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Kindle Touch

Simple-to-use touchscreen, with audio and built-in Wi-Fi
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Simple-to-use touchscreen, with audio and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
  • Reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight
  • Built in Wi-Fi - get books in 60 seconds
  • Sleek design - Only 213 grams, holds up to 3,000 books
  • EasyReach touch technology lets you read easily with one hand
  • New X-Ray feature lets you look up characters, historical figures, and interesting phrases.
  • Text-to-speech, audiobooks and mp3 support
  • Up to two month battery life

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At a Glance

 
Advanced E Ink Display
Kindle's high-contrast E Ink display delivers clear, crisp text and images.

Read in Bright Sunlight
Kindle's E Ink screen reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.

Simple To Use Touchscreen
Kindle Touch features an easy-to-use touch interface. Turn pages, search, shop books and take notes quickly and easily.

Holds Up To 3,000 Books
Keep your library with you wherever you go.

Light and Compact Design
Only 213 grams, with the same 15cm screen size. Lighter than a paperback and fits in your pocket.

Books in 60 seconds
Find a book and start reading in seconds with our fast, free wireless delivery.

Built-In Wi-Fi
Connect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the road.

Up to two Month Battery Life
No battery anxiety - read half an hour per day for up to two months on a single charge with wireless off.

NEW - EasyReach
Tap to turn pages - no need to swipe, so you can hold Kindle in either hand.

Simple to Use
Kindle is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content.

Adjustable Fonts
Read comfortably with eight different sizes and three font styles.

Fast Page Turns
Kindle Touch has a powerful processor tuned for fast, seamless page turns.

PDF and Personal Documents
Email personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle to read and annotate on-the-go.

Choose Your Language
You can set your language to French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese - including home and menu displays and dictionary support.
  Large Selection
Over one million books, newspapers, and magazines, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives and more.

Low Book Prices
We check hundreds of prices every day to make sure our prices are the lowest of any ebook store in the UK. Compare our book prices--you'll like what you find.

Free Books
More than one million free books, such as Pride and Prejudice and Treasure Island are available.

Read a sample for free
Sample a new author or book - download and read an extract of books for free.

NEW - X-Ray
Explore the "bones of a book". With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari.

New - Instant Translations
Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.

Read-to-Me
With Text-to-Speech, Kindle can read English-language content out loud to you, including summaries from your newspaper and magazine articles.

Buy Once, Read Everywhere
Kindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Windows Phone 7, Mac, or PC with our free Kindle Reading Apps.

Whispersync
Our Whispersync technology synchronises your last page read, bookmarks and annotations across your devices so you can always pick up where you left off.

Worry-Free Archive
Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are automatically backed up online in your Kindle library on Amazon. Re-download books wirelessly for free, anytime.

Built-in Dictionary with Instant Lookup
Seamlessly look up definitions without interrupting your reading. Dictionaries are available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese.
 

Technical Details

 
DisplayAmazon's 6" diagonal electronic paper display, optimised with proprietary waveform and font technology, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level grey scale.
Size172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm
Weight213 grams
System RequirementsNone, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content.
StorageUp to 3,000 books or 4 GB internal (approximately 3 GB available for user content).
Cloud StorageFree cloud storage for all Amazon content.
Battery LifeA single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. Keep wireless always on and it lasts for up to 3 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store, downloading content, and web browsing (browsing available only in Wi-Fi mode).
Charge TimeFully charges in approximately 4.5 hours via the included USB 2.0 cable connected to a computer. UK power adapter sold separately.
Wi-Fi ConnectivitySupports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS); Supports WPA and WPA2 secured networks using 802.1X authentication methods using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
USB PortUSB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Content Formats SupportedKindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
DocumentationQuick Start Guide (included in box) [PDF]; Kindle User's Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF].
Warranty and ServiceKindle is sold with a worldwide limited warranty of one year provided by the manufacturer. If you are a consumer, the limited warranty is in addition to your consumer rights, and does not jeopardise these rights in any way. This means you may still have additional rights at law even after the limited warranty has expired (for further information on your consumer rights, click here). Optional 3-year Extended Warranty available for UK customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use.
Included in the BoxKindle wireless reader, USB 2.0 cable, and Quick Start Guide.
Technical Details

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E Ink 101

 
If you're purchasing a device primarily for reading, an important consideration is the screen technology. Unlike devices with LCD screens, Kindle e-readers use the latest generation of Electronic Ink ("E Ink") technology – E Ink Pearl – designed specifically to deliver clearer, sharper text that makes reading for extended periods of time more comfortable. Here are some of the advantages to reading on an E Ink device:

Reads Like Real Paper, Even in Bright Sunlight
E Ink screens look and read just like real paper. Kindle e-readers' matte screens reflect light like ordinary paper and use no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Unlike LCD screens, E Ink screens have no glare.

