Leak of New Amazon E-Reader Suggests It's Flipping Cool

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E-readers get a bad rap—probably because there are a lot of illiterate assholes out there who hate reading. For the rest of us totally wicked people e-readers are amazing and Amazon’s rumored 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’ve also had battery-hogging, full color 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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I wonder if comics could still be appreciated in black and white.

Otherwise, what is the most efficient type of screen for said comic reading? OLED?

My Note 4 has a power saving mode that turns everything grayscale. Don’t know how much power is saved that way, but it’s something I kind of thing should be in every device if it actually saves power when reading.