Amazon have officially rolled out distribution of the Kindle Touch across the world. Well almost… Ironically, parts of Europe are going to have to wait for the international roll out. Makes a change. How do you like being the last to get access to tech now UK, Germany, Italy and France? Huh? Enough gloating. It’s pretty exciting news for book lovers that Amazon’s Kindle Touch device is officially available here.
Kindle devices are purpose built for reading where iPads and similar tablet devices have reflective screens which make them difficult to read in some environments. Kindle however, uses e-ink which behaves like a book – read it in daylight without strain to the eyes. Buying a Kindle gives you access to Amazon’s library of, in their words, ‘Over 1 million books, newspapers, and magazines, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives, Audible audiobooks and more.’ Though they also say ’For non-U.S. customers, content availability varies.’ There are ways to get around this ‘shortcoming’ if you’re determined. Google is your friend.
* Holds 3000 books
* Advanced e-ink display
* The only e-reader with text-to-speech (reads to you), audiobooks and mp3 support.
* X-ray feature lets you look up characters, phrases and more
* Built-in WiFi lets you get books in 60 seconds
Currently the Kindle Touch is listed on Amazon as costing US$139. Be aware that there may be added customs duties to consider but Amazon say they’ll show you what these will be before you have to pay.
For more info, reviews and to order your legit Kindle Touch, head on over to Amazon’s Kindle Touch page.
Visit Simon Dingle’s How to Buy a Kindle page for some SA specific Kindle setup advice and tips.
When you have it in your hands give it some character and make your own Kindle cover for under R50.