Easy on the Eyes
E Ink uses actual ink particles to create crisp, print-like text similar to what you see in a physical book. And Kindle e-readers also use proprietary, hand-built fonts to take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters appear clear and sharp.
Less eye fatigue: Every time your eye switches from a bright screen to a dimmer, ambient room, your eyes have to adjust, which may result in fatigue. With E Ink, the page is the same brightness as everything else in the room so there's no adjustment needed.

Reduced glare: All E Ink surfaces are treated to be matte like a printed page, reducing glare and increasing legibility.

Read in any position: E Ink screens have a uniform contrast ratio that does not change with your viewing angle, so you can read in any position.

Sharp, clear text: E Ink screens have 100% aperture ratio, so there are no gaps between pixels. The blacks and whites on an E Ink screen are uniform, improving image quality.
Read with One Hand
Ranging from 170 grams to 247 grams, Kindle e-readers are lighter than most paperback books, and weigh half as much as many LCD tablet devices, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time.

Longer Battery Life
Electronic ink screens also have the advantage of significantly lower power consumption than LCD screens. E Ink screens do not require power to maintain a page of text, allowing you to read for up to two months on a single charge.

Detailed Features

 
Elegant, Easy-to-Use Design
Lose Yourself in Your Reading
The most elegant feature of a physical book is that it disappears while you're reading. Immersed in the author's world and ideas, you don't notice a book's glue, the stitching, or ink. Our top design objective is to make Kindle Touch disappear — just like a physical book — so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology.

Ergonomic Design
Kindle Touch is easy to hold and read. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle Touch has a new ergonomic design so it can be held comfortably however you choose to read.

Touch Controls and Virtual Keyboard
Kindle Touch features a full touchscreen display that puts page turns, navigation and note-taking at your fingertips. Tap unknown words to call up definitions in the dictionary, highlight sections of text to send to a friend, or search, shop and type with a virtual keyboard that appears on screen just when you need it and provides suggestions as you type.

New Touch Experience - EasyReach
Amazon invented a new type of touch experience that eliminates the fatigue caused by continuously swiping to turn the page, and that allows readers to hold Kindle with either hand while still turning pages comfortably. With EasyReach, Kindle Touch users can effortlessly page forward in a book or a newspaper while holding the device with either hand. Tapping on most of the screen area will turn the page forward, the most common action done when reading; tapping in a narrow area near the left edge of the device turns to the previous page; and tapping on the top part of the screen brings up the toolbars for further options. This is another way that Kindle helps readers get lost in the author's world.

Never Gets Hot
Unlike a laptop, Kindle Touch never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like.

Wireless Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi
Kindle Touch automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks at school, home, or your favorite café. At a hotel or café that requires a password? Simply enter the password and connect to the network. Once you have added a Wi-Fi network, Kindle Touch will automatically connect to that network the next time you’re near the hotspot.

Reading on Kindle
Adjustable Text Size
Kindle Touch has eight adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. You can increase the text size of your favourite book, newspaper or magazine with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably. Kindle Touch also has three font styles to choose from – all optimised and hand-tuned to provide the best reading experience.

Custom Fonts
Kindle Touch uses hand-built, custom fonts and font-hinting to make words and letters more crisp, clear, and natural-looking. Font hints are instructions, written as code, that control points on a font character's line, improving legibility at small font sizes where few pixels are available. Hinting is a mix of aesthetic judgments and complicated technical strategies. We've designed our proprietary font-hinting to optimise specifically for the special characteristics of electronic ink.

Fast Page Turns
Kindle Touch has fast page turns. We’ve done this by fine-tuning Kindle Touch’s proprietary waveform, the series of electronic pulses that move black and white electronic ink particles to achieve an optimal display of images and text.

Rotate Between Portrait and Landscape Mode
Switch between portrait and landscape orientation to read maps, graphs and tables more easily.

Support for Non-Latin Characters
Kindle Touch supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in the translation that’s right for you. Kindle displays Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters, in addition to Latin and Greek scripts.

