If you're in need of a guide to learn how to play the ukulele, look no further than the book by Ted Parrish and Wayne Erbsen, Ukulele for the Complete Ignoramus. Both authors are experienced musicians who play a number of instruments.
This book has a down to earth folksy feel to it, which makes it easy to follow along. One of the perks of the electronic version is that it comes with an instructional audio CD. That way you can actually hear how you're supposed to sound, instead of just reading about it and guessing.
Not only do you receive instructions to play the ukulele, but you also get 40 uke tabs. The songs are from a variety of music genres, from blues to bluegrass.
If you're considering buying a ukulele as a present for someone, this would be an excellent accompanying gift!