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Kindle Paperwhite due for October 25 UK launch

The Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon's latest e-reader, will be coming to the UK and is already available for pre-order before its official launch on October 25.

business Updated: Oct 15, 2012 15:00 IST
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Amazon's latest Kindle and the Kindle Owners Lending Library are both coming to the UK.



The Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon's latest e-reader, will be coming to the UK and is already available for pre-order before its official launch on October 25.

Expected to retail for £109 for the wi-fi only model and £196 for the wi-fi and 3G model, the latest member of the Kindle family has met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the tech community due to the quality, resolution and sensitivity of its touch screen.

As well as the Paperwhite, Amazon is also bringing its Kindle owners' lending library to the UK. It means that owners with an Amazon Prime membership (£49 a year) will be able to borrow up to one book a month from a current selection of over 200,000 -- free of charge with no due dates. The library service is open to all Kindle owners and not just those with a Paperwhite.

Other good news for Kindle owners comes in the form of a legal settlement between US attorneys general and a number of publishers regarding allegations of e-book price fixing. As a result, consumers that have bought e-books published by Hachette, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollions in recent years could be entitled to a partial refund.

In all, five publishers plus Apple had been accused by the Department of Justice of trying to unduly influence the price of e-books on the iTunes and Amazon sites.

Three of the five publishers have agreed to settle immediately, while Macmillan and Pearson are yet to do so. Apple is still fighting the issue.

Amazon has already emailed qualifying customers with further details. The good news for all e-book readers is that due to this legal action the price of e-books on Amazon and on iTunes is expected to come down.