* The Oasis weighs less than my current Kindle Keyboard 3G, even with the Oasis case. The 3G device weighs 247 grams - the Oasis is 133g, plus 107g for the battery cover (240g total). Never mind that my Keyboard 3G case itself weighs another 225g!
* The Oasis is not the "thickest Kindle ever". At the thickest point of 0.33", it's still the same thickness a Kindle Keyboard 3G (0.335"). With a case, the Keyboard 3G was 0.75" thick!
* The Oasis and the Voyage are roughly the same price. The Voyage doesn't include a cover, and it costs $85 to add an Amazon premium leather cover. That makes it just $5 less than an Oasis.
Weight, size & battery life are important criteria for digital nomads or perpetual travellers. If you're trying to keep under a baggage weight limit, saving 225g can make a big difference. So if you're upgrading from a 5 year old device (that still works!), this is potentially a huge upgrade.
This isn't a device for everyone, in fact I'm still unsure I'll upgrade my 3G yet (I don't travel as often nowadays). But I can at least see how it could improve my life.
I spend so much time on my Kindle that I'd be willing to invest a few hundred in upgrading from my PaperWhite just to have a slightly better UX. Having buttons again to change pages is what I'm most excited about. Plus I've always wanted faster page turns, which is always increasing with each new release.
I didn't get excited for the Voyage since it seemed so much like PaperWhites.
Knowing I spend each night and hours on weekends holding and interacting with the device makes the price point for a 'pro'-style version reasonable.
This is so frustrating that I have basically trained myself to always swipe. But swiping with one hand is not a very comfortable thing.
The 3g kindle's side button where a lot more pleasant to use.
I can't imagine the difference in weight will affect anyone. It'll be hand luggage or literally in your pocket. I've never had my hand luggage weighed.
£270 (£330 for the 3G model) for something which is essentially the same as a £110 device (it's laughable that anyone would pick up a Paperwhite and complain that it's too thick and/or heavy). Now that's a niche market.
I don't think this will sell very many, but I suspect its real purpose is to get people to consider buying a Voyage instead of a Paperwhite as they'll believe they're getting more of the cosmetic thrills of the Oasis without the stupid cost.
You've never flown Ryanair.
Ensuring hand luggage fits within the required dimensions and under designated weight allowance is now pretty common for low cost carriers (European at least, which is my experience).
Checked in baggage is a revenue earner for the airline. Many passengers try to cram all they need into hand luggage instead, to save sometimes >£40 on the cost of checking in baggage. Ensuring hand luggage is weighed and measured is just another way to squeeze the revenue hose.
It might be if one's travelling on a low-cost carrier.
I travel on low cost carriers on a regular basis between European destinations. Several years ago I bought a Paperwhite, specifically because I was tired of lugging around heavy, space occupying paperbacks, which I often finished enroute, leaving me nothing to read for part of the flight.
If I didn't already have the Paperwhite, I'd be seriously tempted by the Oasis.
Bezos and others who contributed to the technology that launched the Kindle and eBook stores did great work. The Oasis, however, is not an innovation worth $200 more than other Kindle models.
This post goes intentionally against the constructive rules here, BUT this quote has to find its way into the "Silicon Valley" show. I bet it will. /scnr
Point is, this thing as nice as it is, case or not, is still WAY too expensive for what it is.
But you are right, most people here are not in the target market.
Finally bought one last year and ended up choosing the Kobo H20 partly because of that - it's 6.8" which is not bad, but I suspect the sweet spot would probably be somewhere between 7 and 7.5.
Edit: for people looking for big readers (for technical books and such, where 6" is quite useless), the ones I'm aware of are the 8" Bookeen Cybook Ocean and the inkBOOK 8 (the later was still vaporware when I looked into it, not sure if it's available now).
That means I always have my Kindle on me when I find myself sitting on public transport, when I arrive somewhere early or through lunch. It becomes the alternative to social media on your phone - and broadens your mind.
Believe it or not there's a huge scene for people who love the 8-9" form-factor. A NIB DX runs 500ish on ebay. I was waiting for this release for ages, but I see no reason to buy it. It looks like you're paying an extra $100 just to get back the side-buttons the Kindle fanatics demanded (it feels way more natural to press a button than make a slide motion, to the point where you don't even realize you're pressing the button after a few pages of immersive reading, unlike the slide action which breaks the continuity -- the same reason why I keep my 3rd gen around).
