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Amazon has finally made its Kindle Touch available in the UK — five months after it went on sale in the US. Amazon's announcement that it became available a week earlier than originally planned is unlikely to impress those who'd have liked the opportunity to buy it sooner.
Nonetheless, the Kindle Touch is now available to buy, and there are two versions: with Wi-Fi and 3G it costs £169 (inc. VAT), while the Wi-Fi-only model costs £109. This makes it more expensive than the £89 Kindle, while the older keyboard-equipped device sits between the two new Kindle Touch models at £149.
The touchscreen allows you to press, sweep and pinch in order to interact with your e-book reading. There's just one physical button beneath the screen, which takes you 'home' to the main screen listing all your purchases.
When reading a book, you tap a large central area to go forward a page, or a smaller area on the left to go back a page. Tapping at the top of the screen calls up a menu. Meanwhile, a sweep up or down takes you forward and back a whole chapter, while pinching gives you access to font sizes. An on-screen keyboard can be tapped when you need to find books or search within them.