It can be terribly confusing when companies reuse the exact same product names, which is why we commonly use the generation or year of release as a point of reference. Remember how I generally liked last year's Kindle Oasis but balked at the price? Maybe the all-new Kindle Oasis for 2017 is a little more enticing because not only is it the largest Kindle to date, it's also the first one that's waterproof.

Sitting comfortably at the top of the product family, ahead of the Kindle Voyage and far above the regular Kindle, the new Amazon Kindle Oasis steps up from the 6-inch e-ink display found on the rest of the Kindle line to offer a larger 7-inch 300 ppi display. Amazon says this fits "30% more words per page for fewer page turns."

The core design of the new Kindle Oasis is fundamentally similar to last year's model. The asymmetrical design puts two physical buttons on the one fatter bezel, making it easy to flip between pages. This is ideal for one-handed reading, whether you choose to orient the device with the buttons to the left or the right. You still get the adaptive front light for easy reading anywhere too.

And speaking of reading anywhere, the biggest new feature on the new Kindle Oasis is that it is now waterproof.

The IP68 rating means that you can take this e-reader with you to the pool or in the bathtub without a care in the world. It'll happily survive random splashes and it can even withstand submersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. Salt water is still a no-no, of course, and your bubble bath may be a cause for concern too.

The new Kindle Oasis is far from being the first ever waterproof e-reader. You might remember the Kobo Aura H2O from three years ago, but it is the first waterproof Kindle. And yes, you still get weeks of battery life.


The new Kindle Oasis starts at $249.99 for the model with 8GB of storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and lockscreen special offers. This steps all the way up to $349.99 for the top model with 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi + free cellular, and the removal of special features. In Canada, the equivalent models are priced at $389.99 and $489.99, respectively.

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