For $100 more, the Onyx BOOX N96 is definitely the best buy out there right now for that larger form factor. You get the same Paperwhite tech, the ability to jot notes down with a stylus, and a significantly bigger screen. I don't have one but I've heard nothing but good things about support from Onyx and let's be honest making an e-reader isn't the most complicated thing out there so odds are you won't need much tech support (you can buy a DX 9.7" replacement screen for ~65 and drive it with a uC almost trivially easily).
edit: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Cybook_Ocean 8" for 179$ (not "genuine" e-Ink(tm))
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/PocketBook_InkPad 8" eInk Pearl with front-light for $250 (I've heard great things about this company too)
I like that they are offering (by invitation only) a ios and Android app -- so much of a tool like that is the OS and interface, if you can give people a simulated version on a device they already have, that's a pretty good share-ware like onboarding experience.
I'm waiting on my signature edition though, hopefully they took their time to make it decent enough...
I'd assume the lag is a software issue, it should be solvable with software updates in theory
You probably know this already, but on my PW1, you only need to tap the right hand side of the screen to go forward a page, and similarly, you tap the left hand side to go back a page.
The only thing you have to watch out for is quiescent current, not only for the obvious reasons (leakage == bad), but also because even a minimal amount of voltage drop 'across the FET' will fade out the image, so its double bad. (Each pixel with the characteristics of an N channel MOSFET.) Acting as the source on the FET -- continuously driving "on" for each "frame render" (it's just latched in from a shift register), and the horizontal pixels corresponds to the vertical pixels (which is just a shift register pushing data for each render).
If you have issues with that guy's build, http://spritesmods.com/?art=einkdisplay this dude consistently has some of the best documented hardware hacks ever. Those two sources in aggregate and a Saturday should be all you need for a one off.
I'm still hoping more manufactures will release bigger devices, but I assume there are still cost issues with larg(er) e-ink displays. I'd love to have something big enough to work for graphic novels and books with illustrations/diagrams. Even if only black and white.
I suppose if none are released, I'll just have to bite the bullet and consolidate on something like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, or a Lenovo Yoga. Still not convinced that even the new high-dpi screens will work for ~12-14 hour reading sessions, though.
that will be coming out at some point
You can't read comic books or magazines in such small edition.
Kobo honestly looks better. There must be some technical challenge to issue something 7-8" sized.
I've seldom seen a person go from Nook to the magazine displays. The same is true from Nook to larger format book sections like bookmaker or tech books.
The remaining market probably, and this is just my opinion from watching tech conversations, is to small to support with existing margins the cost of a larger form factor with the larger resolution screens. I haven't even seen a Kickstarter for such a device. The screens exist. The ability to get the other parts exist. The market for such a product does not, apparently.
If I'm reading a graphic novel or a technical book with illustrations, code, etc. I much prefer my full-size tablet--which I don't like as much for just reading.
The issue with the larger screen I suspect is that you're now competing with full-size tablets with a much more specialized device that that would probably be judged inferior to its smaller sibling by many people for plain reading. It feels like a very slim market.
ADDED: I actually forgot that there used to be a Kindle DX. Given that format doesn't exist any longer, I'm pretty sure that it didn't sell well.
PDFs are especially great on it...you can enjoy the original fonts, design, and layout in the original (often larger) size.
EPUBs are the weakest because (1) they're not officially supported and (2) converting leads to huge fonts. There's probably a way to fix (2) but I haven't bothered as I find my phone a better medium to read EPUBs.
I bought it specifically for reading pdf papers, and haven't been disappointed. Can't complain about the free 3g, and occasional browser use either if you flash it to 3.2.1 or higher from the kindle keyboard.
- Huge screen for PDF
- Great for technical books
- no backlit means I can read for hours
- decent batteries
My use case: I read mostly non fiction (technical books, business books with diagrams).
I feel like a dinosaur when on an airplane but there is no way I can read my books in these tiny Kindles.
Anybody who has my same use case believes it's time for me to finally upgrade from this old yet trusty DX thing?
I am starting to feel a little
You can read for a lot of hours on a tablet, which is a lot better than Kindle epaper for the types of material you describe. There was a time when some sort of epaper/LCD convergence seemed to make a lot of sense. Today, though, while I prefer a small Kindle for flow of text, an LCD tablet really does win for formatted and graphical content. I still prefer paper for some situations but, given digital, there's really nothing wrong with tablets.
I migrated to iPads once the iPad 2 came out and never really looked back.
I loved the screen though. I'd love to have a DX sized reader with even the processing power of a raspberry pi. Actually, I'd love something with a keyboard cover that let me do emacs in the sunshine, but that's an altogether different story.
