A brief guide to e-readers – from downloaded classics you'll never read, to accessing ePub and turning off Popular Highlightsl
■ You will download dozens of free classics that you will never read. That copy of War and Peace you started so enthusiastically on Boxing Day is destined to remain 2% completed.
■ After a close encounter with the pavement you will spend an inordinate amount of time researching e-reader cases. Is the leather-bound cover designed to look like a first edition of Pride and Prejudice adorable or desperately twee?
■ You will Google "can I read Kindle books on a Nook?" or "how to read ePub books on my Kindle".
■ You will make multiple impulse buys while listening to Radio 4.
■ Ebooks over £5.99 will seem really expensive. Sure, you get that you're paying for the words, the editing and so on. But, well, it's still not a real book, is it?
■ You will soon realise that most ebooks under £1.99 are rubbish, especially when by an author you've never heard of.
■ You will feel a twinge of guilt when you read of the demise of independent bookshops.
■ You will discover that some books just don't work on an e-reader. Thinking of downloading Christmas smash hit Letters of Note? Don't bother: you'll end up envying your relative's nicely designed hardback.
■ You will become an expert on the book industry. Hey, wouldn't it make sense for publishers to give away the e-copy with the print version?
■ You will accidentally turn on Popular Highlights and wonder why on earth anyone would want to see what strangers had underlined.
■ You will rejoin your local library so you can borrow ebooks, then give up when you realise how complicated it is.
■ You will read more than you've read in your life – until the novelty wears off, anyway