The soft touch of the leather cover may be one reason for some people’s Oasis-love (no—I won’t get into the issue of the use of animal products). But here’s another angle.
If you own an Oasis and pay $20 to turn off advertising via Manage Your Content and Devices, your e-reader will almost instantly display where you left off in the book you were reading. Just open up the cover.
The Oasis’s speedy chips make this happen a lot faster than otherwise.
No need for a bookmark. And, presto, e-books close the gap with paper books in one other way.
What’s more, the Oasis will offer this advantage over an e-reading app on a cell phone (regardless of the wake-up function of the phone) if you’re constantly using the phone for purposes other than books.
Surely you are. It’s a phone, right? Not to mention text messaging and the rest.
One other attraction of the cover is that the flap can snugly attach to the Kindle, held in place by a magnet. So that’s one fewer distraction.
I won’t always use the cover when reading from my Oasis. But it’s nice to know it’s around, even if, when shut, it does not protect the back of the e-reader completely.
Detail: Of course, if you were reading your book earlier on another device and your place has changed, you won’t go to the last page read immediately. But you will get a prompt on which you can instantly act.
And a reminder of two important caveats: Amazon really, really needs to add all-text bolding capability to the Oasis—in fact, ideally a font weight slider, a feature in rival Kobo readers. I’d like to see other additional typographical amenities as well. Second, yes, I think the $290 is too much. Len Edgerly, a TeleRead contributor and host of The Kindle Chronicles, wants Amazon to sell the cover-battery separately from the actual reader. I agree. Not everyone will need the extra battery life.
Related: Replacement Kindle Oasis covers shed the clip-on battery, by Chris Meadows. The replacement covers might also be a way to avoid the genuine leather.