It turns out my previous post was just as premature as Amazon’s ads. Amazon has officially announced the new, waterproof Oasis, and it turns out that the company does listen to user complaints. While the new reader still has the odd asymmetric one-handed design, it has migrated the battery back inside the device so the charge time once again measures in weeks rather than days. It has also lowered the price to $250, and incorporated Bluetooth so it can be paired to external speakers or earphones for Audible audiobook reading.

It features a 7″ 300 DPI screen with five levels of boldness, and comes with 8 GB or 32 GB of on-board storage. It will also make it possible to change the size of text and items on the home screen, which will be helpful to people with vision impairment. Older Kindles will get whichever of those new features they can in software updates available later today.

I don’t have time to go into this further before I leave for work, but suffice it to say the new reader promises to have some great features, at a cheaper price than last year’s model. It will be interesting to see how well it works out. Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader has some further details.

Related: News release.