I'm not terribly fussy about how I read. I used an old Kindle Keyboard until a stray pen in my backpack broke its display, and I've long happily used a Paperwhite without so much as considering the fancier Kindles Amazon has released since I got it back in 2013. Hell, half the time I'm just reading on the Kindle smartphone app for a few minutes here and there between glances at my email. So the new Kindle Oasis, the company's most advanced reading gadget yet, is not designed for me. But goddamn, it's great.
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The Kindle Oasis is the best e-reader ever made, we think. And it just got better, with a larger screen and waterproofing for bath-time reading.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Today Amazon introduced the Kindle Oasis -- the eighth generation of Kindle -- "crafted from the ground up for readers," Amazon says. It is 30 per cent thinner and over 20 per cent lighter than any other Kindle, and includes a charging cover that delivers "months of battery life".
You can put an Oasis on pre-order in Australia today for $449, and Amazon says it will start shipping in the coming weeks. Here's what it can do.