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This article was published on April 15, 2013

    Kobo launches the Aura HD, a limited edition ereader for ‘the passionate book lover’

    Kobo launches the Aura HD, a limited edition ereader for ‘the passionate book lover’
    Paul Sawers
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    Paul Sawers

    Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

    Amazon’s Kindle may be the poster child of the ereader world, but Barnes & Noble (Nook), Sony and Kobo also have their fingers firmly in the ebook pie.

    With that in mind, at an event in London today, Canadian company Kobo announced the Kobo Aura HD, a new ereader device which sports a 6.8-inch E Ink display.

    The Aura HD is being aimed at the more ‘passionate book lover’ — those who consume hundreds of books and stories each year, said Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis.

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    In terms of specs, the Aura features:

    • 6.8 inch screen, 265 dpi Pearl E Ink touchscreen
    • 1Ghz processor
    • 4GB storage (expandable to 32GB)

    Kobo will open the door for preorders on the Web on April 16 in the UK, France, US and Canada, with additional markets to follow this summer. It will cost $169.99 in North America, and £139.99 in the UK. We will try to get our hands on the new ereader, which ships from April 25.

    Kobo’s History

    Kobo launched its first ereader device back in May 2010, appropriately titled the Kobo eReader. Since then, it has launched the Kobo Touch, Kobo Arc, Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo.

    Kobo, whose name was derived from an anagram of ‘book’, was acquired by Japanese ecommerce titan Rakuten back in 2011, and since then has steadily grown its presence in a number of markets.

    Earlier this year, the company hired former Apple Sales Director Jean-Marc Dupuis to boost business across Europe, and last summer, Rakuten launched the Kobo in its native Japan, following the $315 million acquisition. In February this year, Rakuten posted record year-end revenues of $4.7bn.