Amazon's New Kindle Oasis E-Reader Is Waterproof, Supports Audible Audiobooks

Angelica Greene
October 12, 2017

Amazon, I'm told, has also tested it in bath tub and pool water, along with sea water, just to make sure it's holiday-ready. The new model, which ships on October 31, includes a larger 7-inch screen, a water-resistant design, and support for Audible, the Amazon-owned audio book service. You can also change the font and choose between what Amazon calls "five levels of boldness", and there's a backlight that automatically adjusts to your settings.

Excitingly, the Oasis is the first waterproof Kindle, with an IPX8 rating.

Readers have been requesting a waterproof Kindle for years.

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The all-new waterproof Kindle Oasis will cost £229 here in the United Kingdom and goes on sale on October 31. That covers the model with eight gigabytes of storage - customers can upgrade to 32 gigabytes for $30 more. With Whispersync for Voice on the new Kindle Oasis, you will be able to listen to an audiobook while in the vehicle coming home from work, then switch back to the textual version when you get home - everything will by perfectly synchronized on the same Kindle. On one side, the Kindle Oasis has a larger bezel accompanied by page turn buttons, allowing easier handling.

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The screen is also the brightest Amazon's offered up. You can also connect the new Kindle Oasis with a Bluetooth-enabled device, like speakers or headphones, and you can listen to audiobooks while on the go. Unlike last year's Oasis, there's no magnetic, snap-on battery cover, but Amazon says battery life is much improved, too.

Amazon's newest top-of-the-line Kindle Oasis is waterproof, a first for the company. The refreshed model has 12 LED lights, compared to the previous generation's 10-LED display, and measures seven inches diagonally rather than six inches like every other e-reader in Amazon's Kindle lineup.

Amazon's Kindle is finally water resistant, with the launch of the new larger 7in Kindle Oasis that merges ebooks and audiobooks into one device.

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. It comes in 8GB ($249) and 32GB ($279) storage options; models without the "Special Offers" advertisements on the lock screens tack on an extra $20 to the price tag.

Audible fans will be happy, as well: the new Oasis has a built-in Audible app.

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