Kobo Libra 2 is a new e-reader with audiobook support
The Kobo Libra 2 is a brand new e-reader with a lot of really cool features. It supports Bluetooth for wireless headphones or an external speaker, as this device has the option to purchase audiobooks from the Kobo bookstore. It also has physical page change buttons, in addition to a capacitive touchscreen, so users will have the option of using either.
The Libra 2 has a 7-inch E INK Carta 1200 display with a resolution of 1264 × 1680 with 300 PPI. This is the same type of electronic paper technology that Kobo Sage and Kobo Elipsa use. Basically this gives a 20% increase in response time and a 15% improvement in contrast ratio. It has white and amber LED lights, to provide a hot candle effect.
Under the hood is a 1GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. It has a USB-C port for charging the device and a respectable 1500mAH battery. You will be able to connect to the Kobo bookstore, Overdrive and access Pocket via WIFI. It has Bluetooth 5.1 to connect a pair of headphones to listen to audiobooks. It’s unclear if Overdrive will support audiobooks, but this article will be updated when I find out. This device is waterproof with an IPX8 rating, so it can be submerged in fresh water for up to 60 minutes and to a depth of 2 meters. This e-reader is perfect for the tub, the beach, or any place where there is water nearby.
The Kobo Libra 2 supports 12 different fonts and 50 different font sizes. You can download your own ebooks or purchase them from Kobo. It supports EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, FlePUB, MOBI, CBR and CBZ. You cannot upload your own audiobooks, the only format it will read are purchased ones.
This e-reader is available for pre-order for CA $ 219 or US $ 179.99. Preorders are available today and it will be available to ship on October 19. It is on this date that it will also be available in retail stores, such as Chapters Indigo. There are two colors available, black and white.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.