Ukrainian e-reader manufacturer Pocketbook is about to launch an e-reader that’ll make your aquatic reading dreams come true. That’s right: the soon-to-be-released Pocketbook Aqua will be an e-reader you can read at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
News of the Aqua, which is likely set to start shipping in March 2014, was revealed in a leaked press release. Here are some details about the waterproof e-reader, from The Digital Reader:
“The Aqua will have a 6″ E-ink screen with a resolution of 600 x 800. It has a touchscreen but no frontlight, and it’s going to ship with 4GB Flash storage, Wifi. It will run Pocketbook’s reading software with its broad support for a variety of e-book formats.”
Reading in the bath has always been a challenge, even before e-readers came to town. (Soapy water and thin pieces of paper covered in ink don’t mix? Who knew!) For those of us who’d like to enjoy a leisurely soak with a glass of wine and a good mystery novel, the Aqua sounds like a dream come true. But will it function as advertised?
According to the leaked report obtained by The Digital Reader, yes. The Pocketbook Aqua will be IP57 certified, meaning it’s built to withstand submersion in a meter of water for 30 minutes. So if (for some reason) you decided to bring your e-reader to the bottom of your backyard swimming pool with you and attempted to read there, the Aqua would be up to the task. We don’t recommend it, though.
(via The Digital Reader)