Kobo Libra H2O, the all-rounder of eReaders with which you will read wherever you go

Let's go back to year 2006 , year in which they did appearance of the first eReaders, those devices with which we could read thousands and thousands of books anywhere with a single device. And it is that a technological blow was necessary in the world of reading after we saw that same transition in the music and video markets with the devices that allowed us to consume digital content. Sony was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon, but we soon began to see all the brands following suit.

Electronic ink was here to stay, ink that allowed us to read without getting tired of our eyes and that allowed devices great autonomy. And precisely today we want to bring you the new Kobo, the new Kobo Libra H2O eReader. A new device from the library of the Japanese Rakuten with which We can read wherever we go without fear that the device will get wet. We have tried it and we already tell you that it is very worth it. After the jump we give you all the details ...

Kobo Libra H2O, the waterproof eReader that recovers the physical buttons

The Kobo Libra H2O has a storage capacity of up to 6000 books, all depending on the size of these, more than enough capacity taking into account studies that affirm that on average we can read in our life an average of between 2000 and 4000 books in our whole life.

The guys at Kobo needed to increase the screen of the Kobo Aura H2O, and they have. The Kobo Libra H2O comes with a 7 inch, a perfect screen to read all the eBooks we want. And as we tell you, it is raincoat. Okay, you don't have to get into a pool to read, but the truth is that protection against water is very interesting in environments where the device can get wet. I can think of moments when we are outdoors reading and some drops of rain begin to fall, or if we are in the surroundings of a pool or beach.

The design changes with respect to the Kobo Aura H2O, and brings a design very similar to the Kobo Forma, the company's leading eReader. While it is true that it does not have a frameless design, the Kobo Libra H2O, brings the same physical buttons on the Kobo Forma that will allow us to turn the page, or return to the previous one, in an easier way than touching the touch screen (anti-reflective and with a resolution of 300 PPI) of the device. This is something that I liked a lot since trying other eReaders was something that I missed due to how sensitive the touch screens are. A screen that by the way has a adjustable front light that even takes on a sepia tone so that our eyesight is not fatigued in low light environments.

Move through the book without losing the common thread

La Device UX, the software it moves on, is fine, without good it is true that you can always improve. Moving the device the screen rotates, something very interesting although Kobo needs to polish the answer it gives a bit. The same goes for the interaction of the menus, it works fine but I think that with firmware updates it will improve.

One of the novelties of this Kobo Libra H2O is a new way of navigation in the reading interface. There are books that do not have a beginning and an end, or rather, that allow you to change the reading order because a consultation of previous or future pages can be good. For this, the Kobo Libra H2O shows us a timeline with which we can navigate through the book, we can make up to 3 jumps in the book and then return to the point where we are. Something quite useful in certain books that I really liked.

White, the trendy color for eReaders

The new Kobo Libra H2O we can get it in black and white, a color that they tell us has been rescued from old models by popular demand. And it is that not everything has to be black ... A device color that we can combine with four options of Sleep Covers, or device covers in black, gray, pink, and aqua blue (perfect color for the Kobo Libra H2O white).

Books or your favorite articles thanks to Pocket

We like to read, but not only books… We live in the world of consumption, and there are more and more blogs or media that we read in our day to day life and Kobo Libra H2O is the perfect device to consume these types of items. 

Thanks to its integration with Pocket, we will only have to save any article that we see on our computer or mobile device in the popular reading list service, then it will be automatically downloaded to our Kobo Libra H2O and we will see a simplified version of the article without any ads that bother us. All this with the reading advantages that an eReader offers us.

Kobo, the virtual library that came from the physical world

As its name suggests, this Kobo Libra H2O comes from the family Kobo, an online bookstore that has its origins in a Canadian physical bookstore who knew how to make the transition to the virtual world. Up to 6000 books and audiobooks are what we can find in the Kobo store, quite competitive figures without knowing what your main competitor has since it does not give data on the number of books they have.

And one of the things that I liked the most about Kobo is that they offer the possibility to new writers, or not so new, to self-publish your own eBooks without going through a publisher. A new business model that makes it easier and easier to tell stories and make them known.

Buy the new Kobo Libra H2O

You can get this new Kobo Libra H2o through the main retailer of Rakuten Kobo in Spain, Fnac, or on the Kobo website. Today it has been put on sale for a price of $179,99, a price that if we compare it with its counterpart (with exactly the same characteristics) of the online sales giant, the Amazon Kindle Oasis, is quite competitive since it is 70 euros lower.

So now you know, do we recommend it? yes. Is it a good device to read our favorite books wherever we go? yes. If you are looking for an eReader with which you can read at the pool, on the beach, in bed, or in a cafeteria, the Koko Libra H2O is your perfect eReader.


  • Protective covers are not included in the price
  • Plastic can suffer from possible falls
  • The software could be improved


  • Waterproof and submersible
  • Physical buttons are back on the touch eReader market
  • New navigation mode in the reading interface
  • Great autonomy

Coffee Libra H2O
  • Editor's rating
  • 4.5 star rating
  • 80%

  • Integrated
    Publisher: 90%
  • Screen
    Publisher: 90%
  • Performance
    Publisher: 80%
  • Autonomy
    Publisher: 100%
  • Portability (size / weight)
    Publisher: 80%
  • Price quality
    Publisher: 80%

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