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Kobo Aura Reader Edition 2
Kobo Aura Reader (original)

Aura

  • Made by: Kobo
  • Released: 2013, 2nd edition 2016
  • Predecessor:
  • Languages Supported: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Japanese.
  • File Types Supported: EPUB, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, XHTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR

Overview

Kobo Aura's beautiful 6" ClarityScreen and a high res, edge-to-edge low-glare Pearl E Ink screen provides a print on paper reading experience, even in direct sunlight. The latest E Ink screen technology allows you to transition between pages without those annoying flashes and now with pinch to zoom, you'll catch every detail when zooming in to PDFs and select books.

Social Reading: Includes Reading Life™. Track your Reading Stats and share what you're reading, favorite passage and Reading Life awards to your Facebook® Timeline.

Note that Aura is also the name of a line of Kobo products that include the Aura, the Aura HD, Aura H2O, and Aura ONE.

Specifications

Common Specs, See Comparison for differences

  • Storage: 4GB
  • Front light: ComfortLight
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
  • Battery: 1500mAh - Up to 2 months (Based on 30 minutes of reading a day with ComfortLight turned on or off, and Wi-Fi turned off.)
  • Fonts: TypeGenius, Kobo's font experience with a choice of 11 fonts, 24 sizes, exclusive weight and sharpness settings. Includes Kobo's exclusive font Kobo Nickel, designed for crisp, clear readability.
  • Dictionary: Built-in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® dictionary.
  • Notes, Quotes: Highlight text, take notes, share to Facebook.
  • Advanced Features: Library personalization, predictive search, brightness controls, double-tap PDF zoom in, and SimpleTurn for comfortable page turns.
  • Supports ePub and Adobe DRM. Read books borrowed from your public library.
  • File Types
  • Browsing: Experimental Web browser
  • Games: Chess and Sudoku
  • Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Japanese.
  • Free Mobile & Desktop Apps
    • Free Kobo apps for Mac and PC, Apple®, Android™, smartphones, and tablets.

History

The Kobo Aura was originally released in 2013. The Kobo Aura Edition 2 was released in 2016 as a "refreshed version of a beloved classic"[1]

See Also

Comparison

item 1st edition 2nd edition
Dimensions: 150 x 114 x 8.1 mm 159 x 113 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 174 g 180g
Processor: 1 GHz
Storage expansion: up to 32GB using Micro SD card none
Display: 6" High-res E Ink Pearl 1024 x 758 212dpi 6" E Ink Carta touchscreen, 1024 x 768 - 212 ppi
Touch screen: Capacitive IR
Buttons: Power on/off, light on/off Power on/off
Colors: Textured black or pink Textured black

Drawbacks

Better to know before you buy that:

  • There's no folder view - books can be displayed totally flat, organized in shelves, or searched. Calibre supports shelf management on Kobo. The search is superb (if you know the keyword you're looking for).
  • PDF reading ability: The ability to easily read pdf's on this device is sketchy at best - they all load, but often display very zoomed out (massive white borders on all pages), and zooming/panning is very awkward with the built in software.

Hacking

References

  1. Kobo Aura ONE and Aura Edition 2 press release
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