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New Kobo e-reader now available in Australia and NZ

Toronto company Kobo has released the latest iteration of its e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2, in Australia and New Zealand.

The new model claims to allow easy reading in direct sunlight due to its anti-glare E Ink display, which is said to approximate the print-on-paper experience.

The device also has something known as ComfortLight PRO that reduces the blue-light spectrum to avoid preventing people from sleeping well at night.

The new reader can store up to 6000 eBooks.

It can be used while having a bath as it is waterproofed with HZO Protection. This coating technology is applied to the device’s interior and allows it to be fully submerged without the need for port covers.

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Michael Tamblyn, chief executive of Rakuten Kobo, said: “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.”

The new reader is available at JB HiFi, Myer and Angus & Robertson Bookworld (online) for A$239.95. In New Zealand, it will sell for NZ$309.


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