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Amazon Kindle Touch UK Release Date and Price Confirmed

Andrew Williams


Amazon Kindle Touch UK Release Date and Price Confirmed

Amazon has confirmed that the Kindle Touch - released in the US last year - will finally come to the UK next month. The touchscreen E Ink ereader will be available from 27 April, and starts at £109.

As great as Amazon's Kindle ereaders have been over the years, getting hold of one is often frustrating for UK folk. The Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire, a colour LCD tablet, were released in November 2011 in the US, and the former has only just been announced for the UK. The Wi-Fi only and 3G Kindle Touch models will be available from 27 April, and can be pre-ordered now from the Amazon website.

Kindle Touch

The Kindle Touch makes few innovations in the ereader scene. Its E Ink touchscreen offers multi-touch support, but then so do the Sony PRS-T1 and Booken Cybook Odyssey. Its screen is the same size and resolution as the non-touch Kindle, 6in and 800 x 600, and the book store works just as it did in the former Kindle models. However, Amazon's ereaders don't tend to be great because they offer stunning innovation, but because they get the basics just right.

The touchscreen model ditches the page turn buttons of the 2011 Kindle, in favour of what Amazon calls EasyReach. This turns pages with a single tap - rather than a swipe - making it easier to hold and use one-handed. The one other new feature is X-ray. This lets you look up more information on people and event featured in books bought from the Kindle bookstore.

Kindle touch back

This new model is a little bit heavier than the non-touch Kindle, 213g against 166g, but should be light enough to hold comfortably one-handed. It also brings back several features hacked off the 2011 model, though, such as MP3 support and the text-to-speech voice synthesiser.

The best bit is we're not getting done over on price this time. At £109 for the Wi-Fi only version, the cost is in-line with the non-subsidised $139 of the US model. The 3G edition makes a return with the Touch edition too, at £169.


March 28, 2012, 5:30 pm

The Wi-Fi model cost may be in line the US pricing, however the 3G certainly isn't:

US$189 ≈ £119, add 20% UK VAT making it £142.80

Sold for £169 here, that's 18% more after tax.


March 29, 2012, 12:23 am

If you know anyone going to the states get the ad subsidised wifi one for £62.44. that's over a 40% reduction :-)


March 29, 2012, 2:36 am

I bought the 3G touch when I was in NY in December. It's awesome, x-ray alone is worth the price of the device


March 29, 2012, 1:56 pm

A good point. I have the ad subsidised one and you don't notice them at all. It's not even a minor inconvenience and it's a massive saving

Brian Carter

March 29, 2012, 3:03 pm

The 3g versions hold less appeal now that they've removed the 3g web browsing capability. I thought it would be convenient when abroad to be able to do a little browsing (not a great environment on eInk but useful for getting some key info). But web browsing is wifi only (not surprising given the costs etc. but annoying none the less). Which leaves me thinking that the standard touch is all I need - a good book with a convenient page turn (I'm right handed so the my thumb will be nicely resting on the 'next page' button).

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