My one and only April Fools joke last week involved a new Kindle launching this month, and now it appears my joke may be closer to the target than you might have expected.
Jeff Bezos tweeted the following about an hour ago:
Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2016
While we don’t have any specific details on the next Kindle, I have heard from Dave Zatz that it will have Wifi, BT, and 3G. I can also add that you’ll find this in the product description:
Product supplied with cover in leather. The cover has internal battery recharged via the tablet itself.
That’s all we know until Amazon either drops the embargo or leaks more info. (And just to be clear, I had that info from Dave before I posted the 1 April joke. I think it’s legit.)
Edit 1: And now we know the name is the Kindle Oasis.
Edit 2: And new info has leaked. The battery case is confirmed, and there are two Kindles in the pipeline.
Edit 3: Another leak confirms the battery-case, and that the Oasis has page turn buttons.
Edit 4: And now Amazon has confirmed the name and specs with a leak on its Canadian site.
I for one am hoping that it has a Liquavista screen, and Twitter users have responded to Bezos’ tweet and asked for their most-wished for features. “Please let it have proper clicking page-turn buttons! Touch screens and sensors are terrible replacements,” one writes.
Another one wished Amazon would release an upscale white Kindle: “Future wish: white bezels, allowing text to go up to the edge of the display, while still looking good,” while a third asked for the return of Text to Speech: “Have text-to-speech or go away forever. The Keyboard is the ONLY good Kindle.”
Both a Liquavista screen and text-to-speech would fit with Bezos’s calling the next Kindle “top of the line”, but of course this is purw speculation at this point.
What would you like to see in the new Kindle?