June ship date for the new Kindle Oasis?

day-planner-828611_640Evidently , there is quite a bit of interest in the new Kindle Oasis. On the Amazon’s Kindle Forums, customers are already reporting ship dates for some models pushed back until June.  Earlier today, I was already seeing “Due to popular demand, some configurations will ship after April 27th. See the latest shipping dates at checkout” notices on the page.

From what I am reading, the issue seems to be tied into specific cover color choices and whether or not you want the no special offers option. The no offers version seems to be the one with a later ship date. Here’s a tip if your color option is in stock and you don’t want to delay delivery: Order the special offers version and see if you can pay Amazon to remove the offers after the fact. On every Kindle or Fire that had special offers included, Amazon has allowed customers to pay a fee to opt out. The Kindle Oasis isn’t listed yet, but the device is not technically released.

Here’s the Amazon page with instructions for removing special offers.

Daily Links and Deals: The Secret Rules of the Internet

daily_links_1I’ve already written today about one of the biggest stories today, the announcement about the new Kindle Oasis. But there are some other interesting links to share: News of a new specification for USB-C cables, micropayments for newpapers and several interesting pieces on the internet and email sign-offs. In deals, there are bargains on Micro SD flash memory cards and several today-only deals from Kobo and Barnes and Noble.

Daily Links for Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

USB-IF battles malware and bad chargers with Type-C Authentication spec (Ars Technica) After the debacle with USB-C cables frying computers, this is a welcome change. Love to see this for all cables and chargers.

THE SECRET RULES OF THE INTERNET: The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech (The Verge) Very interesting piece….

What “XOXO” Really Means: A guide to interpreting e-mail sign-offs (New Yorker) Amusing guide to navigating that pesky part of deciding what the email sig means.

The Winnipeg Free Press’ bet on micropayments will generate about $100,000 in revenue this year (Nieman Lab) Interesting look at what one paper has learned about micropayments.

Google Calendar for Android and iOS will intelligently find a time for your personal goals (9 to 5 Google) This is such a great idea! Great motivation to do what is important to us on a personal satisfaction level.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes best-seller Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, a deal on 40% up to off Saucony  running shoes, the Futurama Complete Series on DVD and 40% off a Kingston Digital 16GB Micro SD Flash Card 2 Pack with Adapter.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Lower Your Taxes – BIG TIME! 2015 Edition: Wealth Building, Tax Reduction Secrets from an IRS Insider by Sandy Botkin for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Somebody Like You: A Novel by Beth K. Vogt for $1.99.

Today only (April 13, 2016), there is a one day special on the NOOK version of LIFE Unseen: Johnny Cash: An Illustrated Biography With Rare and Never-Before-Seen Photographs. Now Only $7.98 (Regularly $29.95).  Today is also the last day for the  coupon special where you can  get $15 off when you spend over $50. Details and coupon code here.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Midnight Crossroad – A Novel of Midnight, Texas (Book #1) by Sookie Stackhouse series author Charlaine Harris for $1.99.

It is the last day for free shipping on any Kobo e-reader through April 13, 2016. And, until April 18, select Romantic Times winners & nominees are on sale for under $3 at the Kobo store.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

New Kindle Oasis official

oasisAmazon has officially announced its new Kindle Oasis. The device will cost $289.99, includes the special leather battery charging cover and will begin shipping on April 27, 2016.

Now, for the details. According to the Amazon press release, the Oasis is:

All-New Design–The Thinnest and Lightest Kindle Ever

The new Kindle Oasis is unlike any Kindle you’ve ever held. With an incredibly thin display and an ergonomic grip, Kindle Oasis weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4 mm at its thinnest point–30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle. To achieve this, Kindle Oasis has a featherweight polymer frame that is plated with metal by structural electroplating–this makes the device incredibly light while ensuring it has the strength and rigidity of metal so it is resilient enough to take anywhere you want to read.

Designed for Comfortable and Extended Reading

Kindle Oasis is designed for extended reading sessions–with an entirely reimagined shape, Kindle Oasis shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book so that the device feels balanced for one-handed reading. Effortlessly turn the page with either the touch display or physical buttons. Oasis is comfortable to read on with either hand–a built-in accelerometer detects whether you are reading with your left or right hand, and automatically rotates the page and page turn buttons to match.

Dual-Battery Design Delivers Months of Battery Life–Our Longest Ever

Kindle Oasis introduces a new dual-battery system–as soon as you connect the cover to Kindle Oasis, the battery in the cover begins recharging Kindle Oasis automatically. The battery in the cover uses a custom cell architecture that optimizes power and energy while keeping an incredibly small and light form factor and delivering months of battery life. You can charge the device and cover simultaneously while both are snapped together and plugged in. Plus, a new hibernation mode minimizes power consumption when your Kindle is inactive.

The included charging cover is made of high-quality leather and is available in black, merlot, or walnut. The cover opens like a book and fits closely around the bezel, waking Kindle Oasis when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Twelve magnets form a secure and solid attachment between the device and cover, while ensuring it is easy to detach when you choose to read without the cover.

Next Generation Paperwhite Display

Kindle Oasis features the latest generation high-resolution 300 ppi Paperwhite display for crisp, laser-quality text. A redesigned built-in front light features 60% more LEDs for our brightest Kindle display ever and leverages new cylindrical diffractive patterns to increase the consistency and range of screen brightness for improved reading in all types of lighting. The new Paperwhite display on Oasis is the first Kindle display designed using a ground-breaking 200 micron display backplane that is as thin as a single sheet of aluminum foil, but is robust enough for you to throw in your bag and take with you on-the-go, combined with a custom cover glass engineered from chemically-reinforced glass.

Most of this information (save for the shipping date and price) had already leaked online. You can find more detail on the device here.

Comparing the Kindle Oasis to the previous Kindle models, this one is thinner, lighter, has better LED lighting and a totally unique design. Here is the chart comparing the features on the various models:


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There is evidently quite a bit of interest in the Oasis.  Already, I am seeing “Due to popular demand, some configurations will ship after April 27th. See the latest shipping dates at checkout” listed on the item page.  I am also seeing an offer to purchase this for 5 monthly payments of $58.00,  but I am a prime member, so I don’t know if everyone sees that offer. It will be interesting to see if this sells out. Hint: Don’t delay too long if you are interested.

I will be back later with some thoughts about the new device, including talking about some of the features some of us were hoping for but didn’t get.

So, does this model interest you?