The $249 Kindle Oasis injected a lot of change into Amazon’s e-reader lineup when it came out in 2016. It was the first to deviate from the standard slab design, and it became the first waterproof Kindle when it was updated one year later. It quickly gained the ability to play Audible audiobooks as well, making it a one-stop shop for all reading endeavors in almost any environment.
But the Kindle Oasis was, and still is, the most expensive e-reader Amazon offers. Meanwhile, the Kindle Paperwhite continued to capture the hearts and eyeballs of many readers who didn’t want to shell out the money necessary for the Oasis or the now-retired, $199 Kindle Voyage.