I have an ipad as well now, but I prefer reading fiction on the DX.
6" does seem an odd compromise, though. Too big to be convenient, too small to be nice.
Alternatively, if you'd prefer an Android device:
Right now, I tend to use my phone, but I don't enjoy reading off an LCD nearly as much as I do my eink Kindle.
The Kobo Mini  looks promising, but since it's discontinued you only seem to find them used on eBay.
Anyone has any ideas on how to deal with this?
I would love a larger one for comics and textbooks.
I would say "yes." I was fine with my ancient little paperwhite, and surprised to see that they were asking $300 for an incremental improvement. It would have made more sense to do the Apple thing, dropping the price of the old model and replacing it with the new one at a similar price point. The paperwhite's touch screen is pretty bad, but fine for reading once you get used to it, and the battery lasts long enough that charging is a non-issue.
Several years ago, Amazon started making devices that almost perfectly replaced paperback novels: easy on the eyes, light enough to read in one hand, and cheap enough to pay for themselves quickly with the production cost difference between electronic and physical books. The Kindle sucks for books and magazines with significant layout, and I agree with others here that there's room for a larger version to handle e.g. textbooks (which are pricey enough that a $300 reader is NBD). But this thing? I just don't get it.
They're asking $300 for a new product. If you want an "incremental improvement" on your ancient paperwhite, then you can get the newest generation for $119.
The big selling point seems to be
- the format/size (grip with one hand)
I can do that with the paperwhite and often read while walking to the station that way.
- auto-rotation for left handed people
(only required because of the special format, see above)
I love my Kindle. I see no point in this iteration and would strongly recommend everyone around me to pick the paperwhite instead.
Just because it has backlighting doesn't automatically make it the successor to the Paperwhite or even an incremental improvement. There is literally one already: the newest generation Paperwhite which has the same 300ppi screen as the Voyage and Oasis and improved backlighting in the same form factor than the 1st generation Paperwhite. It's still being sold, it'll probably still be sold and improved on for many years to come and I can even see it becoming the new "basic" device from Amazon.
That's how Amazon does Kindles - multiple lines of products which are differentiated from eachother in some way or another. You can even see this with last year's Voyage. They released it, it looks like a premium Paperwhite, but then they came and brought some of the features like the 300ppi screen back to the Paperwhite. The Paperwhite didn't go anywhere, it was still sold, and it's still being sold now.
For me your argument is similar to stating that Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise are different products. Sure - you can totally explain that. For me those are editions of the same thing, and in the case of the Kindle I find it hard to see any benefits - sure, I haven't seen it live yet, but it's the same form factor, same resolution and .. it's used to read.. - compared to the cheaper versions.
If there's a market for this thing I wish Amazon all the best. It just isn't for me and based on this (personal!) position I fail to recognize this as a new product, see it as another iteration at best.
Again: This might be the best thing for a lot of people out there and I don't claim they're wrong at all. Still looks like a refresh. EA brings us FIFA 2016, Amazon the Kindle Oasis?
I'd argue this is more akin to WiFi vs 3G models. They're the exact same product with different featuresets. If you were to go for the VS analogy, a new Kindle product is more akin to VS Code vs VS; they're literally different products under the same umbrella brand.
> EA brings us FIFA 2016
This is quite literally the newest generation Paperwhite vs the older Paperwhites; that is, a new version of the same product. In the EA analogy, the difference between the two is like the difference between FIFA 2016 and NHL 16. They're both "EA Sports" games, but they're clearly different from eachother, with different target audiences.
Another analogy is that this is an iPad Mini, which is very clearly distinct from the iPad Air or the iPad Pro. They're all different products, none of them are successors to the others, they're all priced differently, and they're meant for different audiences. Nobody would honestly stand up and say that they're the same, or an "incremental improvement" because it's clear they're not. This is pretty much the exact same thing.
I don't understand how you don't see these as different products. They're literally (http://i.imgur.com/hnV8E0x.png) being sold as different products side by side. If you were to argue it's a successor, then the existing Paperwhite would surely not be there, having been replaced with the Oasis (along with the other products, by your line of reasoning), and it would surely not be sold for almost 200 dollars more than the Paperwhite, either.
My point is that the old paperwhite, new paperwhite, voyage, and oasis all strike me as the incremental improvements you would normally see in a yearly update to a laptop or phone at a particular price point. FooCorp's mid-range laptop gradually gets faster and adds features over time, as transistors get smaller and manufacturing more efficient. Maybe Amazon is treating the Kindle like a gallon of milk, whose price stays the same or slowly rises with inflation. I imagine they'll make a killing if people buy into that, but it seems unlikely.
