacing your computer’s standard-issue icons with these beautiful dark academia desktop folder icons ($8) will liven things up. They look great on light and dark backgrounds and will make your desktop feel like a cozy library.

30 old paper textures

Whether you’re looking for more desktop wallpapers or want some interesting bookish backgrounds to use in your digital presentations, this pack of old paper textures ($5) should do the trick!

Digital Reading Journals

dark-themed digital reading journal

I’m a huge fan of keeping track of my reading, and this dark-themed digital reading journal ($6) is both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. It’s hyperlinked (for use with specific apps) and has a wide variety of page templates for you to choose from. They make a light-themed one, too!

bullet journal reading journal

This bullet journal reading journal ($44) has tons of templates to choose from and also includes reading challenges from sites like Book Riot (among others), reflection pages, pages for planning your reading, and tons of other thoughtful goodies sure to appeal to even the most choosy literati!

book club journal

This clever book club journal ($8) doesn’t just help you keep track of the books your book club has read. It also includes pages to help your club stay organized, keep track of books borrowed and loaned, schedule meetings, and plan social events.

Still Searching for Something?

If you’re looking for tangible goods, take a look at these accessories for your ereader or more accessories for your reading life in general. Not quite ready to go digital? Not to worry: you can always stick to pen and ink with these analog reading journals. And if you’re still wanting more, peruse our Book Fetish archives for more literati swag than you could ever have imagined!