[GadgetStory] Can a larger, waterproof Kindle match up to a book?


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Technology has changed the way we consume news. Televisions, PCs and smartphones are the main mediums that consumers use to access stories, in real time. But a lot of people still prefer reading stories on newspapers with their morning cup of tea or coffee.

In a similar vein, e-readers can give consumers access to a full library of books, at a moment’s notice. But lot of people still prefer reading a physical book, and seek the musty or fresh smell of an old or new book.

In this episode of GadgetStory, we pit Amazon’s latest e-reader — the Kindle Oasis 2 — against books and see how they stack up against each other. While books have been around in various forms for thousands of years, the Kindle has been around for just 11 years. But the Kindle was launched with the vision to reach the ‘gold standard of paper’. It all began on Nov 19, 2007, when Amazon issued a press release announcing the launch of a ‘revolutionary portable reader’ that lets customers wirelessly download books in less than a minute and automatically receive newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO, said in a statement in 2007,

“We also wanted to go beyond the physical book. Kindle is wireless, so whether you're lying in bed or riding a train, you can think of a book, and have it in less than 60 seconds. No computer is needed — you do your shopping directly from the device…”

The Kindle Oasis 2 is a ninth generation Kindle device that Amazon launched in late 2017, after taking feedback from customers and in-house innovations.

The Kindle Oasis 2 is waterproof with an IPX8 rating, has a 7-inch Paperwhite display with E Ink Carta and built-in light and also has optimised font technology. It comes in two variants — 8GB and 32GB — and both include free cloud storage for all Amazon content.

The Kindle provides an enhanced reading experience compared to the book in some ways but has its own drawbacks too. Watch the third episode of GadgetStory for a more detailed overview.

Video credits: Shot by R. Raja, Edited by Anand Prasad 

Here is a quick overview, comparing the Kindle mobile app, Kindle e-reader, and a book.

(With inputs from Tarush Bhalla) 

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