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A new ebook reader is about to hit the market and for a change, it is not from Amazon. The Aura ONE is from Kobo and it will be arriving in online stores in September, with pre-orders from August 30th.

The Kobo Aura ONE has some unique features that might tempt you to switch from your current ebook reader. Do you like to read books while taking a bath? Do you take books to the beach or to the swimming pool?

If you do, the Aura ONE is designed for you and it is waterproof! It features HZO Protection, which is coating that covers the electronics inside the case and this enables the device to operate even when submerged in water without the need for port covers.

The device has an IPX8 rating, which means that it can last for up to an hour at a depth of two metres. That could be handy for the beach, pool and bath where a slip would ruin other ebook readers.

Kobo Aura ONE ebook reader
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Kobo’s device is larger than most alternatives and it has a 7.8in Carta E Ink screen. That means more space for text and less page flipping as you read. It is still light though and it weighs just 230g (an iPad mini 2 is 330g for comparison), which means it is easy to hold for extended periods.

It is thought that the light from electronic gadgets like phones and tablets can make it difficult to get to sleep, so if you are in the habit of reading in bed at night, ComfortLight PRO is there to help.

This feature reduces the amount of blue light emitted by the screen and in automatic mode, it uses an ambient light sensor to measure the light level and set the appropriate brightness. It copies the setting of the sun and adjusts the brightness and colour according to the time of the day.

Manual settings enable you to choose your own optimal light settings if you prefer. The idea is that it will enable you to get a good night’s sleep.

Kobo Aura ONE ebook reader
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The Kobo Aura ONE has OverDrive built in and this enables you to borrow books for free from your local library (North America, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand). It requires a library card to set it up, which is free from your local library.

The TypeGenius feature ensures that the text looks crisp and clear, and there are 11 font types and 50 sizes. You can adjust margins, highlight the text, write notes and look up words in a dictionary.

Screen: 7.8” HD Carta E Ink touchscreen, 1872 x 1404 resolution 300 dpi
Weight: 230g
Storage: 8 GB on-board memory, holds up to 6,000 eBooks
Connectivity: Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB
Battery life: Up to one month
Price: $229.99

More information: Kobo Aura ONE website