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.
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eBooks are great — they're so much more convenient than paperback or hardback titles for travellers and commuters alike, especially if you're the kind of reader that devours long tomes on a regular basis. But e-readers generally have small screens and don't offer the same reading experience as a proper book. But Kobo's new Aura One e-reader has two vital statistics that avid readers will know well — it has a screen the size of a classic hardback, housed in a chassis that's smaller than the thinnest airport thriller paperback.
JB Hi-Fi's NOW eBook service will be closing its store on September 30th, after merging with eReading giant Rakuten Kobo. This isn't the first time Kobo has acquired another eBook service, with the company also having taken over Sony's Reader Store early last year. It's not particularly bad news for existing customers on JB Hi-Fi's service, however, as they will be transferred over to Kobo's service from the start of October.
Reading in the bath is probably the most noble pastime there is. Noone's going to bother you, you have a good book, it's nice and warm, you're marinating in your own filth... Anyway. The Kobo Aura HD was already an excellent e-reading device, but the Kobo Aura H2O, like the name suggests, adds a whole bunch of waterproofing to make this e-reader even more hardy than a Thomas Hardy hardcover.
The aftermarket-treated Waterproof Kindle is just about perfect: an already fantastic e-reader with the added bonus of being built like a rock. But all that comes with one hell of a price tag — $US240, specifically. The new, waterproof $US190 Kobo Aura H2O, though, promises to deliver on all those points for a fraction of the cost.
We love a waterproofed Kindle, and we put one through hell, but that's an aftermarket mod, not a feature that comes standard. If you want waterproofed reading on the cheap(er), the new Kobo Aura H2O is for you.
There's not a gift in the world that can make up for all the crap you did as a kid, but that's what Mother's Day next Sunday May 12 is for: an annual opportunity to pay tribute to your mum and what she put up with for all those years. Here are six great gifts you can get this weekend that she'd love.
Let's face it: Kobo's last tablet — the Vox — was rubbish. It was a DOA tablet and not something worth our time, unfortunately. Now, though, Kobo has a new tablet called the Arc. We were excited when the Arc was announced, because it sounded like something that might actually be amazing enough to wash the Vox-taste out of our mouths. It has damn-near the same specs as crowd-favourite and defending champ, the Nexus 7, and it's nice and cheap to boot. Fight!
When we previewed the Kobo Arc tablet a little while ago, we called it a serious competitor to the Nexus 7's tablet throne. Kobo it seems is still looking to improve its odds in the fight for 7-inch tablet relevance by upping the storage and dropping the price of its Arc tablet before it's even hit the market.
When the Nexus 7 hit the market, we wondered if it would force other manufacturers to lower their prices without lowering the specs on new devices. We're going to find out later if Amazon has taken Google's warning shot on board, but in the meantime, the Kobo Arc tablet has just been announced and it's seriously impressive. Be afraid, Nexus 7: the Kobo is coming to ruin your Christmas.
The big news yesterday was clearly Amazon's Kindle Fire. The news that flamed up briefly at the same time? Kobo's also got a 7-inch tablet running Android. For a tablet called the Vox, they seem reluctant to talk about it, however.
As far as I'm aware, this is the first time the Kindle will be available from a local retailer. Both versions of the graphite Kindle 3 are now up for pre-order: the 3G for $219, and Wi-Fi for $159 (shipping is free). That compares pretty well compared to getting it shipped from Amazon directly. Update: Also available Woolworths supermarkets.
Since REDGroup (owners of Borders and Angus & Robertson) went belly up, Kobo users have been left wondering about access to Australian best sellers, even if they were reassured that books already purchased would remain safe. Enter publishing giant Pearson Australia.