Kobo launches what it claims is "the only premium eReader on the market" at the London Book Fair-- the Aura HD, an eReader with a 6.9-inch 1440x1080 (265ppi) resolution display.
Such resolution makes it superior to the Kindle Paperwhite's 212ppi 6-inch offering. The AuraHD is also supposedly the fastest at turning pages, thanks to a Freescale processor, and carries 4GB of internal storage.
The launch comes at an unusual time, seeing how eReader sales are waning even as eBook sales grow steadily. According to IDC the device category will begin a "gradual and permanent decline" from 2015 before it is wholly replaced by tablets.
However Kobo owner Rakuten has high hopes for the device-- the company plans to extend its deals with brick-and-mortar retailers, and should launch an app store on Summer 2013.
The Aura HD will be available from May 2013.
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