Amazon Kindle Touch: Amazon has virtually created the eReader market with their line of Kindle eReaders. EReaders existed before the arrival of the Kindle, but Amazon was the first company to make them affordable to the average consumer, and back them up with a digital marketplace offering millions of titles, apps and games. So it was sort of odd when their two top competitors, Barnes and Noble and Kobo, both released a touch screen activated eReader before Amazon did. Immediately after their release, each company took over the top spot in eReader sales and popularity for a very short time. That is absolute heresy to Amazon, and they quickly rectified the situation by releasing the Kindle Touch Wi-Fi and Kindle Touch 3G eReaders.
The Kindle Touch Wi-Fi only edition retails for $99 and the Kindle Touch 3G with Wi-Fi retails for $149. Sometimes allowing your competition to release a device first pays off. In this case, Amazon was able to undercut the retail price of their two top competitors while still offering a similar device. Amazon recently announced a Library Lending program in conjunction with the release of the Kindle Touch eReader devices. Kindle Touch owners can access and “check out” books from participating libraries in their city from the comfort of their living room.
Buy the Kindle Touch starting at $99
Amazon also offers free lifetime Cloud Storage of all Amazon content, giving the Kindle Touch eReaders basically limitless access and storage capabilities. And Amazon continues to make their Kindle eReaders more portable, as they designed the Kindle Touch to be 11% smaller and 8% lighter than the previous Kindle, without sacrificing any screen size. The same 6 inch E ink Pearl technology display is present, and the new Amazon Kindle Touch measures 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.40 inches in size.
The Amazon Kindle Touch Wi-Fi only weighs 7.5 ounces, while the 3G plus Wi-Fi version weighs 7.8 ounces. Both devices can hold a single battery charge for up to 60 days at a usage level of 30 minutes of reading per day with Wi-Fi off. Both versions can hold up to 3,000 e-books at a time. Built-in free Wi-Fi access is available on both models, and the 3G version can access the global 3G network without a service contract of any kind. The Kindle Touch eReader is the only current eReader with text-to-speech capability, audiobooks and MP3s support. And the new X-Ray technology lets you look up characters, historical figures, and interesting phrases without losing your place or interrupting your reading. Buy the Kindle Touch starting at $99.