Kobo have been a quiet of achiever in the eReader space for some time, this week they’ve dropped a new device aimed at readers who prefer paper over LCD screens – The Clara HD.
Having had some exposure to eReaders in the past, the ease of reading on the screens is remarkable even in daylight giving them a clear advantage over an LCD display on your phone or tablet. The Clara HD has a 300ppi E Ink touchscreen which includes anti-glare and will be as easy on your eyes as reading on paper.
The device itself is small, light and offers enough storage for several thousand eBooks. As part of the development of the Clara HD they’ve also included their night lighting which moves away from blue light to a more warm light, said to positively affect your sleep patterns if reading at bedtime.
CEO Michael Tamblyn commented
We decided to include features usually reserved for more premium eReaders in our newest entry-level device, Kobo Clara HD. Our customers deserve an amazing reading experience no matter which of our eReaders they choose, and that’s what we’re here to provide. Now, these must-have features are included in all our latest entry-level, mid-level, and premium devices. And as we keep removing barriers to reading, we are excited for what’s to come in digital reading innovation.
There are a lot of users who only have tablets in their life for reading eBooks, Kobo are clearly aware of this and offering a very cost effective alternative for that demographic. The Kobo Clara HD is available now in Myer, JB Hifi and Angus & Robertson for $179.00 or via the Kobo Website.
With the slow and steady decline in tablet sales, how much market do you believe eReaders can pick up?