Remember when ebook readers were first becoming a thing? Some people opted for Sony e-readers. Barnes & Noble had its Nook series and Chapters offered the Kobo family. But just as practically all other MP3 players gave way to the iPod, the Amazon Kindle is pretty much the de facto standard for e-ink based e-book readers. But how much are you really willing to spend on one of these things? And what’s changed in the newer 2017 version of the Kindle Oasis? A little of this, a little of that…

You might remember when I unboxed the original Oasis almost two years ago. At the time, I was blown away by the almost $400 (Canadian) price point, considering that you could easily pick up a couple of entry-level tablets for that much money and they’d certainly be capable of doing a lot more.

But I suppose that’s not really the point of having a Kindle. You don’t want it to do a whole bunch of things; you just want to use it to read books. The Kindle Oasis, in this way, targets a very specific demographic of users who are avid readers, but aren’t hardened purists who insist on reading physical printed copies. In any case, this week’s vlog should give you a good sense of what has changed between the 2016 and 2017 iterations of the top-tier e-reader.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out my reviews of the 2017 Kindle Oasis and the 2016 Kindle Oasis, as well as the 8th generation base Kindle from 2016. The reviews go much more in depth into the build quality, the user experience and all those other considerations that go into making such a purchase.

The 2nd-generation Kindle Oasis (2017) is available now starting from $249.99 US and from $389.99 Canadian. It ain’t cheap, but as far as e-book readers go, it’s just about the best around.

Amazon Kindle Oasis (2016) vs. Kindle Oasis (2017)