For my job I have to read a lot of datasheets. Ctrl-F works wonders and I have no ideea how I'd manage without it.
I do have a few technical books I got digitally--usually because I had some free or significantly discounted eBook offer. But it's really not my preferred format.
OTOH, if you do read from an actual book... the books are damn heavy on their own !
I found peace in actually buying a Macbook Air, with that I have gotten rid of iPad and Kindle both.
The screen is not the best available but it's the right "gadget" at so many other levels.
One could make the argument that textbooks should be written in a way that accommodates the web and e-readers better, but that's a whole other hill you'll need to climb.
Now? I dunno. I'm not terribly eager to buy a year old Paperwhite, so maybe I'll just wait until the next generation.
I felt like a chump for buying the Voyage weeks before the new Paperwhite came out with the same screen. The voyage is nice, but I would have gladly saved money with the PW3.
And that's at $200! The Oasis is definitely a tool for the really hardcore reader, or otherwise for the wealthy.
And frankly, I really like the Voyage case for setting it on tables or laying in bed.
If this somehow knocks down the price for the Paperwhite, I'm all for it... so I can get a Paperwhite. :P
And frankly, I've only owned one Kindle v4 and it's been going strong ever since, albeit I use it much less than before.
I read a lot with one hand and I couldn't make the switch to the paperwhite because of its weight (I read quite a bit with my brother's one, you can definitely feel the difference).
I still agree that the Oasis is really expensive. It's really a shame because it's designed for my favorite use case.
The benefit of the voyage has to be the pagepress buttons, the flush glass screen, and better backlighting. the PPI is minor.
"Comfortably turn the page with either the touch display or dedicated page turn buttons located on the front of the handgrip. Whether you choose to read with your left or right hand, Kindle Oasis automatically rotates the page orientation to match."
Having said that, when using my Kindle I often switch from one hand to the other to accommodate things like picking up a cup, or one arm getting tired.
This is also a lot more expensive that the Paperwhite, or even the Voyage. While the dual battery concept seems nice, I can't say battery life with my existing Kindle has ever been an issue... don't think I'll be upgrading.
I think the price, relative to the Voyage, is reasonable.
I think the Voyage price, relative to the PaperWhite, is insane. I should know, I own one (I like it but wow it's expensive to buy those pseudo-buttons).
Voyage ($200) + Premium leather cover ($85) = $285
The Oasis costs $290 with battery cover. You're paying for a more expensive Kindle and a cheaper cover :)
Type C USB would be nice. On the other hand, I don't have any type C USB connectors / sockets in my possession yet.
I'd really like a wireless recharging standard. Just toss your devices onto a surface and they charge overnight, it doesn't need to be fast.
Only real issue with it is slow rate of charging. Not a problem for overnight recharges - but my phone still discharges when I'm using GPS + Bluetooth in my car's Qi holder.
Unless you're at Starbucks, who have deployed Powermat/PMA. Even though Qi has vastly more support from phones and chargers (Toyota is even putting Qi in some cars), there's probably many more people who have actually used Powermat, just because of SBUX.
It's probably good enough
Also, the short-sightedness of the EU legislating semi-voluntary micro-usb support is asinine. Of course new standards would eventually unseat that connector. How much political inertia needs to be overcome in Europe now due to this?
I hope this creates demand for a paperwhite attachment / cover that will achieve this same ergonomic design for those of us that don't feel like forking over that much money after only just buying their paperwhites.
Price aside, this is a worthwhile upgrade simply for the ergonomics.
Glad I'm not the only one :-)
Given that two-hand holding is the norm for paper books I would say single-hand holding isn't a terribly important spec for an e-reader. Maybe it's desirable for some, maybe not. I would definitely give up a little bit of single-hand holdability for a larger screen, someone in thread above pointed out the 8" Bookeen Cybook Ocean, which at $180 looks like a good Kindle alternative:
I object greatly, and think that single handed holding is an extremely important spec. Far more important than some silly touch-screen.
But like books, we are all different. So I hope you enjoy your e-reader however you choose to read it.
This then allows me to squeeze part of my hand/fingers between the cover and the Kindle and doesn't get too tiring.
I often complain about it, and this Oasis appears to be an upgrade, but I have the same problem with books as well. Adding the physical buttons in is a nice feature that I've missed from my earlier Kindles, as it at least means I won't have to move my hand while my Kindle is precariously balanced on the aforementioned finger for every page turn.
