Leak Of New Amazon E-Reader Suggests It’s Flipping Cool

Leak Of New Amazon E-Reader Suggests It’s Flipping Cool

E-readers get a bad rap — probably because there are a lot of illiterate arseholes out there who hate reading. For the rest of us totally wicked people e-readers are amazing and Amazon’s rumoured announcement of a new e-reader is a cause to celebrate.

Liliputing is reporting that Amazon’s newest Kindle e-reader will include an accelerometer so that the device can be flipped 180 degrees for left or right hand use of the new page turning buttons. This is a very useful feature!

Buttons have been absent from the Kindle since the Kindle 4 was released back in 2011, and e-reading enthusiasts have been stuck with the significantly uglier Barnes and Noble Nook if they needed that tactile sensation on a button can provide. While owners of Amazon’s kind of lame Kindle Fire have been able to flip their devices for years, they have also had battery-hogging, full colour tablets designed to do a lot more than just read ebooks really well. So this really is a big, cool deal.

In addition to the accelerometer and buttons making their way into Amazon’s new e-reader, the Kindle will reportedly feature a thick side (8.5mm) and a thin side (3.4mm) — sort of mimicking the feeling of when you ruin the spine of a real book and bend it back to read one page at a time.

There’s no word yet on when this new Kindle, dubbed the Amazon Oasis, will be available for purchase, but some leakers are saying it could happen as soon as later this week.

[The eBook Reader via Liliputing]

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