Amazon unveils its first Kindle Oasis waterproof eBook

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These now appear on the device's home screen alongside your ebooks and can be streamed via Bluetooth to wireless speakers and headphones. Like the old Kindle Oasis, this new device has a large bezel for easy one-handed reading. The battery bulges along the back, creating a hand grip, and there are page turn buttons on the front.

Now, don't get me wrong; £229 is still a lot of money to pay for an e-reader when the Kindle Paperwhite does much the same job for less than half as much.

Coming to the unique feature of this Kindle, its water resistance, it is IPX8 certified. Amazon said it made it water-resistant because customers like to use Kindles while in the bathtub. With its flat front that won't trap sand, this a flawless beach device. There's no headphone jack on the new Oasis, so users have to connect the device to a Bluetooth-enabled device, like speakers or headphones, in order to listen to audio. In addition to these, it comes with the WhisperSync feature from Kindle's mobile apps that will let you pair your ebook with Audible so you can switch from reading to listening on the fly.

Other perks include more storage (8GB instead of 4GB), extra LED backlights, a bigger screen (7 inches up from 6 inches), six weeks of battery life and a slimmer design.

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With no battery case, Amazon has taken the liberty to roll out a few new options. The covers are available in two materials in a variety of colours: water-safe fabric covers, all $44.99, come in Indigo, Sandstone, or Charcoal; and premium leather covers, all $59.99, come in Midnight, Saddle Tan, or Merlot. Theres a 32GB version too, if you expect storage to be a problem (e.g. if you consume many audiobooks and graphic novels). And a model with unlimited 4G LTE for book purchases costs $349. The original Kindle Oasis was most definitely targeted at the well-heeled reader, starting at $359.99.

Kindles have very little real competition. Alternatively, there is also a 32GB 3G + Wi-Fi model.

That 7-inch screen is good for 30 per cent more words per page, says Amazon - or it means larger text for better viewability overall. It isn't quite as elegant, but more importantly, it isn't a Kindle, which means it doesn't have the near-guarantee that you'll always find the book you want in its store. There are three other variants of the Kindle: All-New Kindle (Rs. 4,999), Kindle Paperwhite (Rs. 8,999), and Kindle Voyage (Rs. 16,499).

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