Great news -- the Amazon Kindle Touch is now available to buy outside the US. And the inevitable bad news? You still can't buy it in the UK.
That's right, so while customers almost everywhere else in the world -- including Togo, Suriname, Aruba and Belarus -- will be able to enjoy the touchscreen e-reader, us in Blighty will have to wait. Harrumph.
There's no official press release, but go to the US product page for the Kindle Touch and you'll have the option of choosing a country for delivery (as spotted by The eBook Reader Blog). Choose United Kingdom, however, and you'll see the message "Kindle Touch cannot be shipped to UK from Amazon.com. To purchase Kindle, please shop the Kindle product page on Amazon.co.uk". Follow the link though, and you'll land on the page for the bog-standard button-sporting £89 Kindle. No slouch, sure, but it's no Touch.
That only applies to the Wi-Fi-only Kindle Touch -- the 3G version is still exclusive to the US.
The fact Amazon hasn't sent out a press release hints that us Brits will be added later. (Other European countries like Germany, Italy and France are also excluded, though it will ship to Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovakia, so it seems there's no method to the madness.) But how much later? Come on Amazon, stop leaving us Brits out in the cold.
The Touch was announced back in September (alongside the Kindle Fire we're still waiting for), and sheds the buttons for completely touchscreen operation. We rated it an impressive four out of five in our review -- but beware, it can be a little slow and is slightly heavier than the standard Kindle.
Would you snap up a Kindle Touch? Or do you think the Kindle Fire would do the job better? Let us know over on our Facebook page, or in the comments below.