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Amazon unveils Kindle Oasis, pins hopes on battery life, sleek design

The new model features a protective case that doubles as an extra battery, providing as much as nine months of reading without a charge

Seattle: Amazon.com Inc. unveiled the Kindle Oasis — the eighth generation of its popular e-reading device — hoping book lovers will be willing to pay up in exchange for a sleek design and months of reading without charging the battery.

At $289, the device costs more than three times as much as the most affordable Kindle available today. The new model features a protective case that doubles as an extra battery, providing as much as nine months of reading without a charge.

Amazon sees electronic readers as a key strategy to selling more books since digital volumes cost less and are easier to distribute than printed copies. Amazon began as an online book store and now sells 4.4 million electronic book titles, including 1.1 million added last year. It also sells $10-a-month subscriptions to Kindle Unlimited, which gives users access to more than 1 million e-book titles and thousands of audiobooks.

At 4.6 ounces (130 grams) and 3.4 millimeters (0.14 inch) at its thinnest point, the Kindle Oasis is 20% lighter and 30% thinner than earlier versions. The beveled design — thicker along one side — makes it feel even lighter because the center of gravity is closer to the readers’ hand.

The Kindle debuted in 2007 as Amazon’s first consumer gadget. Bloomberg

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