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Rakuten Kobo Reveals The New Kobo Aura H2o: Advanced Version Of The Original Waterproof Ereader

August 12, 2017 Gadgets No Comments Email Email

Winter is all about relaxing and recharging – lazy days in front of the fire, a bubble bath while the rain pelts down outside and spending weekends reading the latest releases with a hot chocolate in hand.

In the service of relaxation and just in time for the winter reading season, Kobo, a global leader in eReading, has today announced its newest addition to the family, the new Kobo Aura H2O—a refreshed version of the original crowd-pleasing waterproof eReader. The new device allows booklovers to easily read in direct sunlight due to its anti-glare E Ink display, for a print-on-paper like reading experience. ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light spectrum, so while nail-biting thrillers may keep you up at night, the new Kobo Aura H2O will not.

The new Kobo Aura H2O will first be available for purchase in Australia and New Zealand as of July. The new Kobo Aura H2O will be available in black and will retail for $239.95 AUD and $309 NZD. The device will be available from, with other retailers to be announced in the coming weeks.

The new Kobo Aura H2O is winter’s must-have accessory to let avid readers enjoy their favourite stories in more places—relaxing in the bath, on a weekend away at the snow and curling up in front of the fire. The device is waterproofed* with HZO Protection™ for worry-free reading, ensuring you can read in the bath without risk of ruining your favourite book. The coating technology applied to the device’s interior allows it to be fully submerged without the need for port covers.

For night owls, ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light exposure through the course of the day, so they can read even longer without it affecting their sleep.  This innovative technology was introduced with the launch of Kobo Aura ONE last year, winning the seal of approval from Colleen Carney, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, who said devices that eliminate blue light work well for those who enjoy reading before bed; for more from Dr. Carney, click here.

Not sure which book to take on your daily adventures? Take them all. With 8GB of storage, the new Kobo Aura H2O stores up to 6,000 eBooks. A forgotten charger on holidays is no longer a cause for concern; with weeks of battery life, readers can enjoy a full book before needing a charge. And with 512 MB of RAM and the Freescale SoloLite processor—page turns are quick and seamless. What’s more, the 6.8” Carta E-Ink touchscreen displays print-quality text beautifully (265ppi).

No two booklovers are alike, and a customisable reading experience is a must. With TypeGenius, readers have many options to choose what suits them best, such as weight and sharpness settings, and the ability to choose from 50 font sizes and 11 font types. In addition, they can adjust margins, highlight passages, write notes, or look up a word with the built-in dictionary—all with the tap of a finger.

Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo, says: “We know our most passionate readers are invariably looking for ways to expand their reading lives, and the new Kobo Aura H2O enables them to read anywhere and everywhere they go—to make the most out of every day. This device makes it possible to take your entire library with you, without having to choose which beloved story to take along; take them all and make the most of that much-needed ‘me’ time to enjoy your next great read.”

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*Meets requirements of IPX8 rating. Waterproof for up to 60 minutes in up to 2 metres of water.

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