Amazon.com has introduced two new ebook readers to the UK: the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Touch 3G. Both have touch-controlled 6-inch screens and WiFi connectivity, while the 3G model also offers a free mobile connection. They’re available for pre-order and will be released on 27th April.
Dave Limp, vice president for Amazon Kindle, said “We’ve seen great excitement over our new line of Kindle e-readers and we’re thrilled to be able to offer Kindle Touch 3G to customers worldwide. Customers love the electronic ink display that reads like paper, with no glare, even in bright daylight, the unparalleled convenience of 3G for downloading books in less than 60 seconds, and with our new touch technology and a unique combination of features you won’t find anywhere else - Text-to-Speech and our new technologies EasyReach and X-ray - we’ve made it easier than ever to read and explore Kindle with one hand.”
Both devices will run for up to two months on a single battery charge and offer text-to-speech conversion. Pricing is £109 for the WiFi-only version and £169 for the 3G/WiFi version.
However, despite the launch of these new Kindle readers, there’s still no mention of UK availability for the Android-based Kindle Fire. This colour-screen multimedia tablet has been selling in the USA since November 2011.