Full Image Zoom
Images and photos display crisply on Kindle Touch and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen.

Real Page Numbers
Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class with real page numbers. Using the computing fabric of Amazon Web Services, we've created algorithms that match specific text in a Kindle book to the corresponding text in a print book, to identify the correct, "real" page number to display. Available on tens of thousands of our most popular Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions. Page numbers are displayed when you push the menu button.

Carry and Read Your Personal Documents
Kindle Touch makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. You and your approved contacts can e-mail documents – including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. Your personal documents will be stored in your Kindle library on Amazon and ready to download conveniently anywhere at any time. You can add notes, highlights and bookmarks, which are automatically synchronized across devices along with the last page you read using our Whispersync technology.

You can read your PDFs in their native format and convert them to the Kindle format so that it reflows like a regular Kindle book. Learn More

Dictionary and Search
Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup
Come across a word you don't know? Kindle Touch includes The New Oxford English Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Kindle Touch lets you instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book – simply touch and hold the word you want to check and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen.

Search Wikipedia and the Web
Kindle Touch makes it easy to find what you're looking for. Just enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search.

X-Ray
For Kindle Touch, Amazon invented X-Ray - a new feature that lets customers explore the “bones of the book.” With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers.

Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.

Notes and Sharing
Bookmarks and Annotations
Add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book, with a virtual keyboard that appears just when you need it. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes. You can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use. You'll never need to bookmark your last place in the book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last page you read.

Popular Highlights
See what millions of Kindle readers think are the most interesting passages in your books. If several other readers have highlighted a particular passage, then that passage will be highlighted in your book along with the total number of people who have highlighted it. View Details

Share Meaningful Passages
Share your passion for books and reading with friends, family, and other readers around the world by posting meaningful passages to social networks like Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle, without leaving the page. Want to post or tweet about a great new novel or newspaper article? When you highlight or create a note in your book or periodical, you can easily share it with your social network. Help your network of family and friends discover new authors and books.

Public Notes
Share your notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books. Any Kindle user – including authors, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere – can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community. Learn More

Customise Your Kindle
Choose Your Language
You can customise your Kindle with the language you prefer. You can set your default language on Kindle to English (U.S. and U.K.), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese.

Organise Your Library
Organise your Kindle library into customised collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organising and finding titles even easier. For example, you can add the same book to your "History" and "My Favourite Authors" collections.

Password Protection
With password protection functionality, you can choose to lock your Kindle automatically when not in use.
The Kindle Store
Access the Kindle Store wirelessly right from your Kindle Touch – search and shop the world’s largest selection of books that people want to read, plus magazines, newspapers and blogs. We auto-deliver all your purchases in seconds – simply search, buy, and you’re ready to read.

Personalised Recommendations
Kindle Touch makes it easy to discover new titles with recommendations personalised just for you. Kindle uses the same personalised customer experience you're used to across Amazon.co.uk, matching our best recommendations to your personal reading habits.

Huge Selection, Low Prices
With the biggest selection of any ebook store in the UK, you can shop more than 1 million books, including bestsellers and new releases, UK and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Over 1 million free books, such as Pride and Prejudice and Treasure Island, are also available.

Our vision for Kindle is to have every book ever written, in every language, available in 60 seconds from anywhere on earth.

Newspapers & Magazines
Shop and subscribe to your favourite magazines and newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, and The Economist. New editions are auto-delivered wirelessly direct to your device the second they go on sale.

Experimental Features
WebKit-Based Browser
Kindle's experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It's easy to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle Touch. Experimental web browsing is free.

Read-to-Me
With the Text-to-Speech feature turned on, Kindle Touch can read English newspapers, magazines, blogs and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great story or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go.

Listen to Music and Podcasts
Transfer MP3 files to Kindle Touch to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle Touch to your computer.

