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I’ve never been an eReader person. I love the feel of a book. I like flipping through pages; I like the smell; I like focusing my attention on something that isn’t a screen. That said, I don’t like my books getting soggy in the bath, the heaviness of a hardcover in my backpack on my commutes, and having to turn the lamp off when I’m moments away from a deep, deep slumber. Enter Kobo’s new Libra H20—a waterproof, lightweight eReader that can hold up to 6,000 books and features an adjustable light that automatically removes blue light near bedtime.
You can take it in the bath (or to the pool, if you’re lucky) with no problems, slip it into a backpack or purse without it weighing you down, and read at night, without a lamp or the tiring glare of blue light. You can also customize your text size and font, so no more squinting.
But my favourite part of the Kobo Libra is how easy it is to borrow books from the library. Built in with the OverDrive App, you can use your library card to access its entire digital catalogue—something that’s a little more difficult to do using Kindle eReaders (at least in Canada). That’s right. With a library card and an internet connection, you can have all of the books. Instantly. For free. A book lover’s dream.
A premium eReader (without the premium price of a higher end eReader, like the Kindle Oasis which sells for around $100 more), at $200, it’s a good value and will likely last you a lifetime. Good news, considering how many books you’ll need to get through.
WHO IT’S FOR:
Book lovers everywhere.