Kindle Oasis Is Amazon's Water Resistant E-Book Reader

It's not just the enlarged size that improves readability though, Amazon has added three times as many LEDs as the Kindle Paperwhite, so illumination is vastly enhanced.

But a key feature is IPX8 waterproofing, which means it can be submerged safely in 2m of water for up to an hour. What makes it better than the entry-level all new e-book reader is the front-lit screen, which keeps the content on it visible even in the dark.

Another new feature with the Oasis is Audbile integration through a built-in app. Furthermore, you don't need to attach a magnetic case to it in order to increase the battery life.

However, the new Kindle will face competition from physical books, with figures from research group Nielsen earlier this year reporting a rise in physical sales coinciding with a fall of 4% in demand for e-books in 2016. The feature has also been put to test under different environments such as hot tubs, pools, etc. It still doesn't have any speakers but you can stream an audio book over Bluetooth to a set of headphones or a speaker. The 32GB capacity is only available in a cellular model at $489.99. That's double the base storage of previous Kindles, which Amazon says is to accommodate the storage of audio books. The regular model is Wi-Fi only and packs 8GB storage, whereas the mid-tier version has 32GB internal memory and costs $280.

Amazon.com Inc introduced Wednesday (Oct 12) a waterproof Kindle e-reader long-awaited by enthusiasts, the latest in a string of consumer devices from the online retail giant this year. Fast-charging capability is created to get you fully charged from zero to 100 percent capacity in 2 hours.

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.

E-reader ownership by US adults plummeted from 32 percent to 19 percent, according to the Pew Research Center; Euromonitor International found that sales of the devices fell by 40 percent between 2011 and 2016.

Vanessa Coleman

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