Kobo has launched a new waterproof ebook reader, the Kobo Aura H2O.
Described by the firm as “the world’s first premium waterproof E Ink eReader,” the Aura H2O allows readers to enjoy their books in previously risky places such as the bath or the beach.
Kobo Aura H2O is IP67 certified, meaning it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1 metre of water with the port cover closed, providing users with peace of mind should their ereader suddenly get dropped in the bath.
It boasts a 6.8” touchscreen with upgraded Carta E Ink technology which Kobo claims “offers the closest experience to print-on-paper” and has a 1GHz processor and 4GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card).
The device goes on sale from October 1 in Canada, the US, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain and will cost £139.99 in the UK, $179.99 CAD/USD, and €179.99 for EU.
Pre-orders will be available at Kobo.com in Canada, the US, and the UK.
“We are most interested in those people who put books at the centre of their lives – what they want to see next, what gets them excited.
“When we asked our customers what held them back from reading more ebooks, many told us they love to read in the bath, by the pool, or on the beach, but believed that devices and water didn’t mix,” said Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Content Officer, Kobo.
“As we dug deeper, we found that more than 60% of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry. We designed the Kobo Aura H2O, our latest premium eReader, so that ebooks could be just as common at the beach or in the bath as they are on the bus or in bed.”
“Our number one priority is encouraging people to read more,” said Takahito Aiki, Chief Executive Officer, Kobo.
“With our award-winning eReaders such as Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, and Kobo Aura HD, we brought readers what they wanted: anti-glare displays for easy reading in sunlight and built-in front light technology for reading with ease day or night.
“The new Aura H2O adds another layer to our promise of enabling people to bring their libraries with them wherever they want.”