Wednesday, 28 September 2011

New Amazon Kindles! Oh, The Shiny Ones Are Only In The US...

Amazon have unveiled their four (yup, FOUR) new versions of their hit e-reader the Amazon Kindle, and each model is remarkably attractive. The regular Kindle has had a makeover and is now a much more sleek device, while the new Touch and Touch 3G offer Multitouch and the best e-ink displays yet. The Kindle Fire is the device that a lot of people have been waiting for the most, with its colour display, the ability to play TV shows and films, games and apps as well as reading magazines and books as before. 

The part I find most interesting though is Amazon's own browser, Amazon Silk, which I'm hearing very good things about. With fast processors and the option of cloud storage, it's going to be interesting to see how this tablet is received and how it evolves in the years to come.

Sadly, while these four new Kindles are soon to be available across America, only the low-end basic Kindle is available to the rest of us. I understand that the units will eventually find their way to the UK and elsewhere in the World That Isn't America (hey there USA! Remember us?), but in the meantime we are out of the loop.

This is irksome for those of us who would like to have a play with the new gadgets, but it's also annoying in the sense that one territory is not an accurate gauge of how an item will sell elsewhere. Why not roll them out worldwide, albeit in smaller numbers outside of US territories? Ah, who am I yelling at? I just want to play with the new toys, and see what my books look like on the new screens.

Incidentally, feel free to let me know!

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