Kobo's New Waterproof e-Reader: Australian Price And Release Date

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Kobo says the Aura H2O is a "refreshed" version of the original waterproof eReader, with new features that allow reading in direct sunlight, and blue-light spectrum reduction.

The device is waterproofed with HZO Protection - the coating technology applied to its interior allows it to be fully submerged without the need for port covers.

ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light exposure through the course of the day, so you can read even longer without it affecting your 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.

With 8GB of storage, the new Kobo Aura H2O stores up to 6,000 eBooks, and it promises weeks of battery life. There's 512 MB of RAM and a Freescale SoloLite processor along with 6.8-inch Carta E-Ink touchscreen display at 265ppi.

The TypeGenius feature gives you the option of weight and sharpness settings, the ability to choose from 50 font sizes and 11 font types, adjust margins, highlight passages, write notes, or look up a word with the built-in dictionary.

The new Kobo Aura H2O will first be available for purchase in Australia as of July. Available in black, it will retail for $239.95. You'll be able to pick one up from Kobo.com, with other retailers to be announced in the coming weeks.

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