Kobo launches limited-edition Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader

Kobo is launching its limited-edition, 6.8” Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader. With what Kobo is calling a “book-inspired design,” it’s available in Ivory, Espresso and Onyx for $169.99

“From the beginning, Kobo has pushed the eReading industry to new heights and today is no exception,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo, in a statement. “Kobo Aura HD is designed for the most passionate booklovers – those who devour hundreds of stories each year – who asked us to create the ultimate eReading experience. Kobo Aura HD is our way of celebrating these customers.”

According to Kobo, the Aura HD offers the highest-resolution screen available in an eReader today, with a 265 dpi display. It’s powered by a 1GHz processor and has 4GB of storage that’s expandable up to 32GB for the storage of thousands of eBooks. Kobo also claims battery life of up to two months.

In addition to updated technical specifications, the Aura HD also has a new user experience, and the vendor boasts that each of its 10 fonts were perfected pixel-by-pixel to ensure that each letter is displayed clearly in every possible font size.

“To us, the Kobo Aura HD is the Porsche of eReaders and is designed for those in the driver’s seat of their eReading adventures,” said Wayne White, executive vice-president and general manager of devices, Kobo. “It’s fast, powerful, and sleek and pushes the boundaries of eReading the same way our Readers do – together, they’ll know no bounds as they find their next great read.”

The Kobo Aura HD is available for pre-order now, and will be in stores beginning April 25.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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