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Amazon makes its latest splash with waterproof Kindle Oasis e-reader

12 October 2017, 12:34 | Patty Hardy

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The new Kindle Oasis is scheduled to begin shipping to customers later this month.

The screen still has a pixel density of 300ppi, but now supports a number of new customisation options, including night mode-type functionality.

Unlike the original Oasis, the all-new Oasis has a battery life measured in weeks, not hours, lasting an impressive six weeks. Waterproofing has always been an omission on Kindle e-readers, and will now let people read at the beach or in the bath tub without worrying about damage, Amazon said. It's water-resistant with an IPX8 rating, meaning you can dunk it in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.

Regular readers may know we've been a fan of the Kindle Voyage for some time. As it knows what page you're on, it will know where to start the audio and vice-versa. The new Kindle Oasis, in contrast, starts at $249.99.

In profile, this updated Oasis doesn't even look all that different from its predecessor. The prices for those devices are £229 and £259 respectively (the original was £269.99, so you're now getting less for more). But I'd imagine it being much more convenient to get through long books without constantly turning pages. Weighing in at 194 grams, the Oasis is still 10 grams lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite. There's an ambient light sensor inside the e-book reader and you can manually adjust the screen brightness for fine-tuning your reading experience. But is it worth upgrading from last year's Oasis? You can make the display invert black and white, giving it a black background and white text.

For one, the screen is now an inch bigger sitting at 7-inches.

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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.

There is more to this than meets the eye, though.

Support for Audible is included for the first time, which means Kindle Oasis owners can choose from over 250,000 audiobooks to listen to on the device. Despite making several improvements to Kindles over the years, Amazon never really made them "waterproof". Why on earth would you need all that for notoriously small eBooks?

But at least using the feature is child's play. You can connect it to any Bluetooth audio device and easily switch between the spoken word version of a book and the text. Unfortunately, that also means Amazon isn't including a leather case anymore.

The tech giant also believes it can counter falling figures with improved durability and specifications, and said its new Kindle is the "most advanced ever".

Theres more good news – Audible is now built in.

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