Kobo’s latest ebook reader – the Glo HD – will go on sale in the UK from 1st June.
Priced £109.99, the device will be available in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand from the 1st May, with French shoppers able to snap them up from May 22nd, while those in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain can get them the same day as UK buyers.
Kobo says the Glo HD’s 6” Carta E Ink HD touchscreen offers the highest-resolution E Ink display currently available with 300 ppi (screen resolution 1448 x 1072).
Night time reading is also possible thanks to the built-in ComfortLight.
The device’s 1GHz processor should be enough to ensure page turns are speedy and Kobo claims up to two months battery life – though this is based on 30 minutes of reading per day with both the ComfortLight and Wi Fi turned off.
“Kobo stands for readers, and our goal is to continually encourage people to read more, wherever they are,” said Takahito Aiki, Chief Executive Officer, Rakuten Kobo.
“Making reading easier has always been central to our strategy, which is why we created eReaders allowing people to enjoy their favourite books in direct sunlight with anti-glare screens, at night without a lamp with front-lit displays, and with Kobo Aura H2O, in the bath or by the pool without worry of damaging the device if accidently dropped in water.
“With Kobo Glo HD, we now have a high-quality device at a low price point, which we know will be appealing to those wanting to start building their own digital libraries.”
Michael Tamblyn, Rakuten Kobo’s President and Chief Content Officer, added: “Kobo Glo HD is the perfect device for the booklover who hasn’t made the jump to digital.”