Wanted: Kobo’s Aura H20 is an e-reader ready for the sand and surf

While the feel of turning a book’s page may have a special place in your heart, as it does in mine, there’s no doubting the convenience of an e-reader when it comes to trying to fit everything you’ve got for a 10-day trip into carry-on luggage. Even magazines can become cumbersome if not packed in hand baggage with Tetris-like precision.

They do have their limitations though — can you take one to the beach when there’s a chance of getting sand, or worse, water on or in it? Enter Kobo’s latest reader — the Aura H20, which is water-, sand- and dustproof.

Roughly the size of a paperback, the device is easy to navigate, from searching Kobo’s bookstore to flipping through the books themselves. For those who like to keep a running page count, this Kobo does just that; at the bottom of the screen, the length of each chapter is displayed and reading progress is tracked — helpful when you need to know just how many pages you have until the next trip to the swim-up bar. Screen brightness is easily controlled, too: A quick swipe of a finger up or down on the left side of the no-glare screen quickly adjusts the light.

But let’s get to the headline act: As long as the port cover is closed, this Kobo is waterproof for up to 30 minutes. When wet, water beads and rolls right off the device, though you’ll want to wipe the screen dry before you start turning pages again (a warning will pop up to remind you of this if you use the touchscreen and it doesn’t respond properly).

At only 233 grams, the Kobo Auroa H20 is lightweight, compact and won’t wilt when wet. A mobile library made for carry-on luggage and beach vacations. 

$199.99, store.kobobooks.com

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