Thinner Amazon Kindle set for August release

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Thinner Amazon Kindle set for August release

Amazon is set to launch a thinner and more responsive version of its Kindle e-book reader in two months time, according to reports.

Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the plans, said the device will have a more responsive screen and a sharper picture.

E-books will be made to look more like their paper equivalents, the report said, and the device will boast faster page turning technology.

Industry commentators have previously said the next version of the Kindle will include touch-screen technology. Such speculation was given further weight when Amazon bought touch-screen start-up Touchco in February and started incorporating the technology with the Kindle hardware division.

However the Bloomberg report said neither touch-screen or colour capabilities will be included in the slimmer Kindle edition, although other reports, referencing a black edition of the Kindle seen in a Seattle coffee shop, have disagreed.

Even though analyst firm Forrester estimates the Kindle currently holds about 60 per cent of the US e-book reader market share, a major point the iPad and the Sony e-book reader have on the Kindle is their touchability.

Amazon could not immediately be reached for comment.

Amazon released the first edition of the Kindle in November 2007 and Kindle 2 went on sale in February last year.

Amazon released a free e-book reader application for the iPad on Friday, offering Apple fans access to hundreds of thousands of books. Amazon claimed the application will complement the Kindle reader.

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