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Amazon Kindle Touch – what you need to know

Ereader fans everywhere, rejoice! Amazon has announced that it is releasing its Kindle Touch a week ahead of schedule – unleashing the ereader on 21 April.

The touchscreen device was originally scheduled for a European release on 27 April, but was brought forward due to popular demand.

“Orders from customers worldwide for our new line of electronic ink Kindles have exceeded our expectations,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Kindle EU.

“We know that UK customers are eager to get their hands on these new Kindles, which is why we’re delighted to be able to ship several days earlier than we planned.”

It’s good news for Kindle fans, who have seen our friends in the States enjoy their touch-enabled ereader for a whole five months. So what do you need to know about the Kindle Touch?

Amazon Kindle Touch price

The Kindle Touch can be bought directly from Amazon, as well as a number of other retails, and will set you back £109 for the Wi-Fi version or £169 for the 3G device.

But in true tech company style, Amazon is giving us Brits a tough time compared to the Americans. In the US, the Kindle Touch 3G will set you back $149, around £92. We’re not sure what exchange rate Amazon is using, but it looks like the same one Apple uses for its pricing.

Amazon Kindle Touch specs

But unfair pricing aside, the Kindle Touch is a decent ereader that delivers enough extra features to justify the price tag.

Weighing slightly more than the standard Kindle, at 70g, the Kindle Touch’s screen is kept the same at six inches. There is also the ‘X-ray’ feature, which lets users view the key themes of any given page of an eBook and compare them to overall themes in the book, as well as linking to Wikipedia.

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