The British summer might well be over for another year, but for those still looking forward to a week by the pool Kobo has announced the Aura H2O, a waterproof ebook reader.
Announced today before an introduction to the technology press at IFA next week, the Kobo Aura H2O is dustproof to keep the sand out and waterproof to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes.
The screen is the highest resolution of any ebook reader on the market - Amazon Kindle included - and measures 1430 x 1080, producing 265 dots per inch to ensure text is sharper and more legible than on its rivals.
That display measures 6.8 inches from corner to corner and has a built in backlight for reading in the dark. Power comes from a 1GHz processor with half a gigabyte of RAM and there’s 4GB of storage - although this can be increased by up to 32GB, or enough for 30,000 ebooks, via a microSD card slot.
Battery life is up to two months, based on 30 minutes of reading every day, while Kobo’s unique apps include Reading Life and Reading Stats to help you keep track of your reading and share progress on Facebook. These apps are a great addition for parents looking to monitor their child’s reading habits and encourage them to read more.
The Kobo store offers more than four million books, comics and magazines, while compatibility with a broad range of ebook file types - including EPUB, PDF, MOBI and many more - means you can read books from many sources on the Aura H2O.
The Aura H2O costs £139.99 and will go on sale in the UK on 1 October, with pre-orders opening at Kobo.com from 1 September.