The Greatest Innovation in Reading — Ever

Thousands of years have passed since mankind invented the written word. In that time many innovations have further improved upon this ancient art, to the benefit of both reader and writer alike. For example:

  • Well before the birth of Christ, the Phoenicians and Greeks pioneered alphabets that allowed the common man to learn how to read and write with ease.
  • In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, ushering in the age of mass communication.
  • The 19th century witnessed the introduction of the paperback, a development which lowered the price of books considerably.
  • In the early 1990s Al Gore invented the internet paved the way for speedy and unlimited access to online reading materials.
  • On a simmering July day in 1994, Jeff Bezos launched, a service which now delivers affordable books all across the globe.

From scratchy letters carved in stone to books delivered to your doorstep overnight, reading has come a long way. Yet despite the indisputably brilliance of each and every one the above innovations, none can compare to that which I am about to show you.

For today, ladies and gentlemen, together we cross boldly into the final frontier of the written word: the shower.

Reading in the shower!

Thanks to the poutine-and-maple-syrup-fueled ingenuity of the engineers at Kobo, the shower, once the bane of book lovers everywhere, has finally become a safe haven for reading.

Kobo Aura H2O

Need an extra few minutes in the morning to catch up with your favorite novel? Waterproofed to withstand a half hour of liquid exposure, the Kobo Aura H2O is the answer you’ve been looking for.

You can even check in with John Osborne and friends during your daily rinse. Just search for my books in the Kobo store.

I took the Kobo plunge for Christmas and I’ve been reading on my Aura H2O every day since. Even without its revolutionary waterproofing the H2O would be a formidable e-reader.

So what are you waiting for? There’s room in my shower for two — hop on in!

Disclaimer: Kobo H2O does not protect your eyes from shampoo suds.

Disclaimer: Kobo H2O does not protect your eyes from the sting of shampoo suds

P.S. I always wear a t-shirt in the shower. Don’t even try to tell me you don’t.

Henry Olsen

Writer, adventurer, and humble servant of the universe since 1986.