Once I was motivated to start working on it again, it wasn't long before it became pretty clear that Amazon didn't believe in Active Content anymore and the rumors were flying that Amazon was going to pull the plug entirely, so I decided to move on.
It's a shame, too, because the game really looked nice, and I think it would look amazing on the Paperwhite. The game stopped working on my Kindle Keyboard a couple of years ago (expired certificate).
KOReader can sync with Calibre on the desktop, so you could perhaps set that up as a passthrough. Or you could use something like BookDrop  or IFTTT that sends ebooks from Dropbox to the Kindle over Amazon's WhisperSync service. Those are stored in the "documents" folder on the Kindle, where KOReader could read them as well as the stock reader app.
I'd love to have the illuminated screen, but the 2012 one was the lightest, had physical page turning buttons on both sides and could be used by me as a left-handed person easily.
I will stick with my old Kindle until Amazon will make a remake of it.
Overall, I think the product is worth the price (around $1000 last time I checked), but I have other things to spend the money on right now. It seems to be marketed towards legal firms (possibly a source of the high price), but I don't need the collaboration software.
*except for the half of the device that makes it the thickest Kindle ever
Almost as bad as HP advertising their new laptop as being as thin as a AAA battery: http://www.blogcdn.com/slideshows/images/slides/384/908/4/S3...
That being said, I really like the new design. Glad they're embracing physical buttons.
I have to charge so infrequently, I'm never prepared to do so.
Thankfully people tend to forget chargers and (so far) I haven't had a problem dumpster diving at hotel's lost and found :)
Rebooting it seemed to help, although I'd say she still has to charge it about once a week.
Their spec days are 30 minutes a day on WiFi with the light up, I believe (iow, they model reading in bed), so what you should actually be hearing is something more like "21 hours for the old one, 7 hours for the new one but 30 hours with the charging cover on." It's a pretty big step down.
That said, I've still pre-ordered an Oasis even though I have a Voyage already. The ergos on this look much more suited to my reading style.
The Voyage is by no means heavy, out of the case at least (the official leather case is a brick, unfortunately) but the thin bezel means I either put fingerprints on the screen or can't really get a solid grip on it without cramping my hand and causing some shake.
The Oasis looks like it's taken a page in ergonomic design in particular from cameras and will be much more steady and sure to hold. That has to translate into a better reading experience. I'll probably end up using the cover as what amounts to a leather charging dock.
Re-embracing, more like it. I forget how old mine is, but it's from before the basic Kindles went to touchscreen. The side-mounted page flipping buttons are just about perfect. Throw in battery life of like six months of hard use on airplane mode and the non-glare screen that you can read outside on the beach in full sun, and it is just about a perfect e-reader.
I just wish they would resurrect the DX concept. I'd like to have a thin, light Kindle that was approximately letter-sized, for textbooks, programming books, etc. It'd probably also be a great fit for somebody like my dad, who's eyes are going bad - you can crank up the font size on 6" kindles, but then you only get a handful of words on a line.
I completely agree. I've had a Kindle 3 keyboard with the physical page-turn buttons for nearly five years and although the new models might have sharper screens, the lack of physical buttons is an deal killer for me.
They also seem to have gone backwards with the form factor. The 3 screen is nearly flush with the bezel, which slopes away to the buttons at the edge and feels great in the hand. I've handled the newer versions and they're thicker and feel more clunky and cheap.
When you can replace the screen for $20 (replaced once) and the motherboard for $4 (replaced twice), it's kind of hard to justify upgrading, even after you break both by sitting on it.
If you ask me, half the point of ebooks is that you can turn pages with your hands under a blanket or a cat flopped on your wrist.
I'll pick up a used one someday.
Comparing the uk and us prices this is the first product in decades that seems to have been priced $1=£1
When you say the voyager is buggy when you try and turn pages what is the issue? I have a problem with the (stupid, hateful) haptic buttons. The ones on the right mostly both go backwards, periodically it works as expected. I thought this was a hardware fault, but maybe you are experiencing the same issue?
As a for instance, if "the quick brown fox" is the last words on my current page, and I turn to the next page, I'd expect the first words to be "jumps over the lazy dog" but in this instance "jumps over the lazy dog" is typically somewhere mid page.
I've also had issues, again when syncing my position from a different device, where the location totally bugs out if I try to swipe back to the previous page. This happens infrequently, so I'm uncertain if there's any logic at play, but the location is often way off of where it should be when aiming for the previous page.
