“Traditionally” is an odd word to associate with modern technology, but traditionally, eBook readers have been small, mimicking the paperback size, but if you fancied a bigger book, you were out of electronic luck. Kobo has stepped up to fill that void, however, with a product that offers up an almost 7 inch screen.

It’s called the Aura HD, and it’s available in three colours with one of the highest resolution monochrome electronic ink screens on the market, supporting a resolution of 1440×1080 on a 6.8 inch eInk touchscreen.

There’s 4GB of storage inside, capable of storing books in ePub formats, as well as PDF, pictures, text files, and even comic book zips and rars (CBZ, CBR), with access to Kobo’s online store for purchasing, or just move your own files across from a computer. Connection options include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and microUSB, to make this possible.

Also included is Kobo’s answer to front-lighting technology called “ComfortLight,” which makes it possible to read in nearly any lighting condition with an even distribution of white light.

“To us, the Kobo Aura HD is the Porsche of eReaders and is designed for those in the driver’s seat of their eReading adventures,” said Wayne White, General Manager of Devices for Kobo.

“It’s fast, powerful, and sleek and pushes the boundaries of eReading the same way our readers do – together, they’ll know no bounds as they find their next great read.”

 

Kobo’s big screen Aura HD eReader will be available at Australian retailers in June where it will be sold for $219.99 RRP.