When the Kindle Touch was first made available in the UK on Amazon.co.uk, it was advertised as being available from April 27. But the ereader is already being shown as “In stock” right now. You can get one delivered tomorrow, if you’re desperate.
The Kindle Touch is Amazon’s first touchscreen E Ink ebook reader, it costs £109 for the Wi-Fi version and you can order it now. The more expensive 3G version is also available for delivery tomorrow, if you fork out the extra cash for Amazon’s Express service.
Other than using a touchscreen rather than physical buttons, the Kindle Touch looks similar to its cheaper cousin, with a grey finish that underplays the greyish quality of E Ink screens. However, it’s heavier and chunkier than the £89 edition, at 220g against 166g. If you’re used to the lighter model, the Touch will seem significantly dumpier, but it’s still light enough to hold comfortably in one hand. Like the keyboard Kindle, the 3G edition will work across the world and comes with no additional cost beyond the initial £60 extra over the Wi-Fi only edition.
Recently, analysts have written that the traditional ereader market is in decline, and that Amazon is cutting back on production of its E Ink Kindles. However, a 2012 Kindle model is already being mentioned in the rumour mill. It reportedly features a “glow” lit screen that bathes the screen in cool light for night-time reading.