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Kobo Announces 2 New Waterproof E-Readers

Kobo finally discovered audiobooks! Your public library’s favorite e-reader now comes in two models that have Bluetooth support for audiobook playback, something Amazon’s competing Kindles have done since 2009.

The Kobo Libra 2 and Kobo Sage have other things going for them, but Bluetooth audio support is the biggest change. It’s pretty basic; it only supports Kobo’s proprietary audiobook format and doesn’t have anything like Amazon’s read-along Immersion Reading feature. But it’s a start.

Otherwise, the main impetus for releasing the Libra 2 appears to be a next-gen screen from E Ink. The E Ink Carta 1200, released in July, improves response time by 20% and contrast by 15%. The Kobo Elipsa was the first e-reader to use it, and now it’s coming to the less expensive models. The Libra 2 is waterproof, weighs 7.5 ounces, and has a 7-inch, 300ppi screen.

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