Finally, a waterproof Kindle! Meet the New Kindle Oasis

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PART-TIME HARDWARE MAKER Amazon has announced a new version of its Kindle Oasis e-reader that boasts added waterproofing and a larger display.

The newest member of the Kindle family is the first to come with water resistance, as we mentioned above. Crucially though, Amazon says that the designers have managed to squeeze in a much larger battery into the device itself, meaning no need for a case that will charge up your Kindle when power gets low.

Waterproofing is one feature Kindle fans have been asking for for years, leading to the creation of several business dedicated to custom-waterproofing the devices. And best of all, there's an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness of your Kindle display - something the original Oasis cruelly lacked. It includes a touchscreen panel, as well as a physical button for turning pages.

The Kobo Aura H2O has numerous Oasis' features for less: It's waterproof, about 7 inches, has an adaptive backlight, long battery life, and costs $179. Since it doesn't have speakers, they will have to stream to Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Unfortunately, that also means Amazon isn't including a leather case anymore. There's also the Kobo Aura One, which offers similar features and a bigger screen for slightly less than the New Kindle Oasis.

This is the first time - apart from the Kindle DX - that Amazon has changed the size, giving you more space to read. This makes the Kindle Oasis the flawless e-reader in the bathtub or even by the pool. An Amazon spokesperson told ArsTechnica that this makes the new e-reader a bit faster than last year's model, which featured a Cortex-A9 processor.

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The new Kindle Oasis opens for preorders today and will start shipping on October 31.

The new Oasis is IPX8 rated, which means you should be able to submerge it in 6.5 feet of water for up to 60 minutes.

If you want more storage then the price goes up to £259.99 and finally if you want increased storage and the ability to download literally anywhere using free 3G then it goes all the way up to an eye-watering £319.99. Amazon is also adding new bold and font options, including the OpenDyslexic typeface. Why the Oasis? Because the Kindle Oasis is waterproof.

Amazon is also highlighting the 7-ounce (194-gram) device's slim profile, tapering to a 3.4mm display, and the fact that it has a built-in Audible app that lets you listen to audiobooks over Bluetooth headphones or speakers. It also connects over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE.