Have you got the latest e-reader?

There's nothing nicer than choosing a lovely bundle of books to take a way on holiday. Until, that is, you have to pay for the excess baggage! That's why many folks who travel a lot have turned to e-readers like the Kindle or the Samsung Galaxy Note instead.

With an e-reader, you have a wealth of choice at your fingertips. Most of the classics are free so you can wuther away, spend some time in the company of Mr Darcy or travel in HG Well's Time Machine. Or why not immerse yourself in something more serious like the latest fashion magazines as you catch the rays?

E-readers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are true to the style of a book in that they use a paper and ink-style interface. Others are LCD or LED screens which are also capable of delivering high quality images and movies - they're much more than just an e-reader, they're a whole entertainment system as long as you have an internet connection.

If you live abroad, an e-reader will allow you to access the latest best sellers - just check the availability of titles to download where you are.

The main contenders are the Kindle, iPad mini, Nook and Kobo. On the face of it, there doesn't seem to be much to choose between them. They all have the same basic shape and perform the same functions. There are a few details to look out for though:

How many titles do you want to be able to choose from? The Nook has 3 million to choose from... Is a high resolution screen important? Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Note or the iPad mini are good but the new Kobo Aura comes out top. If you're an avid reader, battery life is also critical - you don't want to be left with an involuntary cliff-hanger! Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Glo have long battery life. Do you want to read in the dark? Then it's the Kindle Paperwhite or the Kobo Glo again.

If you don't want to rely on Amazon, the Kobo Aura is a good choice of e-reader. Kobo also runs android (something to do with ice-cream?) and is very flexible - you can install games and use it much more like a tablet compared to the Kindle Fire.

Price is a factor for most people - the best value e-reader is probably the Nook at the moment - models available are under £30 although there is limited availability. The Kobo e-readers are the next best for value although you can still pick up a basic Kindle for less than £70.

So choose an e-reader online and use forward2me's secure international shipping to bring it to your door. Then you can have fun picking the latest bestsellers without having to cart a load of heavy books home. Enjoy!