May 30, 2018
  • RAKUTEN KOBO INC.

Rakuten Kobo Launches Kobo Clara HD: Its Newest Entry-Level, Feature-Rich eReader

- Ultra lightweight, HD reading display and premium ComfortLight PRO with blue-light reducing technology for $139.99 CAD -

TORONTO, ON (May 29, 2018) - Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading, today announced Kobo Clara HD, its newest eReader with a 6” HD display and built-in ComfortLight PRO offering the best reading experience any time, day or night.

What a paper reader will notice right away is the clarity of the words on the E Ink “page”, as well as the ability to read comfortably even in direct sunlight due to its anti-glare display. What they might not be used to, but will come to enjoy, is adjustable font sizes to make reading easier for tired eyes, a built-in dictionary for looking up those puzzling words without having to Google them, and the ability to have all their books with them all the time—for fitting reading into those unexpected parts of the day, like when waiting for a friend or on the daily commute. 

Kobo Clara HD will be available in black and will retail for $139.99 CAD (MSRP) in Canada at www.kobo.com, Indigo in-store and online at www.indigo.ca, and other select retailers, with pre-orders from May 29 to June 4, and in-store availability starting June 5. The device will also be available in France on June 1, and as of June 5 in the US, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Japan; Hong Kong in July; with Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico to follow later this year. 


REASONS TO BELIEVE IN KOBO CLARA HD 

Print-on-Paper Like Reading Experience

Kobo Clara HD offers a high-resolution, 300 ppi, HD Carta E Ink touchscreen that displays crisp-clear fonts to replicate a print on paper reading experience, which brings many benefits, including being easier on the eyes in comparison to LCD screens found in smartphones and tablets. What’s more, its anti-glare display allows for endless summer days of reading in direct sunlight.


Nighttime Reading Made Easy

For those who like to stay up past their bedtime, ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light exposure through the course of the day, so they can read even longer without it affecting their sleep. By setting a bedtime hour, the hue of the light mimics the sun’s natural progression (from a cooler to a warmer light). Readers can also choose to manually set the light settings based on personal preference. For Kobo Clara HD, the Kobo engineering team took the lighting design even further, to replicate a colour temperature that more closely reflects natural incandescent light sources when set at the warmer end of the spectrum; this was achieved by using a warm custom designed LED (2600K).

Experts have cautioned that devices in bed, and specifically the blue light from screens, can affect sleep quality. When ComfortLight PRO was introduced with the launch of Kobo Aura ONE, it received the seal of approval from Colleen Carney, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, who said devices that eliminate blue light work well for those who enjoy reading before bed. Find out more from Dr. Carney here.


Comfort is in the Hand of the (Be)holder

Books can be heavy! But not with Kobo Clara HD, Kobo’s smallest, thinnest, and lightest 6” display eReader yet, measuring 157 x 111 x 8.3 mm and weighing a mere industry-leading 166g. This means booklovers heading out on their daily commute or summer holidays can easily bring their entire library with them, no book left behind, thanks to its 8GB of storage (or up 6,000 eBooks). In addition, Kobo Clara HD page turns are 100ms faster than previous models.    


Personalized Reading Made Breezy

As no two booklovers are alike, Kobo offers a reading experience to suit any reader’s taste. TypeGenius offers customizable font options, which include exclusive weight and sharpness settings, with the choice of 11 font types and more than 50 font sizes. In addition, readers can adjust margins, highlight passages, write notes, and look up words with the built-in dictionary. With a world-class catalogue of more than 6 million titles available at Kobo.com, ranging from romance to thrillers, biographies and memoirs to business books, non-fiction to literary fiction—there are options for everyone—available directly from the device with a Wifi connection.

“Our main goal is to empower people to read more, whenever and wherever they want. We know technology of any kind can take a moment to get used to, but we have made eReading easy, and are convinced they will find they can fit reading into even more parts of their day, whether it’s waiting for the kids at soccer practice, during the lunch break, or during their daily commute. In past discussions with print loyalists, they told us they got used to using the eReader by day two or three, and most said they would use it as a complement to their existing reading life,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO, Rakuten Kobo.

Tamblyn continued: “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.”

About Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Clara HD, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading and audiobook listening app for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

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