A lot of people, myself included, will tell you that the Amazon Kindle is the clear leader in the e-book reader space (I even published my own book on Kindle), but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the alternatives. We’ve seen the waterproof trend grow substantially in the smartphone and tablet product categories and now we’re seeing it with e-book readers too. Say hello to the Kobo Aura H2O.

As you can likely surmise, this newest addition to the Kobo eReader family is waterproof. That means you can more comfortably read your e-books at the pool, at the beach, or even in a bubble bath, though there is no specific mention of how the Aura H2O stands up to soapy suds. They do say it is IP67 certified (like the Galaxy S5), so the eReader will survive a dunk in one meter of water for 30 minutes if you close all the appropriate flaps and covers. It’s also sand and dustproof, so seawater is a-okay.

The rest of the specs read like a standard offering from Kobo. The Aura H2O features a 6.8-inch e-ink display with Carta tech, ClarityScreen for crisp text and the ComfortLight front light for dimmer reading sessions. Charging the 2-month battery is via microUSB and the 4GB internal storage is backed by microSD expansion for up to 32GB more. WiFi is on-board as well.

The Kobo Aura H2O is expected to sell for $179.99 when it launches October 1. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Amazon updated its Kindle Paperwhite with waterproof tech to keep up with the Joneses… maybe even without having to worry about flaps?

Via Mobile Syrup

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