Reading By the Water.
Wandering through life one often finds oneself near or in some sort of water body – be it bath, babbling brook, creek, stream, river, pond, lake, sea, ocean or even a dam. Water is one of the most soothing things on earth. And reading by it sends the reader into another consciousness.
Often when strolling I don’t want to carry much. A bottle of water will do me. But carrying books can not only be awkward but the books can get damaged. I hate mistreating books. So a walk on the water side, a leisurely rest on the way and a great book on your very portable Kobo eReader is a fantastic way to relax the day away.
Kobo has now upgraded its Aura H2O to Aura H2O Edition 2. Overall they are very similar but the Edition 2 has the great new features of the Aura One.
The Kobo H2O Personality
|Product||Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2|
|Cost||$285 Australian (includes sleep cover). Check Kobo for current price.|
|Pros||Refer Pros below|
|Cons||Refer Cons below|
|Rank:||9.5 out of 10|
|Guarantee||Limited one year warranty (Country consumer conditions apply)|
|Specifications||Check out product specifications|
- The price is the same as the original H2O.
- The screen is larger and therefore holds more words and reduces page turns.
- The eReader is slightly smaller than the Aura H2O (original) and therefore lighter.
- The eReader features the new ComfortLight Pro first featured in the Kobo Aura One. This not only allows manual light determination but also automatic setting depending on the ambient light. The system counteracts blue light so your night reading has minimum blue light therefore less impact on eyes. The screen also minimises glare during sunlight.
- The design and waterproofing level has been increased to remove the need for a cover over the micro USB connector.
- The memory has been doubled so a micro SD card is no longer needed. Doubled memory means double the amount of books you can carry around!
- The type of water proofing means that the book can be be submerged for the longer period of 60 minutes and to a depth of 2 metres. Better get a good snorkel!
- Borrowing or buying books from some non-Kobo shops can now be done as long as these are partners of Kobo. When you have your Kobo eReader and account, contact the partner and they will provide you with an email and the instructions to transfer all your books into your kobo account. Please note that it is still unclear if all Kobo eReaders can accommodate this action. I am pursuing this information.
- Borrowing books from a library. Indications are that this can still be done however you might need to install a program called overdrive on your computer. I haven’t yet found a complete answer to this but am going to!The public library needs to have the option for eBooks. You only need the subscription from the public library you want to borrow books from.
- I expect someone has one or two cons but I have none.
How to Relax Near the Beach and Anywhere Else
The Kobo eReaders are of a very robust construction and are further protected by the eReaders Sleep Cover.
The sleep cover is really a must because it not only provides this extra protection but also allows you to set an idling time limit before the eReader puts itself into sleep mode. And this does help lessen the power usage. Not an urgent requirement for light readers but very important to we total book worms.
Back to the ease of taking along my eReader. The H2O Ed 2, as do the other 2 current Kobo models (Kobo Aura One and Aura Edition 2), fits in my pockets (I did check this and if you have little pockets get some bigger ones – just in case). And basically standard books don’t fit.
Just remember where you put it and don’t sit on it! Although I have and it was fine. It’s only your bum that may get bruised!
Reading for Pleasure or to Learn
Maybe you are reading for both. One post reader asked about writing notes. With a book he always carried a pencil. Yes the Kobo eReaders allow notes and bookmarks.
The bookmark is the same as the old ‘dog eared’ corner of a page. You do it by tapping the top right hand corner. My problem with this is I always turn my paper book pages on the top right. So I get many Kobo dog ears unintentionally. However that is easy to clear too.
I have put two images here to illustrate how you can add notes via your PC and how to add on the eReader.
Add notes on your eReader
To write a note select the item/s you wish to place a note about. Do that by pressing these until they are underlined. (Note the circle at each end of the underline. You can drag these to cover more text if you wish.)
This opens both a dictionary and a menu box with a pencil icon (to add a note or to highlight), a search icon (to search in the book or, if you are connected to the net, eg in Wikipedia or Google) and two lines forming a triangle icon with three dots (connects to FaceBook). I don’t usually use these so I had to experiment just now.
Then you can click on Add Note and a clean page and keyboard (not shown but underneath the menu) open. So you can type away to your heart’s content.
Then of course click on Save.
Add Notes via Your PC
This method looks slightly different. The top red stretched circle is the highlighted word. The second one is highlight on the drop down menu.
There we have the blue stretched circle that is Add Notes on the menu. The second is where you type in your notes.
The purple words are the other features mentioned mentioned in the notes to eReader section.
And again of course click on Save!
Both bookmarks and notes are accessed via the annotation button on the lower menu.
A great feature of this is you don’t keep losing pens or pencils!
I have been seeing information that eReaders are becoming less popular as books make a come back. I don’t know how true this is but here is something to know.
Many books, including very good ones, have gone out of print. Who knows for what reason but one can assume that people are no longer interested. Now that is pretty assuming as lots of people have never had the opportunity to see these books so don’t know what they are missing. Another reason may be the overwhelming number of books.
There is a group out there called SF Gateway that is resurrecting these books; more and more as time goes by. As these are in electronic format storage is no longer a problem.
So remember this very wonderful feature of eReaders, including Kobo.
I was discussing the eReader with an acquaintance who is even more into reading than me and this is saying a great deal. His words of ‘boy I like this eReader’ were:
‘The H20 2nd edition is a cracker having comfort light pro (derived from the flagship Aura One) to help all of us who would otherwise read away into the small hours. Also with twice as much on board memory than the original H2O you can store twice as many books, it can go twice as deep under water (for errrr… underwater readers!) and is slightly smaller and lighter despite same size screen… and will be at the same price point which is great news.
So what are you waiting for. Go and get this wonderful, versatile eReader, go find a picturesque water scene and relax into reading.
Oh and by the way once you get to Kobo via this link make sure you check out the Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 Sleep Cover. Your path to extra protection and power savings.