Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years

Amazon finally makes a waterproof Kindle, after 10 years

But arguably the most interesting new Kindle Oasis feature is deep Audible integration. Although it probably isn't recommended, the device can withstand getting splashed with salt water if you're at the beach and can be dropped in a bath tub, hot tub or pool. 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.

There's speed control, to slow or speed up the rate of the narrator, while Whispersync keeps track of where you're up to across any Kindle or Kindle app you might be using.

Readers have been requesting a waterproof Kindle for years.

The new Kindle Oasis ditches the battery cover of last year's device, which was needed to give it good battery life. The device is available for pre-order now and will begin shipping on October 31.

Still, we should be thankful for small mercies and the new Kindle's IPX8 rating isn't the only big improvement Amazon has made to its top-of-the-range model.

The design is very much as laid down by the original Oasis, with a slim body behind the display and a pronounced bulge at one side, housing all the brains and the battery.

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Weighing in at 194 grams and 3.4mm thick, the refreshed Kindle Oasis sports a 7-inch display - one inch larger than its predecessor. Unfortunately, that also means Amazon isn't including a leather case anymore. You'll need Bluetooth headphones or speakers - Amazon won't be including any in the box - while if you pair the new Kindle Oasis with your car's Bluetooth you'll be able to control playback and such with the vehicle's buttons.

The all-new Kindle Oasis is $249.99 for the 8 GB model and $279.99 for the 32 GB model-the 32 GB with free cellular connectivity is $349.99. Instead the new device has six weeks of battery built into it, according to Amazon, and a range of new covers including water resistant fabric options.

A decade after Amazon released its first Kindle, the company unveiled its first waterproof e-reader today. Amazon has indicated that the new Kindle has the largest screen and the highest-resolution paperwhite display in comparison to all other Kindle devices. Bluetooth has been added, for headphones or speakers, though there's no headphone jack for cabled connection. If you want the 32GB model with unlimited 3G data to download books on the go then you'll have to pay £319.

Other Kindle e-readers still offered by Amazon include the $79.99 Kindle, $119 Kindle Paperwhite and $199 Kindle Voyage.

Saarnio said: "I'll end at an ebook page at home, take my Kindle Oasis into the auto, pair it via Bluetooth and then hit play and it picks up the audiobook right where I left off in the ebook".

To accommodate audiobooks (which take up more space), the Kindle Oasis 2nd gen comes with 8GB of storage.

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