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Amazon Announces Kindle Touch

by Sean P. Aune | September 28, 2011September 28, 2011 7:27 am PDT

Kindle TouchAmazon introduced a new member to its popular Kindle e-reader series today: the Kindle Touch.

The new Kindle Touch keeps the e-ink display that has made the entire Kindle line such a success, but as opposed to the traditional system of having a keyboard and navigation buttons on the side, this one uses a touchscreen interface for all of your interaction with the device.  You’ll be able to tap the left side of the screen to go to the previous page, the middle of the page will give you a menu and the right side will turn to the next page of whatever you happen to be reading.

In addition to the easier navigation, thanks to a partnership with Wikipedia, the Kindle Touch will allow you to look up information about different facts in the book instantaneously due to the info being downloaded with your purchase.  The new feature is called X-Ray and should add a whole new layer to your reading enjoyment.

The Kindle Touch will sell for $99.  If you want to go for 3G connectivity, the Kindle Touch 3G will run $149, but that extra $50 will get you a lifetime of 3G service in 100 different countries.  Pre-orders start today with shipments commencing on November 21.

Kindle Touch Specs

  • 6-inch e-ink display
  • 7.5 ounces
  • 4GB of internal memory, 3GB usable by owner, holds up to 3,000 books
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 3G on second model
  • Two-month battery life
  • X-Ray feature
  • Supports Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
  • $99 for Wi-Fi, $149 for 3G
  • If you choose to pass on the advertising on the Kindle Touch, the prices go to $139 for Wi-Fi  and $189 for the 3G version.

 


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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