E Ink fonts are sharp and clear like real paper.
E Ink fonts are sharp and clear like real paper





Shop the Kindle Store, direct from your device
Shop the Kindle Store, direct from your device
Choose from eight adjustable text sizes and three font styles
Choose from eight adjustable text sizes and three font styles
Look up words with built-in dictionary
Look up words with built-in dictionary
Touchscreen keyboard
Touchscreen keyboard
Kit out your Kindle from our broad selection of accessories
Kit out your Kindle from our broad selection of accessories

Kindle Store

 
 
Bestsellers
 
Free Classics
 
Newspapers
 
Magazines
   

Kindle Accessories

 
 
Recommended
 
Covers
 
Sleeves
 
Skins
 
Reading lights
 
Power adapters
   

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2,373 of 2,406 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review of the Kindle Touch 23 April 2012
By Crafty Marie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've been a Kindle owner since the very old and chunky Kindle 2 device. Here's my personal pros and cons on the new Kindle Touch:

PROS ON THE KINDLE TOUCH:

1) Smaller and lighter than my previous Kindle Keyboard model. Dispensing with the physical keyboard and using an on-screen keyboard has saved a lot of space. This makes it nice and light to hold and also it's now small enough to fit into most of my handbags too.

2) The touch aspect is very responsive which is both good and bad. It's ever so easy to turn pages with a very light press on the right side for moving on a page or left for moving back. You can also swipe to turn pages too which again is very easy. I love the fact that Amazon have added up and down swiping while reading which means you can move to the next or previous chapter very quickly - if chapter markers have been added by the publishers in the book.

3) Using a touch screen is probably more intuitive for most people who are used to tablets and touch screen gadgets. It's great to be able to simply touch a word and you get your dictionary definition rather than having to navigate down to a word using buttons and then select it which is tedious.

4) I was very concerned about fingerprints over the reading screen but I've been pleasantly suprised with that. You do get fingerprints but they are admittedly very difficult to see on the matt finished screen unless you look closely. So hopefully that shouldn't put you off if fingerprints are a worry.

5) The text is clear and easy to read with lots of options of changing the size of the text and a few options on the font - just the same as with the Kindle Keyboard model.
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779 of 798 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you new to Kindle? 21 May 2012
By N. J. H. TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Up to this point I was completely against Kindle's for a number of reasons of which I'll discuss in the hopes to reassure people like me that the Kindle is the way forward. First of all let me tell you why I chose the Kindle Touch. For me, Kindle Touch seemed the most inviting because I was used to Touch screen but I was still a little worried about it's features. So here's what I was worried about and what I found out:

1. I was worried about the sensitivity of the touch screen: The Touch IS sensitive but in a great way - it takes only a very light tap or brush of the finger to turn the page. Additionally there are features which mean that if you press a certain area of the "page" or screen you can go forward, backwards or bring up some further options (like adding annotations or going to a specific page). In comparison to other touch screens, like the iphone let's say, it's less sensitive in my opinion. In particular, if you wanted to scroll down the page of a website (because yes, you can use the internet too) this is bit less sensitive and also, it can take a second or two to refresh the page that you're scrolling down to because of the E-ink mechanism.

2. What would this E-Ink mechanism actually mean for my reading experience?: Well E-ink to be honest just looks like any other reading format, the difference you'll notice is that when you change the page the screen refreshes almost instantly OR it will flash. Now this flashing can happen after every page if you set your Kindle to refresh it's E-ink after each page. Why would you want to do that? Well some people have noticed some sort of "ghosting" which essentially means you can still very faintly see the words from the previous page.
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295 of 305 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Absolutely delighted. 12 Jun 2012
By Sarah
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I wasn't immediately keen on the idea of the Amazon Kindle as I thought I would lose some of the enjoyment of the reading experience - I suppose I thought it would be like reading from a standard computer screen. That was until I had a look at my mum's Kindle and from the moment I started reading I knew I had to have one!

I ordered the Touch, as for £20 more you get a more slimline product, and I am delighted with it.

It is light, attractive and comfortable to hold;

The screen is responsive, but not excessively so;

It is nicer to read than paper. I activated the 'refresh e-ink after every page turn' feature to avoid the ghost writing that people have warned of and have not found it to be a problem whatsoever;

It is simple to shop for books using the Touch screen, and downloads take less than a minute to appear on your Kindle;

It has superb features such as the 'x-ray' which, if the book you're reading is enabled, allows you to 'dig deeper' into the story. Such a good feature! I also love the automatic bookmark, the option to highlight text and save quotes in a 'cuttings' file;

When you touch a word with which you are unfamiliar or do not understand the meaning of, the Oxford definition comes up. This has enhanced my reading experience immeasurably;

The screensavers are very nice and enhance the product and my enjoyment of it - they have an artsy feel, which I love;

The thing I love most is this: when you're lying down and reading it is so comfortable. I used to like the idea of relaxing with a good book, but trying to read the words which had been printed too close to the binding, folding back pages and then losing my place, bulkiness, heaviness...
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