The new Kindle Oasis has an adjustable reading light (Amazon)

Amazon has launched a brand new, refined version of its top-level Kindle e-reader.

The new Kindle Oasis improves on the previous model by adding an adjustable ‘warm’ light for reading in the dark.

The company isn’t trying to challenge the iPad or even your phone with this new gadget. It wants to make sure you never need to pick up a paperback again.

‘The all-new Kindle Oasis includes everything customers loved from the previous generation, including the large 7-inch display, waterproofing (IPX8), and Audible—and now we’re making it even better,’ said Eric Saarnio, the head of Amazon’s devices in the EU. ‘We’re adding an adjustable warm light so customers can read with a warmer tone that’s customisable to their preference to easily transition from daytime to nighttime reading.’

The new Kindle Oasis has a 300 pixel-per-inch e-ink display so it’s easier on the eyes than a traditional screen. However, it’s still no easier on the wallet as it keeps the previous version’s expensive pricing.

It costs £229.99 for the 8GB version and £259.99 for the 32GB version. You can also add free cellular connectivity (meaning you can buy books from Amazon without having to connect to WiFi) to the 32GB model for £319.99.

Prices start at £230 (Amazon)
It’s waterproof so you can take it in the back or to the beach (Amazon)

Part of the appeal of the Kindle Oasis is the gadget’s design. It has a wedge-shaped aesthetic for one-handed reading and dedicated page-turn buttons. The IPX8 waterproofing means it can withstand immersion in up to two metres of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

Amazon says it’ll go weeks on a single charge (Amazon)

Like all the Kindle e-readers, it’s also got a massive battery life – Amazon doesn’t exactly say how long it’ll last but does promise ‘weeks’ on a single charge. And there’s no shortage of content either as Kindle Unlimited subscribers can borrow as many books as they want for £9.99 per month.

Amazon says the new Kindle Oasis is available to pre-order today and will start shipping to customers on July 24.

If you still want an e-reader, but don’t fancy shelling out for the Oasis, you can also buy the regular Kindle for less than £100.


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