Frequent beach readers will be happy to hear that a new water-resistant and dustproof eReader will be available soon.
The Kobo Aura H2O is IP67 certified, meaning it will be safe if submerged for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water, but users should keep the port covers closed. The certification means the device is also dustproof.
The sequel to the Aura HD will have a 6.8-inch, grayscale, touchscreen display and a 265 dpi resolution. It will come equipped with a 1 GHz processor and 4 GB of internal storage, expandable to 32 GB via microSD card. According to Kobo, the eReader will have up to 2 months of battery life.
In terms of eReader features, the Aura H2O will run the Reading Life software, which offers 10 different font options, 24 font sizes, and the ability to adjust font sharpness. Users can also take notes, highlight and bookmark text, and share content on Facebook.
Books can be purchased from Kobo itself — which boasts 4 million digital titles including newspapers and magazines — and users can get them from other sources as well. Devices support EPUB and PDF.
The eReader will be available online and in store on October 1 for $179.99. Select retailers are already offering pre-orders, while Kobo.com will start offering pre-orders in Canada, the U.S., and the UK on September 1. Initially, the device will be available in those three countries, as well as France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain.