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Kindle Touch, Hitting the European Streets on April 27

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If you’re somewhere in Europe and waiting to grab your own Kindle Touch, then you’re in for good news. Almost six months after the electronic ink reader arrived at US stores, it’s finally set to land on the European shore. The reading device is set to be released on UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain on April 27. It’s available for pre-order now at Amazon for as low as $99.

Coming in two models, Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G, Amazon’s Kindle Touch is now available in 175 countries worldwide. Boasting an e-ink display, the e-reader’s 3G version allows users to connect on the Web without the need to hunt or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot. It can store thousands of books, easy to carry and has extra-long battery life.

Kindle Touch Features

Both Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G boasts the X-ray feature to help users explore the “bones of the books.” With a single tap, users can see all the passages on the e-book that talks about ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or any interesting topics. It also shows detailed book descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s community-based encyclopedia for book fanatics.

The feature was made possible with the help of the online retailer’s language processing and machine learning expertise, access to significant database, Amazon S3 and EC2 computing resources and a huge repository of book and character information.

In addition, Amazon’s e-reader also features “Read to Me,” a text-to-speech capability that can support MP3s and audiobooks. With the device’s built-in speakers, users can discover, download and listen to audiobooks read by authors, celebrities and world-renowned narrators.

Kindle owners can also have access to largest selection of popular books from the Kindle Store. It stores millions of books, including international bestsellers, newspapers and magazine. Furthermore, there are one million free books that users can download and read across multiple devices.

Because of its free Cloud backup, the device automatically backs up you library in the cloud, so there’s no need to worry about losing a copy. It also sports a “Buy Once, Read Everywhere” capability that let users read your e-book on other devices other than the Kindle like iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, PC, Mac and Android-based tablets. On the other hand, the Whispersync function synchronizes the last page read, its bookmarks and annotations on any e-readers, enabling Kindle owners to pick up where they left off.

 

The Kindle Touch units will arrive in Europe on April 27, and will be available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es and Amazon.it.

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