Online retail giant Amazon has revealed that its previously US exclusive touchscreen eReader has begun shipping in the UK a week ahead of its previously planned April 27th Amazon Kindle Touch UK release date.
Expanding its UK offering of market dominating eReaders, the Amazon Kindle Touch and Amazon Kindle Touch 3G were last month confirmed as heading to British markets on April 27th with the online retailer turn hardware manufacturer today announcing pre-orders of the touchscreen devices will be fulfilled earlier than originally planned.
“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,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Kindle, Amazon EU.
Speaking last month at the device’s confirmed UK release plans Van der Meulen stated: “We continue to see that people read more with Kindle—readers in the UK buy an average of 4 times the number of books they purchased prior to owning a Kindle. With the launch of Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G we expect to see this reading renaissance continue.”
Despite outing the upcoming Amazon Kindle Touch UK arrival, Amazon has failed to offer any indication as to when UK consumers can expect to get their mitts on the company’s first tablet device, the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Amazon Kindle Touch UK Release Date and Price
Previously confirmed as heading to the UK on April 27th, pre-orders of the Amazon Kindle Touch and Touch 3G will be shipped from today with new orders of the device which joins the current Kindle offerings to follow immediately after.
Available from Amazon.co.uk the Amazon Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G will set wannabe owners back £109 and £169 respectively with the latter allowing for eBook searches and downloads on the move.
Amazon Kindle Touch Features
Allowing users to comfortably hold the device in either hand, the Amazon Kindle Touch weighs in at just 213grams (the 3G model at 220grams) with a simple tap of the 6-inch touchscreen display changing the page with minimal fuss or traditional fiddly swiping motions.
Capable of storing up to 3,000 eBooks at any one time, the Kindle Touch boasts Wi-Fi connectivity for simply downloads with the company’s ‘X-ray’ feature allowing users to get an overview of the book’s key features from the library menu.
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