Inside the Kobo Aura

kobo aura fccKobo’s newest ereader showed up on the FCC website about a month before it launched, but I couldn’t show you much at the time because the most interesting details were under an embargo.

That embargo expired a few days ago, and I can know offer you an inside look at the Kobo Aura.

Unfortunately I cannot offer a good look; the teardown photos posted on the FCC website are incomplete. They stopped before getting to the point of disassembling the screen and the front panel, but I did notice one interesting change.

kobo aura fcc

The new Aura lacks the internal microSD card slot found on some of Kobo’s other ereaders, which might make it a little less appealing to hack. But other than that it largely the same components as any other ereader: a battery, circuit board, microSD card slot, and an E-ink screen.

This ereader is expected to ship next week, with a retail of $149. It’s equipped with 4GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, Wifi, and runs Kobo’s proprietary software on a 1GHz CPU.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Jason10 September, 2013

    Me thinks that the Aura will retail for $149…not $139.
    I wish though…

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