Amazon goes upscale with new Kindle e-reader

WASHINGTON - Amazon announced a new high-end Kindle e-reader on Wednesday, aiming to win over readers with a thin, light device despite a trend toward multi-use tablets.The Kindle Oasis, the eighth generation e-reader from Amazon, will be available April 27 starting at US$290 (S$394) for US customers.The Oasis weighs in at just 130 grams (4.6 ounces) and is 3.4 millimeters (0.13 inches) at its thinnest point, or 30 per cent thinner on average and over 20 per cent lighter than any other Kindle.