Amazon Kindle Touch
3:37

Amazon Kindle Touch

E-readers
I'm John Falcone, Executive Editor at CNET, and this is the Amazon Kindle Touch. Amazon was a pioneer in the e-book reader field, but this is the company's first touchscreen E-Ink model. It's got the exact same 6-inch Pearl E-Ink touchscreen found on rivals like Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch and the current Sony Reader models, but the Kindle Touch has some important distinctions. First off, Amazon store is, in our opinion, the best e-book store on the web, and the Kindle Touch gives you direct access to that store via Wi-Fi or, on some models, free 3G wireless. So you can browse and buy books, magazines, and newspapers at your leisure. Another Amazon advantage is Amazon Prime. It costs $79 per year, but that entails you to free shipping and thousands of free videos on other devices. On the Kindle Touch, Amazon Prime membership grants you access to the Kindle Owner's Lending Library, which lets you read thousands of e-books for free with a limit of one new title per month. That's in addition to support for borrowing e-books from your local library, another feature that's now supported on the Kindle. The Kindle Touch is also one of the few E-Ink readers to support audio. In addition to playing mp3's and audible audio books, the Kindle Touch also offers text to speech on many books, so you can have the book read to you. You can listen over the built-in speakers or connect to your headphones. Beyond those extra features, the Kindle Touch is a great E-Ink reader. Unlike LCD readers, there's no glare and the screen offers the look and feel that's very close to that of the printed page. Texts sizes are adjustable and page turns are faster and more responsive than that on Kindles of years past. Using the touchscreen is simple and intuitive and you can tap on anywhere to get a dictionary definition, highlight texts, make a note, or share passages on social media networks. Except for the home and standby keys, there are no physical buttons. You just swipe or tap the screen to go forward or back. If you keep the wireless turned off, the battery lasts for weeks. The Kindle stores hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers and everything you could buy is stored in a Cloud as well so you can access your e-books through Kindle apps on other tablets and smartphones, and you'll never run out of space. At around 7.5 ounces, the Kindle Touch is basically the same weight as the Nook Simple Touch. If you want an even lighter model, you can opt for the stepdown Kindle, which tips the scales at under 6 ounces, but it doesn't have a touchscreen. Perhaps the biggest advantage of the Kindle Touch is its price. It starts at $99 for the ad-supported Wi-Fi version and $149 for the ad-supported 3G version. I found the special offer ads to actually be pretty useful with everything from discount e-books to local merchant offers. If you don't, you can upgrade to an ad-free version of either model for an extra $40 after the fact. The worst thing we can say about the Touch is that its accessories cost extra. You'll probably want to invest in a case and even the AC adaptor will cost you $10; though any USB port or cellphone charger should use it up just fine. In the final analysis, the Kindle Touch is a world-class E-Ink reader that includes some useful audio features at no extra cost. It's a steal at $99 and an enthusiastic editor's choice. I'm John Falcone, and this is the Kindle Touch.

Up Next

E Ink Tablets: Everything You Need to Know
eink-website

Up Next

E Ink Tablets: Everything You Need to Know

Huawei Debuts MatePad Paper
mate-pad-cnet-image

Huawei Debuts MatePad Paper

Kindle Paperwhite gets waterproof redesign, adds Bluetooth and more storage
fl-amazon-kindle-paperwhite-thumb

Kindle Paperwhite gets waterproof redesign, adds Bluetooth and more storage

Big-screen Kindle Oasis costs less, does more
kindleoasis17

Big-screen Kindle Oasis costs less, does more

Kobo Aura One: The waterproof e-reader that's as big as an iPad
flkoboauraone0.jpg

Kobo Aura One: The waterproof e-reader that's as big as an iPad

Amazon's cheapest Kindle trims down, adds Bluetooth feature
kindle2016.jpg

Amazon's cheapest Kindle trims down, adds Bluetooth feature

Amazon Kindle Oasis hands-on: This is the best-looking and most expensive Kindle yet
kindleoasis.jpg

Amazon Kindle Oasis hands-on: This is the best-looking and most expensive Kindle yet

Amazon's next Kindle already leaked?
1460385419712524.jpg

Amazon's next Kindle already leaked?

Nook GlowLight Plus e-reader is fully waterproof, has sharper screen
nookglowlightplus.jpg

Nook GlowLight Plus e-reader is fully waterproof, has sharper screen

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Pixel Watch Is Just the Start for Fitbit on Wear OS, Says Google's Wearables Chief
google-interview-park2

Pixel Watch Is Just the Start for Fitbit on Wear OS, Says Google's Wearables Chief

What To Expect at Meta Connect 2022
meta-connect-what-to-expect-00-03-39-20-still013

What To Expect at Meta Connect 2022

Hands-On With the New Google Pixel Watch
pixelwatch

Hands-On With the New Google Pixel Watch

Comparing Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
221006-site-spec-comparison-pixel-7-7-pro-vs-6-6-pro

Comparing Pixel 7 and 7 Pro to Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: First Look
thumb8

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: First Look

Everything Revealed at Google's Pixel Event (October 2022)
pixel-event-supercut-2

Everything Revealed at Google's Pixel Event (October 2022)

Most Popular All most popular

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras
iphone14vsiphone13camcompare-00-00-36-21-still002

Comparing iPhone 14 Pro and 13 Pro Max cameras

Hands-On With the New Google Pixel Watch
pixelwatch

Hands-On With the New Google Pixel Watch

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla
optimus-for-cms-1

Elon Musk Wants to Sell You an Optimus Robot for Less Than the Price of a Tesla

Predicting Microsoft's Next Surface Products
clip0001-00-03-47-11-still008

Predicting Microsoft's Next Surface Products

We Put a GoPro Against the iPhone 14's Action Mode
iphone14-can-it-replace-gopro-clean

We Put a GoPro Against the iPhone 14's Action Mode

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane
xwing-aircraft-7

What It's Like to Fly in Xwing's Self-Flying Plane

Latest Products All latest products

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference
fitbit-aroll-00-00-46-14-still001

Fitbit Sense 2 First Look: New Software Makes a Difference

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials
gopro1

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5
psvr2

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look
watch8-sepic

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance
bose-quietcomforst-ii

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade
flip4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use