For many (if not most) of us independent publishers, the Kindle is a key source of our revenue. This is why it’s always so exciting when there is a new Kindle available to buy, as it helps to further raise the profile and capabilities of e-readers, and (we hope!) will encourage more readers to buy one.
So it’s good news today as Amazon has announced that it is shipping out its new Kindle device to UK customers a week early. This is the Kindle Touch 3G, which has already been available for a while in America but it’s just making its debut over here in Britain as well as many other countries.
Amazon says that orders for this new Kindle have exceeded its expectations, so it looks like it is already pretty popular. It’s worth mentioning that the early shipping seems to only apply to the 3G version of the updated device, so if you’ve ordered the basic Wi-Fi model it should hopefully be with you in around a week.
As you’d expect, the Kindle Touch boasts the same great features that have made the devices so popular with readers already: the e-ink that lets you read even in bright light is still there, for instance. However, as the name suggests, the new device also incorporates innovative touch technology so you can turn pages and search for books more easily than ever before.
There has been a slight bit of controversy over the pricing of the Kindle Touch in the UK as it’s somewhat more expensive than it is in the US. One of the reasons for this, though, is that on the US version of the device, sponsor advertising pops up when you turn it off, which isn’t the case on the UK version.
Now we just need to get the Kindle Fire available to buy over here! It comes with full colour and loads more great features, so independent publishers should keep their fingers crossed that it makes the jump across the pond soon.