Amazon unveils its first Kindle Oasis waterproof eBook


The software will be loaded on every Kindle Oasis.

Amazon doesn't disclose unit sales.

Despite the increase in size, though, 2017's Oasis remains ridiculously light at 194g - 10g lighter than the lightest Kindle Paperwhite - and tapers to a super-slim 3.4mm at its thinnest point. While it appears lopsided, it actually feels balanced when you hold the Oasis one-handed. It's also way better, featuring a larger screen, water resistance and more.

It's been an unusually packed year for Amazon gadgets.

The new Oasis is different.

This is the first Kindle to be waterproof, too. Last year's Oasis relied on an electroplated metal alloy over a standard plastic case.

It weighs just 194 grams, 10 grams less than the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite.

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There's plenty to like about the new Kindle Oasis, with its abundance of new features. Amazon says it can withstand 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without damage. But this time, Amazon built the entire battery into the e-reader itself, meaning buyers won't need to use it with an accompanying charging cover in order to experience the e-reader's full battery life.

It's battery can last for up to six weeks. That's because the new Oasis 2 now has a big battery inside, rather than inside a case. It's launching with support for Audible audiobooks. Of course, you'll still have to buy the Audible and Kindle releases separately.

Amazon devices boss Dave Limp said: "Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book ever written in 60 seconds or less". The interface has also received a few upgrades, with new boldness options, font sizes and accessibility features. There's also support for flipping things so that you get white text on a black background. That should make it easier to read at night. Amazon declined to say how it waterproofed the Kindle, but since it still has an open USB port for charging, it's recommending that people stand the Kindle upright after it's been submerged. E-readers endure, he said, in part because they don't come with the distraction of other devices where email or web browsing are more readily available.

I didn't have much time to demo the new Oasis, but it's certainly intriguing.

When the Oasis first launched it clocked in at an eye-watering £269, making it the most expensive e-reader Amazon sold. But I'd imagine it being much more convenient to get through long books without constantly turning pages. There are two physical page turn buttons on the front, plus a flush-fit, glass-covered capacitive touchscreen.

The new Oasis starts at $250/£230 with 8GB of storage, and there's also a $280/£260 model with 32GB of space (which could be ideal for serious Audible listeners). If you want the 32GB model with unlimited 3G data to download books on the go then you'll have to pay £319.