Waterproof Kindle e-reader makes a splash

Kindle Oasis
Amazon unveiled its waterproof Kindle Oasis e-reader. (Amazon Photo)

Amazon has unveiled its first waterproof Kindle Oasis e-reader, which takes its place on the top end of the Kindle spectrum with a list price starting at $249.99.

The upgraded Oasis boasts a 7-inch illuminated screen, a long-life battery that can take on a full charge in less than two hours, and IPX8-level waterproofing that’s designed to protect the device even if it’s dunked in a bathtub or a lake.

The device is rated to survive immersion in up to 6 feet (2 meters) of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

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.

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By Alan Boyle

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