The Amazon Kindle Oasis, the top of the line, is about to be very slightly modified to use a warmer shade of lighting, and a doubling in the number of light sources. Altho I’m a huge Oasis fan because of its screen size and page turn controls, I see these tweaks to the lighting as a nice change for new Oasis buyers but not a reason to replace currently owned Kindles.
I misread (temporarily) the technical description to include a text to speech feature for Kindle books in addition to Kindle’s capability of playing Audible books to external speakers. But no, that was just wishful thinking.
The first link below is to the Amazon page for the new Kindle Oasis that has the comparison between the technical details for the different models.
The second link is to a description of the initial expectations for Amazon Prime Day which will actually run for 48 hours July 15-16.
If you haven’t participated in Prime Day before, here’s a rundown: It’s like the summer version of Black Friday or Cyber Monday, except it’s an Amazon-only holiday where the golden ticket is, obviously, an Amazon Prime account. Prime members can shop thousands of tech, kitchen, and home deals across the site, with new deals spawning as fast as every five minutes. Amazon basically rules the internet for a day. (Or in the case of this year, two days.)
Walmart and Target will inevitably drop deals in an attempt to keep up — Target is even offering same-day shipping now. DRAMA.
Why does Amazon keep the dates such a secret?
Because they can.
Prime Day is held in at least 17 countries, all full of customers frothing at the mouth for these deals — and Amazon knows that refusing to tell us when Prime Day will be until the last minute makes it that much more intense. This year’s dates were especially hard to predict, as Prime Day 2018 was likely pushed until later in July to work around the World Cup.Last year was also the first time Prime Day started on a Monday.
The elusiveness may make preparations difficult, but it sure gets people hyped: Last year’s Prime Day saw over 100 million items sold and broke multiple records, including outselling Prime Day 2017, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
What to expect from Prime Day(s) 2019
Just as we suspected, Amazon is giving us 48 straight hours of deals this year (compared to 36 hours in 2018 and 30 hours in 2017). Two full days of deals is kind of anxiety-inducing, but at least you have longer to make up for lost time if another 404 error incident happens. That’s breaking the internet for real.
If you don’t have a Prime account yet, you should get on it if you want to participate in the savings. Yearly Prime memberships go for $119, but if you only want Prime for Prime Day, you can also get a month-to-month membership for $12.99/month. If you somehow haven’t used your free trial yet, outsmart the system and do your free trial over Amazon Prime Day for the Prime perks. We think you’ll want to reap the benefits of Prime year round, though, especially now that Amazon offers one-day shipping.
Among 2018’s top 10 most popular items were Echo devices, Fire TV devices, and the Amazon Cloud Cam, as well as DNA kits and memory cards. This year, we can expect Amazon to toot its own horn even more, likely with massive discounts on the new Echo Show 5, new Fire 7 tablet, and probably even a sale on pre-orders for the new Kindle Oasis. Google Assistant may answer questions more accurately than Alexa, but when Amazon makes its devices this damn accessible, it’s no surprise that Amazon dominates the smart speaker market share (61.9% compared to Google’s 29.6%).
Be sure to check back with Mashable Deals on the site or on Facebook and Twitter to get more info as soon as we hear about it. We’ll be updating constantly on actual Prime Day, so you won’t be left to the wolves during the madness. Plus, subscribe to our Mashable Deals newsletter and get all the info on the big day right to your inbox.