Rakuten Kobo has announced the launch of its eReaders (Kobo Clara 2E, Kobo Nia, Kobo Libra 2, and Kobo Sage) and Malaysian-language bookstore. A strategic partnership with Ingram Micro Malaysia, a global distributor and enabler of technology solutions, as well as key retailers throughout Malaysia, is part of the launch.

Malaysian book lovers now have access to millions of eBooks and audiobooks on the Kobo website, including tens of thousands of titles in Chinese, Malay, and Tamil – making it simple for booklovers to build digital libraries stocked with all their favourite titles, including bestsellers like A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder, Crazy Rich Asians, and 鯨吞億萬.

Furthermore, the collaboration introduces the entire Kobo eReader lineup: the 6-inch Kobo Nia, the 7-inch Kobo Libra 2, the 8-inch Kobo Sage, and the newest addition to the family, the Kobo Clara 2E, which offers a more eco-conscious way to read and listen. The Kobo Clara 2E is Kobo’s most environmentally friendly device to date, with an exterior made of 85% recycled plastic—including 10% ocean-bound plastic.

The Kobo Clara 2E is Kobo’s first 6-inch waterproof (up to two metres) eReader and includes Bluetooth wireless technology for listening to Kobo Audiobooks. The Kobo Clara 2E has a battery life that can last “weeks” with 16GB of internal storage, capable of storing 12,000 eBooks or 75 Kobo Audiobooks.

Kobo Clara 2E price and availability

The new Kobo Clara 2E is priced at RM699 and will be available in Malaysia through authorised distributors beginning in early September, while the Kobo Nia, Kobo Libra 2, and Kobo Sage are priced at RM499, RM929, and RM1,299, respectively.

Kobo eReaders are now available on the Kobo website and key retailers including Mono Digital, All IT Hypermarket, Flash Gadgets, Quantum Gadgets, Popular Malaysia, and SMB + Enterprise.

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