The Kobo Clara2E e-reader is waterproof and made from recycled plastic

If you’re looking for an e-reader that doesn’t fall under the umbrella of Amazon or Apple, Kobo is a solid choice. The company today introduced the Clara2E, the successor to the affordable 6-inch Clara e-reader it launched in 2018. The new model is waterproof and features a cover that is made from 85 percent recycled plastic, which the company says makes the most “environmentally conscious” e-reader (for comparison, the 2021 Paperwhite is made from 60 percent recycled plastic and 70 percent recycled magnesium). Kobo says it plans to source the material for the Clara 2E from plastic bottles found in the ocean, along with CDs and DVDs from landfills. At $130, the Clara2E is cheaper than Kobo’s other waterproof models and more compact.

Similar to the previous Clara, the Clara2E also has a 6-inch screen and a blue light reduction feature known as ComfortLightPRO. It has an upgraded HD E Ink Carta 1200 glare-free display and dark mode, making it adaptable for both outdoor and late-night reading. It comes with 16GB of storage (about twice as much as the original Clara) and is Bluetooth-enabled, making it easy to listen to audiobooks.

The Clara2E won’t go on sale until September 22, but you can reserve one now on Kobo’s website. The e-reader will be sold in Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.

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