Kindle Touch gets early release in UK and Germany

Amazon is now shipping preorders for its Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G in both the UK and Germany, a week ahead of schedule. While eager e-reader... readers in the likes of France, Italy and Spain have to wait a little longer, Germans and Brits can expect their orders to arrive starting tomorrow, with stock also available in bricks-and-mortar options including John Lewis, Dixons, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, Currys, PC World and Tesco. Alas, there's still no news of a Eurozone arrival date for the Kindle Fire. We assume our European readers are still willing to wait, right?

Update: Amazon has contacted us stating that the devices have actually "started shipping to customers in France, Italy and Spain from the respective sites (Amazon.fr, .it and .es), as well as the UK and DE."


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Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G Available Starting Tomorrow, Seven Days Early

Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are the most full-featured e-readers available

Kindle Touch 3G is the top-of-the-line e-reader with free 3G wireless –

no monthly fees or annual contracts, never pay for or hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot

Luxembourg – April 20, 2012 – (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.co.uk today announced it is now shipping Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G to customers across the UK, seven days earlier than the previously announced April 27 availability date. Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are Amazon's most full-featured e-readers. Kindle Touch 3G is the top-of-the-line e-reader and offers the same new design and features as Kindle Touch, plus the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G wireless. To learn more about Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G, visit www.amazon.co.uk/kindletouch and www.amazon.co.uk/kindletouch3G.

"Orders from customers worldwide for our new line of electronic ink Kindles have exceeded our expectations," said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president, Kindle EU "Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are the most full-featured e-readers available with a beautiful, latest-generation electronic ink display, fast page turns and long, two month battery life. 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."

Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G orders are fulfilled in the order they were received. Customers can purchase Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G at www.amazon.co.uk/kindletouch and www.amazon.co.uk/kindletouch3G and from UK retailers including John Lewis, Dixons, Argos, Carphone Warehouse, Currys, PC World, Staples and Tesco.

"We are delighted to offer our customers an expanded range of Kindles with the introduction of Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G," said Adam Brown, telecoms manager at John Lewis. "Kindle was a must-have product for John Lewis customers at Christmas and we think this popularity will continue as the summer months approach. Ultra-portable with a no glare e-ink screen, long battery life and with access to all your favourite holiday reads, plus the optional added convenience of free 3G wireless, Kindle is the perfect travel companion. Now with a responsive touch screen it will be easier than ever to navigate through your portable library."

Mark Slater, Category Director at Dixons Retail comments: "The new Kindle Touch is a great product; Amazon's EasyReach touch technology makes it a lot easier to turn pages and search for books. The multi-touch screen also makes it convenient to read books with one hand – perfect for crowded tube journeys. It is so simple to use and sells for a fantastic, competitive price, so we're sure the Kindle Touch will be a popular choice for e-reader fans."

Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop for content, and take notes – still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display which reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight, with no glare. Kindle Touch is lighter and smaller than previous generation Kindles, eliminates battery anxiety with an extra-long two month battery life and holds up to 3,000 books. Kindle Touch 3G is for readers who want the top-of-the-line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch – it's small and light with an easy-to-use touch screen, has storage for thousands of books, and an extra-long battery life - with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle's free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there are no monthly fees or annual contracts.