Waterproof eReaders Currently on the Market

Waterproof eReaders Currently on the Market e-Reading Hardware

Amazon has popularized waterproof ereaders, but they are far from the first company to release one. Over the past 4 years quite a few ereaders have been released by a bunch of companies.

The first official release of a waterproof ereader came from Pocketbook, followed by Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and finally Amazon last October.

Here's a list of ereaders that are currently available in various markets around the world.

 

Amazon

Amazon's flagship ereader, the Kindle Oasis 2, is the first Kindle to have a 7" screen and it is also the first Kindle to be released with waterproofing. It has an IPx8 rating, meaning it is certified for up to 60 minutes immersion in up to 2 meters of water.

Netronix

Netronix makes several waterproof ereaders, including a couple models for Kobo and the previous Nook model.

Barnes & Noble’s last Nook model, the Glowlight Plus, is waterproof and has an IP67 rating. It’s still available on Amazon for $119 (new) and $104 (refurb). B&N sells refurbished units for $79.

Kobo also carries a couple waterproof ereaders made by Netronix. The Kobo Aura One features a 7.8" screen. It has waterproof guts that give it an IPx8 rating, meaning it is certified for up to 60 minutes immersion in up to 2 meters of water.

The Kobo Aura H2O 2 has a smaller 6.8" screen and the same IPx8 rating as the Aura One. Kobo also used to sell the Aura H2O. It had a waterproof shell, but is no longer available.

Waterfi

Watefi is a company that sells waterproofed electronics. They crack open the device, seal the electronics, and then close up the shell, taking such care that you wouldn't even notice it had been opened - until you dunk the gadget in water.

Waterfi sells a waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for $199. It comes with a 1 year warranty and has an IPX8 rating.

Pocketbook

The Pocketbook Aqua 2 is the second waterproof model from this Ukrainian ereader maker. It has an IP57 rating and can handle being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

Tolino

Tolino has 2 waterproof ereaders, including the 7.8" Epic and the 6" Vision 4HD. Both devices have waterproof guts covered in HZO, giving them protection for 30 minutes of immersion at a depth of 1 meter.

Onyx

This Chinese ereader maker is selling at least one waterproof ereader, the Robinson Crusoe. It has a 6" E-ink screen, and its internal components have been sealed with a coating of HZO.

The Robinson Crusoe is only available in Russia.

About Nate Hoffelder (9974 Articles)
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."

2 Comments on Waterproof eReaders Currently on the Market

  1. I slipped my first kindle into a zip-lock bag, could read/use it just fine … 😉

  2. I’m lusting after the Oasis, more for the 7-inch screen than the waterproof thing, but kudos to Onyx for coming up with a great name for a waterproof e-reader.

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