The $99 Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi touchscreen eReader was announced in late September as a pre-order item along with Amazon’s first tablet, the 7 inch Kindle Fire, a $79 Kindle Wi-Fi eReader and $149 Kindle Touch 3G eReader. Amazon’s first attempt at touchscreen technology in an e-reader format, the Kindle Touch Wi-Fi edition delivers special offers and coupons on the home screen and screen savers, but never inside the content of books, magazines or newspapers. All this is pretty much common knowledge at this point, however, many tech consumers do not realize the Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi eReader also presents some unique audio features as well.
If you tire of tapping the screen to turn your pages, or if your eyes are weary, you can employ the audio feature of the Kindle Touch which actually reads e-books, magazines, newspapers and even online content to you. When online, simply highlight the area you intend to listen to, and access the read aloud feature from the menu. This e-book and content reading feature also provides a hands-free experience, as well as one that is easy on the eyes.
The Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi eReader also allows for playing of music in the background while you’re reading an e-book, magazine, newspaper or other online content. These audio features were not widely advertised by Amazon. Amazon has been intent to drive home the fact that they released the first sub $100 touchscreen eReader with Internet access through Wi-Fi capability. Amazon has also been quick to point out that the new Kindle Touch is 8% lighter and 11% smaller than the Kindle 3 Wi-Fi, yet employs the same 6 inch E-Ink Pearl screen that Amazon initially introduced to the eReader marketplace which allows for viewing in bright light and outdoor situations.
The Kindle Touch can also carry a battery charge for up to 60 days, and holds up to 3,000 e-books. For those voracious readers who need more storage space than that, Amazon is offering free Cloud storage for all Amazon content. The Kindle Touch measures 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.40 inches, and weighs 7.50 ounces. The 6 inch touchscreen supports multitouch gestures for page turning, navigation and even note taking, and whenever you enter an application or situation where you have the option of entering text, a virtual keyboard appears on the screen. Wi-Fi access on the Kindle Touch is free, and requires no contractual obligation with Amazon. Learn more about the new Kindle Touch, Kindle 2011 Wi-Fi, and Kindle Fire here.