Either $289 seems overkill for a single purpose device, or Amazon screwed up and provided too much value in the Paperwhite.
I have bought every iteration of Kindle (other than the large one they sold when they first came out). This one I might skip. $300 for the same internals as the Voyage is steep. The only major changes are the form factor and a few more LEDs. I do like that it has physical buttons, but not $300 like.
e: Also chiming in that I probably would have bought it anyway had it had usb-c, but it doesn't, still stuck on micro.
The voyage is already quite expensive for an ereader, and an upgrade of questionable value over the Paperwhite, and this one is still more expensive, for hardly any benefit.
To put it more positively: The kindle paperwhite is amazing value for the price ;-)
Edit: Wasn't taking into account Sales tax, it's not that bad actually
Adding vat to your £204 figure takes us to about £245, so even if we assume that an American does pay just £204 for it, it's only a £25 difference (~10%). It's not ideal, but it's actually not bad either --- I've seen that difference being much, much bigger in the past.
In California, you were, in theory, required to pay a "use tax" on any goods purchased from out-of state, that just happened to be equal to sales tax. The reality is that most consumers didn't do this, since the only way to get caught would be if they audited your return.
On top of that, if you maintained a commercial presence in the state you are shipping to, sales tax was required. So, any national retailer that also sells online had to charge sales tax.
Amazon was in a gray area where they had shipping warehouses, but not commercial offices in California. They ended up making some deal a couple of years ago where they would charge sales tax online. I'm not sure what Amazon got out of it though.
So you used to be able to illegally get away with buying online without sales tax in some circumstances, but it is no longer the case for Amazon.
In theory--at least in most states with sales tax--residents are supposed to pay a use tax on out-of-state purchases bought to be used in their state of residence.
A number of states have put pressure on online retailers like Amazon to collect. One of their levers has been to argue that Amazon Associates constitute a physical presence. And Amazon has agreed to collect sales tax (although not for affiliate sales) in several states. Massachusetts for one.
I really can't imagine who's going to buy this. There may be a mythical subset of hyper-rich hyper-readers who are bored with their existing Kindle collection and want something newer and shinier, because.
But the average reader is already happy with their average reader. This offers nothing of value to them.
At half the price there might be serious interest, but £270 is completely unrealistic.
The thing that is frustrating me more and more about the Kindle (and e-readers in general) is the amount of books still not available as ebooks, I don't understand why publishing houses like Penguin books have such a mixed bag when it comes to having a Kindle offering for some titles.
And the retarded pricing. Its regularly at the same or higher as mass paperback. Unless shipping costs have turned negative thats just bullsht.
Well something definitely is screw-y with the pricing so I'd consider that theory quite plausible.
I spend all day reading text on screens; when it comes to recreational reading, why are my eyes suddenly so precious that they need a special display that's supposedly easy on them? Like, the rest of the day I'm beating them up or something? $500CAD is almost the up-front cost of a Nexus 6p. And when I get tired of reading Proust I can play Neko Atsume.
This is vesselmancy -- the same wayward urge that had fools plonking out for leatherbound copies of Encyclopedia Britannica as late as the '00s, when they could have -- should have -- known better.
The container has been abstracted. The value is not there anymore. Amazon is just doing arbitrage on the delayed response the background culture has to value migration. $60 leather case included indeed.
Phone displays and computer screens are just fine for reading text, but the fact that you completely discount the value of e-ink makes me wonder if you've seen a recent e-ink display in person. The advantages really become apparent at the extremes: bright sunlight or dim rooms in the evening. Also, the ergonomics of reading on a phone or a computer are not great for books and long articles. It's no coincidence that e-readers tend to be about the size of paperback books. Tablets are better, but they are more expensive, more fragile and more power-hungry.
I wouldn't mind a hard keyboard again either, but apparently the design meme nowadays is that keyboards are a terrible thing to be virtualized or omitted entirely. (Bitter? Me?)
I don't understand why they haven't included waterproofing yet. Or at least IP68 certification so you don't have to worry at the beach or by a pool.
Now I wish that they had re-introduced Text-to-Speech feature, I would have bought it then. At present, I think it is too overpriced.
There are many times when I get tired of holding Kindle and want to rest my hand. I simply plugin headphones and listen to whatever I was reading. Kindle's TTS is amazing and almost sounds like human.
My attitude might seem reactionary, however, I feel that in the case of a device that is used for an intimate and intellectual activity, more does not always equal better.