New Kindles hit Australia a week early


news Amazon has announced that its new Kindle Touch e-reader devices would start shipping to customers in over 175 countries and territories worldwide (including Australia) seven days earlier than the previously announced shipping date of April 27.

The Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G commenced shipping to customers April 20 onwards from,,, and, and to Australia from The company’s press release stated that Kindle Touch 3G orders were being fulfilled in the order that they were received.

Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle said that orders from customers worldwide for the new line of electronic ink Kindles had exceeded expectations. He said: “We know that customers are eager to get their hands on our newest Kindle which is why we’re delighted to be able to ship several days earlier than we planned.”

Kindle Touch is the latest addition to the Kindle family. It is a full-featured e-reader with an electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight, with no glare. The device has fast page turns, search and shop options for content, and also takes notes. It eliminates battery worries with “an extra-long two month battery life.”

The Kindle Touch 3G is a top of the line e-reader offering the same design and features as Kindle Touch, with the added convenience of free 3G wireless to download books. The in-built Wi-Fi in the latest Kindle version guarantees connection to Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere in the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there are no monthly fees or annual contracts.

Lightweight and compact, the Kindle Touch 3G holds up to 3,000 e-books. Free cloud storage is offered for all Amazon content downloaded on the Kindle Touch 3G – books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music, apps and games. Basic web browsing can also be done on the Kindle.

Buyers will have access to over one million books in the Kindle Store, including international bestsellers, newspapers and magazines. Apart from the Kindle itself, the ebooks can be read on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, PC, Mac and Android-based devices. A touch screen is used to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes. The Kindle Touch 3G comes bundled with an X-Ray feature that allows readers to read the “bones of a book” before purchasing it. A single tap is all that is required to trigger EasyReach, the page-turning feature of the device, and the X-Ray feature to explore the pertinent sections of the book.

The media release stated that customers could purchase Kindle Touch 3G online and from select retailers worldwide. Additional information about Kindle Touch 3G is available online.

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  1. which kindle has text to voice capabilities? and how good or bad is this function , i wish to purchase this type of kindle but have not seen any comments as to the battery life if used only in this setting, or the voice choice, is it robotic and irritating or more human like?

    • My Kindle Keyboard 3G has it. It does a reasonable job for a text to speach software. I didn’t take notice of the battery life. It’s robotic but seems to not just run words together and pauses nicely for punctuation. It is also pretty good at pronouncing words. iNot something I would use rather than read unless I had to, but I’ve heard worse. Voice choice, I can’t remember, I think it was like pitch control. I never used it for other than to try it out.

    • Just checked Amazon, seems they all have “read to me” other than the bottom of the line Kindle. Touch and Keyboard and DX have voice. I noticed mine has free 3G web browsing too. Not sure if there is a data limit as I never hit any.

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