Pocketbook Aqua Waterproof eReader Officially Launches, Will Cost $194

pocketbook-aqua-e-book-reader-wasserfest-1lPocketbook has officially launched their new dust and water-resistant ereader, and they're charging more than I would be willing to pay for it given its limited features and minimal water protection. This ebook reader is scheduled to be unveiled later this month at the Salon du Livre  in Paris, and it has a projected retail price of 6990 rubles or 109 euros, depending on the market.

When the Pocketbook Aqua leaked last month, I was less than sure that the technical details were accurate or complete. Now that we have the official press release I can confirm that this ereader has a low-resolution E-ink screen, 4GB of storage, Wifi, a touchscreen, but no frontlight or microSD card slot.

It's also lacking any type of page turn buttons, which were probably dropped from the design in order to simplify the design and make it easier to waterproof it. This is also why there's no microSD card slot.

The Aqua is also known as the Pocketbook 640, and it runs Pocketbook's software on a 1GHz CPU with 256MB RAM. It's going to ship with a broad selection of dictionaries, including quite a few translation dictionaries for Russian, Ukrainian, and European languages. And like Pocketbook's other ebook readers, the Aqua will offer support for a number of ebook formats, including Epub and PDF.

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The Aqua has already been announced for the Russian market, where it will cost 6990 rubles, and for the German market, where it will cost 109 euros. The latter price converts to $149 USD, which is not terribly unreasonable for the market.

Just to give you a comparison, I can get a Kindle Paperwhite that was waterproofed by WaterFi for $219. This firm offers an after market service which waterproof mobile electronics, and they've been selling the KPW since May 2013.

WaterFi guarantees their work to a depth of 200 feet, which is a far higher standard than what Pocketbook promises for the Aqua. That ereader is only certified for the IP57 standard, meaning that it can be submerged in up to a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

P.S. On a related note, it looks like there is a good chance that the Earl back-country tablet will indeed make its way into user's hands; according to the latest updates its development is progressing, albeit slowly. This device has a ruggedized shell and a flexible 6" E-ink screen,  making it a much better choice for anyone who plans to use it in unsafe situations. Of course, it is also up for pre-order for $300, but you get what you pay for.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Pocketbook Aqua Waterproof eReader Officially Launches, Will Cost $194

  1. Wow, 109€ including taxes gives $194 without? The Euro must be really strong today 😉

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