Amazon launches waterproof e-book reader 'Kindle Oasis'

Amazon launches waterproof e-book reader 'Kindle Oasis'

Waterproofing has always been an omission on Kindle e-readers, but the Kindle Oasis will now let people read at the beach or in the bath tub without worrying about damage, Amazon said. All of the new waterproof Kindles come with Wi-Fi connectivity and built-in Audible service.

The new Oasis will make personalising the device easier than ever.

New Font Size and Bold Settings: Now choose from more font sizes than ever before-and five levels of boldness-for whichever font you choose to read with. The larger surface area offers more area for battery to spread out for even distribution of weight of device. The design of the new e-reader is nearly the same as its predecessor. With this side being only 3.4 millimeters thick, Amazon has still managed to insert a bigger battery in that space.

The crisp and laser-quality text reads like paper with uniform display lighting and no glare, even in bright sunlight. The dedicated page turn buttons are still present, with Amazon claiming that users will have to turn pages less often because it was able to fit 30% more words per page. Well one very sensible addition is full waterproofing. Kindle users have been demanding it and Amazon has finally delivered.

Kindle Oasis is reported to have been tested in two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. Plus, it's created to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath tub, hot tub, or pool.

Another good thing is the support for fast charging. The price starts at $250 for the 8GB, and goes up to $300 for the 32GB.

Amazon is offering a 4G model for the cellular variant in the United States, while in India, it's offering a Wi-Fi + free 3G model.

There's a lot of Amazon News out there this morning, here's a digest of some of the interesting stories that marketplaces sellers will want to note but which aren't of direct daily relevance to 3P sellers. However, Amazon's general manager of devices Kevin Keith said that the sales are quite good with "tens of millions" sold.

While many other gadget categories have been stamped out by smartphones, ebook readers endure because they speak of focus, rest, and freedom from the world of alerts, multitasking, and intrusion.

The Kindle was launched in 2007 and caused an increase in the number of e-readers and digital books.

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