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Amazon's New Kindle Oasis Syncs Audible With Kindle And Safely Works In The Bath

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.

The new model has a 7” screen (up from 6”) but keeps the 300ppi pixel density. Weirdly, last year's Oasis lacked this feature despite the fact that the cheaper Voyage had it previously.

Amazon's next-generation eReader is here. 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.

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

But if you think this means that Amazon has added a 3.5mm headphone jack to the Kindle, well, think again - the audio will only work across Bluetooth.

It's been an unusually packed year for Amazon gadgets. Theres a 32GB version too, if you expect storage to be a problem (e.g. if you consume many audiobooks and graphic novels).

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. The device also has a 7-inch display, 8 GB of starting storage, audio book service Audible built in, and up to six weeks of battery life on a single charge.

Amazon has today revealed an updated Kindle Oasis - featuring a bigger screen, support for audiobooks and waterproofing to IPX8 standard - meaning that you can now read your book by the pool or in the bath, meaning that you can read while bathing in actual oasis, and everything will be fine. Otherwise, you'll probably be fine sticking with last year's model. Again, it's a small thing, but I really missed that feature once Barnes & Noble stopped producing the Nook.

The new Kindle Oasis' display boasts 300 pixels/inch and 12 LED lights are used to illuminate the screen. (Calling last year's model Oasis when it wasn't waterproofed, or even water-resistantis nearly insulting to Amazon's customers.) The new e-reader has been tested in two meters of water for up to 60 minutes. The extra real estate means it's capable of squeezing in over 30 percent more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns.

Barnes & Noble's biggest advantage is its hundreds of physical stores. Barnes & Noble's Nook business is dead, and Kobo has never been able to get real traction in the United States (although it's popular in Canada) outside of free-software fans and hardcore Amazon haters.