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Think bigger with Rakuten Kobo’s latest eReader Kobo Elipsa 2E

April 05, 2023

With eco-conscious materials, an upgraded note-taking experience and equipped with the redesigned Kobo Stylus 2, Kobo Elipsa 2E is built for big thinkers to read, write and ideate, all on one device

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Toronto, ON – April 5, 2023 – Rakuten Kobo announces Kobo Elipsa 2E, a freshly upgraded digital reading and writing experience designed for readers who want to engage with their eBooks and expand on their ideas like never before. Bundled with the new and improved Kobo Stylus 2, Kobo Elipsa 2E is the ideal eReader to help you focus, explore your ideas and stay organized while you do it.

Rakuten Kobo’s in-house product designers and software developers hit the books and reimagined a best-in-class reading and writing package – Kobo Elipsa 2E. With a 10.3” glare-free E Ink touchscreen and ComfortLight PRO to reduce blue light and eyestrain, Kobo Elipsa 2E allows you to create and organize notebooks and seamlessly export them with integrated cloud services. Enjoy having your entire library and all your notes with you wherever you go thanks to the 32GB of storage and weeks of battery life on a single charge. Shift effortlessly from reading eBooks to listening to Kobo audiobooks with Bluetooth® wireless technology and feel good about your environmental footprint with Kobo Elipsa 2E’s 85 per cent recycled plastic exterior, including 10 per cent ocean-bound plastic.

“For over a decade, we have been innovating in the digital reading space with our best-in-class eReaders, expansive eBook and audiobook selection, and top-rated Kobo Apps. Kobo Elipsa 2E is the latest step in our journey to make reading lives better, bridging gaps between print and digital books, and offering an unparalleled reading experience,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO, Rakuten Kobo. “We understand that, for many of our valued customers, reading is more than words on a page. It is about engaging with ideas. Marking up, highlighting, capturing inspiration in infinite notebooks of almost magical capability using a versatile, intuitively-designed stylus – these are essential for capturing the thoughts and ideas that reading inspires.”

Tamblyn continued: “For avid nonfiction readers, eBooks have historically been an imperfect medium because they couldn’t mark up the text and engage with the content as effectively as with a print book. With the introduction of Kobo Stylus, we have solved that and with Kobo Elipsa 2E and our upgraded Kobo Stylus 2, we have created a superior reading experience for nonfiction fans.”

Enjoy a better and faster writing experience with the included Kobo Stylus 2. The ergonomically redesigned and rechargeable Kobo Stylus 2 allows you to easily wipe away mistakes with the eraser on the back and highlight those standout passages with the highlighter button. When not in use, conveniently store the stylus on Kobo Elipsa 2E magnetically. Make highlights, underline, write in the margins and take comfort that you will always see your annotations, even if you change the font size or page layout, because of Kobo’s patented markup technology.

Protect your Kobo Elipsa 2E with the eco-friendly Kobo Elipsa 2E SleepCover. Made with 97 per cent recycled plastic, including 10 per cent ocean-bound plastic, the SleepCover is made from plastic that would otherwise become landfill and ocean waste. The Kobo Elipsa 2E SleepCover, available in Black, saves battery life by putting your eReader to sleep when you close it and, with its magnetic design, easily snaps on to your eReader and stores your Kobo Stylus 2.

Kobo Elipsa 2E, complete with Kobo Stylus 2, will retail for $499.99 CAD at www.kobo.com/ereaders and select retailers. Pre-orders will be available on April 5. The device will be available in stores and online as of April 19 in Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and Turkey.

Get to know Kobo Elipsa 2E

Turning the page on single-use plastic

With the launch of Kobo Elipsa 2E, Kobo is continuing its commitment to providing unparalleled eReading devices built with certified recycled materials whenever possible while meeting technical product requirements. The exterior of Kobo Elipsa 2E is made with more than 85 per cent recycled plastic, including 10 per cent ocean-bound plastic—abandoned plastic waste that is otherwise on its way to our oceans. The formula used for the recycled plastics in Kobo Elipsa 2E is internationally certified and meets rigorous international standards for recycled materials in consumer goods. Beyond the device, our packaging is magnet-free, made with FSC-certified recycled paper and printed with soy ink—one of the most eco-conscious and renewable printing processes currently available.

Intuitive Kobo Stylus 2 experience

With Kobo Elipsa 2E and Kobo Stylus 2, you can mark up, highlight and jot notes in your eBooks and PDFs* with ease, making reading and marking up nonfiction titles, essays or assignments a breeze. With pressure sensitivity mimicking a ballpoint pen, Kobo Stylus 2 is completely customizable - choose the pen type, shade, line size and eraser size that suits your needs - so you can write directly on the page, just like a pen on paper.

*PDFs with digital rights management or permission limitations are not compatible with markups or annotations

Notebooks and free-form notes as individual as you are

Kobo Elipsa 2E’s built-in notebook feature has room for all your notes, ideas and to-do lists. With the handwriting experience powered by MyScript, transform your handwriting to typed text with just a tap. Seamlessly navigate to the My Notebooks section to create and manage your notebooks. Choose a notebook template, keep your notes grouped in folders and never worry about sorting through your notebooks to look for something, with the handy Search function that will help you find just what you are looking for by keyword.

Keep it all in the cloud

Sign into Dropbox (or Google Drive, coming soon) to easily import documents and export your personal notebooks to share. You can also see all your notebooks on kobo.com. Plus, Kobo Elipsa 2E is compatible with the third-party service Readwise and allows you to sync your annotations to tools like Notion, Roam, Evernote and more*.

*Readwise is a paid service

Read comfortably in any light with ComfortLight PRO

The eReader features Kobo's built-in ComfortLight PRO adjustable brightness and temperature control, so readers can enjoy their books from day to night with ease and choose their own light setting based on personal preference. Simply adjust the brightness of your screen and blue light control—changing colour temperature to give your eyes a break—to limit eye strain and let you read well into the night, without affecting your sleep. ComfortLight PRO changes the levels of blue light throughout the day to ensure you aren’t kept awake at night. Kobo Elipsa 2E also comes with a Dark Mode option for white text on black.

Enjoy the benefits of seamless library integration

Readers can borrow eBooks from most local public libraries right from their device with built-in one-touch OverDrive access. Set-up is easy and free with a library card. Through the integrated catalogue, booklovers can search for the title they want, and depending on local library availability, choose to borrow from OverDrive or buy through the 24/7 Kobo eBookstore. OverDrive integration is available on all of Kobo’s current eReaders in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

*Readers can make notes in eBooks borrowed through OverDrive, but notes will not stay on the eReader after the eBook is returned to the library

Stress-free reading, no matter the device with the help of the Kobo App

Extend your reading experience with the free Kobo App for your smartphone or tablet—ensuring your library is always with you, even when your eReader isn’t handy. We remember where you last bookmarked a page, so you can pick up where you left off and never lose your place, no matter which device you choose.

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About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is the world’s digital bookseller created by and for booklovers. Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten Group, Inc. and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo’s millions of worldwide users can read anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With a mission to make reading lives better for all, Rakuten Kobo connects readers to stories using thoughtful and personalized curation of eBooks and audiobooks, and the best dedicated eReaders and apps for reading. With the singular focus of making reading lives the best they can be, Kobo’s open platform allows people to fit reading into more moments in their busy lives.

To learn more about Rakuten Kobo, visit www.kobo.com.

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