We love ebooks. They may be rubbish for swatting wasps but they're great in lots of other ways: they're convenient, they're brilliant for travelling and they don't take up much space in your house.
Forget all that stuff about the death of the book: ebooks are giving it a whole new lease of life, providing more ways to read your favourite writers than ever before. From E-ink to LCDs, thin readers to tablet computers, these are the ten ereading devices you need to know about.
1. Amazon Kindle Keyboard 3G - £149
Best ereader for: serious ebook buyers
When Amazon unveiled its latest Kindles, the existing third generation Kindle became the Kindle Keyboard and the Wi-Fi model disappeared. The third-gen Kindle is still our pick, though: it's more comfortable to hold than the newer Kindles and its ergonomics are spot-on. Battery life and storage space are two months and 3,500 books respectively, there's a wee speaker for audiobooks, Read-to-me and tunes, and of course there's Amazon's enormous ebook library and WhisperSync synchronisation with the various Kindle apps. The 3G modem's largely pointless - when have you ever needed a book so badly you couldn't wait until you were near a WiFi hotspot? - but the Kindle Keyboard remains the E-Ink ereader to beat.
2. Kobo eReader Touch - £109
Best ereader for: all-round competence
Kobo eReaders are new to the UK, and they're very welcome arrivals: the eReader Touch is a genuine rival to the new Kindles, particularly the Kindle Touch. It looks better, has a nicer user interface and has a better range of typefaces, and unlike Amazon's touch-screen device you can actually buy one in British shops. If you're considering a Kindle, we'd strongly recommend checking out the Kobo first before you make up your mind.
Ebook readers aren't just about technology, of course: they're about content too, because nobody's going to shell out for an ebook reader they can't get any books for. Kobo's got that covered too: while we found a few gaps in the catalogue, the big hitters were present, correct and no more expensive than Amazon. There's also a good range of apps so you can read your purchases on other devices too.
3. Amazon Kindle Wi-Fi - £89
Best ereader for: cut-price Kindling
The keyboard isn't the only thing the new Kindle's lost: battery life is down from two months to one, storage is down from 3,500 books to 1,400 and there's no speaker, but the Kindle DNA is intact: the reading experience is perfectly pleasant, you can sync with the various Kindle apps and getting new books is a doddle. As our in-depth review notes, "If you want a straightforward dedicated ereader, it's hard to see past the neat form factor, superb book choice, amazing screen and eye-catching price of the Amazon Kindle."
4. Amazon Kindle Touch - Price TBC
Best ereader for: Kindle fans who'd rather wait for a touch screen
It's not here yet - the US gets first dibs - but we know what we're going to see: a New Kindle without the faintly horrible buttons, with a faintly horrible silvery case and with a nifty touchscreen. The US price is $99, and once tax and other odds and sods are taken into consideration we'd expect a £100ish price here too.
5. Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-T1 - £130
Best ereader for: Kindle haters
The Sony Reader PRS-T1 Wi-Fi is a light and thin ebook reader that doesn't quite measure up to the competition. If the only two specifications you care about are the weight (167 grams) or the thickness (9.5mm) then this might be your best option. However, if you care about an accessible interface, extra features beyond the basic book store, and a reasonable (slightly higher) price, the Kindle 4 is a better bet.
Available in red, black, or white, the Reader is a stylish and svelte ebook reader that felt comfortable during several long ebook reading sessions. You can borrow books from your local library, download free Google Books selections (including many Dickens classics), and play music files.