With a $290 price tag, Amazon is definitely marketing the new Kindle Oasis as a luxury item. The cover Amazon has chosen is also what most would consider a luxury item: a finely-crafted leather cover. While it comes in a choice of three colors, leather is the only option.
That creates a dilemma for some, however. Many people who are vegan or vegetarian not only do not eat meat, but also refuse to use animal products for ethical reasons. Most vegans would refuse to have the cover in their homes. And in case you think that is just a few people looking for that option, take a look at the product Q & A forum. At the time of this writing, there are 592 comments on the thread post, most with remarks like these:
This was my first question as well. They have every right to offer leather, but they just eliminated millions of people who won’t buy it, what an idiotic decision when all they had to do was offer a fake leather option.
One more ethical vegan who will definitely not buy an e-reader only available with a leather cover.
I noticed this too and am very disappointed to see that that there isn’t an option to selected cruelty-free “vegan leather”. As an ethical vegan, I do not buy leather products and therefore will not consider this new Kindle. Amazon, please offer more compassionate choices in the future.
One customer suggested that concerned vegans write customer service to express their concerns and ask for this option.
Sara Farr feels so strongly about it, she took it one step farther and started a petition on Change.org to try to get Amazon to sell a vegan alternative, or better yet, stop selling the leather altogether. She says:
The new kindle oasis is awesome for book worms, but not if they’re vegan (or a cow for that matter). The only cover options are leather, which is not kind and limits options for people who don’t want an animal to die for a good story. I want Amazon to offer a vegan cover option (or even better make all covers vegan!) so we can all enjoy this new technology.
If you also want a vegan and animal cruelty free alternative, you can sign the petition on change.org here. You can also contact Amazon customer service or write firstname.lastname@example.org to express your opinion on the topic.
Thanks to Karen for the tip!