When the 2nd generation Kindle Oasis was released in 2017, Amazon crafted leather and fabric cover cases that were designed to protect your expensive flagship e-reader devices.
Numerous reviews complained about the weak magnets and feeble design. Amazon stopped selling them and began recommending accessories made by CaseBot.
Amazon has redesigned their cases in 2018 with significant improvements, and they are available to purchase now.
Three Redesigned Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017, 2nd Generation) Covers
The 2018 Kindle Oasis Leather Cover retails for 84.05 (CAD) but is currently $64.99 (23% discount) as of this review. The colours available are Black and Merlot.
The 2018 Kindle Oasis Water-Safe Fabric Cover retails for $64.65 (CAD) but is currently $49.99 (23% discount) as of this review. The colours available are Charcoal, Marine Blue, and Punch Red.
The 2018 Kindle Oasis Premium Leather Cover retails for $64.99 (US) and is currently available to pre-order from Amazon US.
Kindle Oasis Leather Cover (2018) Review
This review is regarding the black version of the 2018 Kindle Oasis Leather Cover.
The 2018 Kindle Oasis Leather Cover is a natural, high-quality leather cover which has a microfiber interior that achieves the following:
Protects the display of your Oasis from scratches.
Puts your device to sleep when closing the cover.
Wakes your device up when opening the cover.
This revised leather cover is made of good quality leather that is not fragile. We can call it a “normal” leather model that is not raw. Clearly, the other model offered is a “premium” raw model (Premium Leather Cover).
The Amazon logo is embossed and does not distract.
The redesign of the cover also now protects the side edge, notably the right. The old model did not cover the side edge. Therefore, the new model provides better protection against scratches.
Keep in mind that this redesigned leather cover does not have a magnetic attachment to the back, and there is no origami stand.
This case provides me with a better grip on the Oasis that also allows me to hold it like a book with either two hands reading or by holding the handle in the back with one hand while reading. Without the case, the e-reader felt more slippery to hold.
There weren’t any real issues with this case. Nevertheless, when using this black leather cover for the first few days, there was some difficulty opening the cover after it was closed. It took some effort to open the cover. But after some use, the cover could be more easily opened. This is not a big deal, but pointing this out doesn’t hurt either.
To Buy The Kindle Oasis Leather Cover (2018) Or Not?
Overall, I would recommend buying the redesigned leather cover if you want a case that is made by Amazon and is of high-quality leather. If your expectations also include a case that feels premium in your hands and is well-made, consider this.
If you are expecting a magnetic attachment or an origami stand, consider the Premium Leather Cover which has a magnetic attachment or third-party products.
Deciding on whether to buy the Kindle Oasis or not? Check out my review of the Oasis here.