You can now pre-order the Kobo Aura One and Aura

Kobo_aura_oneTwo weeks ago, I wrote about the details on Kobo’s two upcoming  e-readers, the Kobo Aura One and the Aura Edition 2. Both e-readers are now available for pre-order at the Kobo store.

The Kobo Aura One features a 300 ppi 7.8″ Carta E Ink screen with 8GB of memory. It has an enhanced IPX8 rating making it waterproof for up to 60 minutes in two meters of water. It also features a lighting system called ComfortLight PRO which allows for adjustment of the front-lighting and includes an orange nighttime reading light to cut down on blue light emissions which can interfere with sleep. It also directly integrates OverDrive library software with the Kobo store.

The Aura One retails for $229.99 and includes free shipping for pre-orders.

The Kobo Aura Edition 2 has a 212 ppi 6″ Carta E Ink screen, 4GB of memory and ComfortLight adjustable front-lighting (without the orange nighttime reading light). The e-reader seems to be a newer version of the Aura HD.

The Aura Edition 2 will retail for $119.99 and includes free shipping for pre-orders.

I am very interested in the Aura One because of the Overdrive library integration, although I really don’t want a bigger e-reader. I am going to watch this one to see what the reviews are like once the Overdrive component goes live.

What about you? Are you interested in either of new Kob e-readers? If you get one, please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Daily Links and Deals: Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers?

daily_links_1Today, an article that asks if consumer tech products are meeting the needs of baby boomers. Also, some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are exploding and it looks like the end of the line for Google’s Nexus. In deals, a Samsung Virtual Reality headset.

Daily Links for day, August 31, 2016:

The end of Nexus: This year’s Google phones to forge new path (Android Central) It seems that this is the end of the line for the Nexus branding.

Sling used to say it wasn’t promoting cord cutting. Now it’s running cord-cutting ads. (Recode) This showcases both a change in strategy for the company and the always delightful Danny Trejo.

Has consumer tech forgotten the baby boomers? (Recode) An interesting look at the particular tech needs of this age group.

Samsung halting some Galaxy Note 7 shipments following multiple user device explosions (9 to 5 Google) Um, you might want to hold off on upgrading for a bit…. Especially as there are stories about the phones mysteriously cracking inside bags.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Epic: Legends of Fantasy (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) edited by John Joseph Adams. With contributions from George R R Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

In Today’s Deals, the Samsung Gear VR – Virtual Reality Headset (US Version with Warranty).

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is your choice of three history books for $1.99 each. The Romance Daily Find is Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins. The Extra Daily Deal is Friends With Benefits Box Set (Books 1-3) (Friends With Benefits Series) by Luke Young.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Show Dog by Josh Dean.

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.