Here's another first for the Kindle line - support for audiobooks from Audible, thanks in part to the boosted internal memory that lets you store more on the device itself. The new Oasis has a sleeker body and sports an aluminum back, giving it premium feel than Kindles with soft-touch plastic, notes The Verge.
Rival ereader companies like Kobo have had waterproof devices on the market for quite a few years already.
"Kindle" has indeed become synonymous with "e-reader" over the past decade, but that doesn't mean Amazon will enjoy the same kind of Kindle success over the next 10 years. Amazon says the size bump allows 30 percent more words on a single page.
On the software front, there's plenty more to get stuck into.
The new Oasis starts at $250 for the 8 GB device, or $280 for the 32 GB device. You can still have a cover to protect the screen and serve as a kickstand.
The backlight is uniform across the display, and now features automatic brightness so it can react to environmental lighting. There's a new font size as well as bold settings (it now offers five levels of boldness), so you can customise the font as per your liking. And, as before, there's also an accelerometer that triggers a screen rotation whenever you spin the reader around in your hands. For context, the previous Oasis was rated at a mere two weeks without the battery cover, although adding one extended that out to eight weeks. It only weighs 6.8 ounces and is only 3.4 mm thin at its thinnest point. This means that you can now read books, magazines, and newspapers at more places - beach, hot tub, lake, or a swimming pool - without fearing that water would damage your Kindle. That's because the new Oasis 2 now has a big battery inside, rather than inside a case. Another major change is the support for Audible audio books, though a user will still need to purchase ebooks and audio books separately. The new model also has Bluetooth and integrates with Amazon's Audible service to stream audio books to wireless headphones or speakers.
The Kindle Oasis has a thicker side that tapers down on the other side for easier one-handed use. That's triple the battery life of the first Oasis, which was cited at two weeks. There are three leather options, each of which cling to the back of the ereader magnetically and fold into a stand: they're offered in Midnight, Saddle Tan, or Merlot.
Arguably most impressive is the price. Today, however, Amazon is giving the Oasis a significant upgrade that is most definitely fitting with its name. For the standard 8GB version that allows downloads over WiFi it'll cost you £229. The 8GB version is $249.99, a 32GB model is $279.99, and 32GB with free cellular connectivity is priced at $349.99.