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Amazon discontinues Kindle Touch in favour of new Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon has apparently discontinued the Kindle Touch in favour of the new Kindle Paperwhite, which was given a UK release date last week.

According to the Amazon website (opens in new tab), the Kindle Touch is listed as "currently unavailable", prompting rumours that the edition is being discontinued in favour of the more recent product. The Amazon Kindle Touch was released in the UK earlier this year on 27 April and has retailed between £109 and £169.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is due to be released on 25 October alongside the Kindle Fire HD. The Paperwhite is considered an upgrade on the original Kindle, boasting 62 per cent more pixels and 25 per cent "better contrast" compared to the original, apparently for crisper text and images with no glare. It is priced in the same range as the Kindle Touch.

(opens in new tab)The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is considered a low-cost alternative to Apple's iPad because you can watch videos and browse the Internet as well as using it as an eBook reader. It will retail starting at £159 for a 16GB version, with a non-HD model available for £129.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has admitted to selling Kindle products at cost price, hoping to make profits on the sales of eBooks bought for the device. This may be the reason it has discontinued the Kindle Touch in favour of offering a limited range that only includes the latest products - Amazon is also widely thought to have dumped the supersized 9.7in Kindle DX recently.