Amazon new Kindle Oasis is waterproof and has a 7-inch display

Amazon's New Kindle Oasis Syncs Audible With Kindle And Safely Works In The Bath

The biggest issue with the original Kindle Oasis was that it didn't have many exclusive features that warranted the price.

The company also managed to squeeze in a bigger battery into the Oasis for up to six weeks of reading time. Over the years, the Kindle has gone through a number of transformation (most for the better), culminating with the launch of the Oasis in 2016. But I'd imagine it being much more convenient to get through long books without constantly turning pages.

Amazon has also increased the size of the Paperwhite display from 6-inches to 7-inches, which means you won't need to turn pages quite as frequently.

Some of the elements of the design are the same including the tapered wedge shape going down to just 3.4mm and the optional page turn buttons - optional because the screen is still touch sensitive.

Though some earlier versions of the Kindle supported audiobook playback, replete with built-in speakers and headphone jacks, you certainly couldn't flip effortlessly between a text-based book and the audio counterpart of that same book without switching to the Kindle or Audible mobile apps. A 32GB model is also available for £259.99.

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It weighs just 194 grams, 10 grams less than the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite. In 2009, The New York Times asked Amazon CEO Bezos about the difficulty of reading a Kindle in the bath.

You can pay $389 for the Wi-Fi-only 8GB Kindle Oasis for a pre-order today, or $529 for the 32GB version with free worldwide 3G; it'll be stocked by both JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks. You can also change the font and choose between what Amazon calls "five levels of boldness", and there's a backlight that automatically adjusts to your settings. Despite making several improvements to Kindles over the years, Amazon never really made them "waterproof".

Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order from Amazon starting today, with shipping due to start on October 31. Amazon says the updated Kindle Oasis can replenish its battery in two hours when being charged, while the older one would take three hours.

You now get 8GB of storage space as standard, compared with the original Kindle Oasis which had 4GB.

Hailing it as the "most advanced Kindle e-reader ever", the next-generation Kindle Oasis is the first waterproof Kindle, with a rating of IPX8. Barnes & Noble's Nook business is dead, and Kobo has never been able to get real traction in the USA (although it's popular in Canada) outside of free-software fans and hardcore Amazon haters.

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