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Kindle Oasis: Amazon Launches a waterproof, audiobook friendly eReader

Amazon’s Kindle is finally waterproof, with the launch of the brand new larger 7″ Kindle Oasis that merges ebooks and audiobooks into one device. Just before of the tenth anniversary of the legendary Kindle in November, the new suitable-conclusion equipment goals to steer Amazon’s e-readers into the next decade with a brand new aluminum design, longer built-in battery, and a larger, brighter screen.

Eric Saarnio, head of Amazon gadgets within the EU spoke of: “It has a 7in reveal, an inch bigger than any of our recent instruments, and is also the highest decision with 300ppi reveal density, which means we can fit around 30% more words on the monitor per page, which capacity valued clientele should turn fewer pages.”

The new Kindle Oasis improves on the luxurious version of Amazon’s e-reader line from last 12 months with the addition of an ambient gentle sensor to regulate the entrance gentle, which has a multiplied variety of LEDs and is now more evenly spread.

It has a 7″ screen, an inch bigger than any of our recent devices, and is also the highest resolution with 300ppi screen density, which means we can fit approximately 30% more words on its screen per page, so that an Oasis owner should be able to view (and turn) fewer pages when reading an eBook. The new Kindle Oasis improves the Kindle product family last year’s luxury version with the addition of an ambient light sensor to adjust the front light, which has an increased number of LEDs and is now more evenly spread.

Waterproof

The new Kindle Oasis is additionally now water immune to IP8X requirements, which means it will live to tell the tale even if it sunk in depths of up to 2m in water for as long as 60 minutes and has built-in Bluetooth connectivity for hooking up instant headphones or audio system. The Kindle’s rivals, including Kobo, have had waterproof versions of their e-readers on the grounds that 2014, however, they didn’t manage to disrupt Amazon’s dominance of the booklet market.

Amazon's Kindle is finally waterproof, with the launch of the brand new larger 7' Kindle Oasis that merges ebooks and audiobooks into one device. Click To Tweet

Audiobook Friendly

The massive new function for the Oasis is the mixing of Amazon’s Audible audiobook service, for the first time for the Kindle family, which makes it possible for readers to seamlessly swap between audiobooks and ebooks, holding their place within the story if they personal each codec of a selected book the usage of the Whispersync for Voice.

Saarnio stated: “I’ll finish at an e-book page at home, take my Kindle Oasis into the car, pair it by means of Bluetooth after which hit play and it picks up the audiobook correct where I left off in the eBook.

The massive new function for the Oasis is the mixing of Amazon’s Audible audiobook service, for the first time on a Kindle product, which makes it possible for readers to seamlessly swap between audiobooks and ebooks, allowing them to keep their position in the book if they own both formats of a particular book using the Whispersync for Voice service. One of my personal favorites, since I haven’t managed yet to sync between the Kindle eBook and Audible audiobook versions of the book in either an Android phone or an iPad.

Amazon says that its Audible clients downloaded 2 billion hours value of audiobooks in 2016 and on ordinary listened to 2 hours of audiobooks per day. The service has 250,000 audiobooks attainable for download on an ad-hoc or subscription basis, however, one provision of the integration is that shoppers purchase both the publication and the audiobook of the same book.

Other options

Amazon has also extended the number of customisation options available on the Oasis, together with more fonts, as well a the capacity to left-align textual content to superior healthy the design of paper books.

The new Kindle additionally has stronger accessibility features together with the capability to invert the display from black text on white reveal to white textual content on a black screen, and the potential to raise the dimension of key menus and the home screen for more straightforward navigation for partially sighted readers.

Extended size and boldness of textual content and the option of a left-aligned mode will also be available as a software update for all Kindles from the 2013 Paperwhite and later – a joy for older Kindle owners.

The brand new Kindle Oasis ditches the previous year’s battery cover, which turned into mandatory to give it good battery Life. Instead, the new Oasis has six weeks of battery use built-in, according to Amazon, as well as a variety of new covers together with waterproof material options.

Pricing

The 2017 Kindle Oasis is available for pre-ordering in two storage alternatives: 8GB starting from $249.99 and 32GB starting from $279.99. These two come with WiFi connectivity only. There is also a 32GB edition WiFi and Free 3G connectivity, at $350. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, free cellular connectivity lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you’re relaxing on a beach, halfway through a hike, or waiting on the tarmac.Check 3G connectivity coverage area here.

Over to you

The new Kindle Oasis is a major upgrade from previous years Kindle devices. Waterproof, with audiobook capabilities and a larger screen, seems a value for money for those who like to read and listen to books at the same time. Would you consider buying it? Write your thoughts in the comments below!

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