April UK launch for Kindle Touch

April UK launch for Kindle Touch

The Kindle Touch 3G is to be made available in the UK from 27th April as part of a major launch by Amazon across 175 territories. Pre-orders for the device are available from today (28th March).

The wifi-enabled Kindle Touch will be priced at £109, with the Kindle Touch 3G, which allows for free global downloads without need for wifi, at £169.

Both touchscreen devices include new feature X-Ray, which enables readers to see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, characters, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari. Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G also come with speakers.

Dave Limp, Amazon Kindle vice-president, 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." The device will be available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and a choice of American or British English.

The e-tailer announced that the Kindle Store now contains over one million books, as well as a further million free titles.

In a statement on the Amazon.co.uk homepage, founder and c.e.o. Jeff Bezos said the e-tailer had added "over 340,000 titles" to the Kindle store in the last six months and that "Our vision is to have every book ever written, in any language, and all available in under 60 seconds."