Kobo Aura Edition 2 Ships on 30 August, Costs $119

kobo aura edition 2The Aura One is getting all the press today, but it’s not the only new ereader Kobo is launching today.

Kobo is also launching a mid-range model, the Aura Edition 2. This ereader costs about $10 less than the Kobo Glo HD, and is the worst for it.

The Aura Edition 2 is about the same size and weight as the Glo HD. Both have a 6″ Carta E-ink screen, frontlight, and touchscreen, and they run the same software, but they aren’t quite the same device.

Launched last year, the Kobo Glo HD has a 300 ppi screen just like the one on the Paperwhite, Oasis, and Voyage. The Aura Edition 2, on the other hand, has a lower resolution 212 ppi display (1024 x 758 screen resolution).

This is one of those ereaders which I really can’t see why anyone would buy. For an extra $10 you can get a much sharper screen and the exact same software features.

Sure, I was disappointed by the Glo HD’s hardware when I reviewed it last year, but it is still a better value than the Aura Edition 2 (what a stupid name).


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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. Robert17 August, 2016

    FINALLY, an E-ink device with a warm light. I will definitely pick up one of these. Hopefully this will goad Amazon into putting one in their next Kindle.

    1. Robert17 August, 2016

      Looks like the warmer light in only on the $229 Aura ONE:

    2. poiboy17 August, 2016

      agreed! a warm light on a new kindle voyage (or a better built oasis) would be quite nice. 🙂

  2. poiboy17 August, 2016

    so, my kindle voyage: weights 50g less; has the same 300ppi; bigger ebook eco-system; vastly better customer service; and better structured screen. while that kobo natural light, storage and font selection seems nice, i don’t think i will want one.

    1. poiboy17 August, 2016

      it is a lovely product intro video from kobo..
      i guess i’ll just have to wait for the reviews. lol

  3. Will O'Neil17 August, 2016

    Looks as if it might be big enough to make a good PDF reader. If so, that will sell one to me.

  4. Nate Hoffelder17 August, 2016

    I don’t want to sound critical, but i don’t understand how all these comments are being left on a post about a 6″ ereader which reference the larger 7.8″ ereader.

    I think I’ll close this comment section. That should fix it.

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