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Exactly how waterproof is the Kobo H2O e-reader? Find out before you hit the beach
May 24, 2015 | 8:02 pm

AuraH2O_lifestyle_largeSeveral decades ago Arthur C. Clarke reminded a friend and me that e-book devices might develop amnesia if dropped in the bathtub. Well, time passes. I myself own a dandy waterpoof case for my Kindle Paperwhite. And I keep up with the Kobo world through a waterproof Aura H20. But wait! Exactly how waterproof is the H2O itself? The issue isn’t as simple as giving the H2O a quick dunk. How long will it be underwater? At what depth? I’ll leave such questions to braver souls in regard to the $180 Kobo. I was fine with dropping a $90 Paperwhite refurb...

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan. 9
January 3, 2015 | 2:52 pm

Amazon CEO Jeff BezosUpdate: See the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial Jan. 9 deadline and a link to the FCC's easy comment form. You need to submit formally. Please e-mail the FCC ASAP. The agency deals with accessibility matters and will soon make an important accessibility decision affecting Kindles along with other e-readers. Don’t delay! For years, I’ve been publicly begging Amazon to stop muting its E Ink machines and restore text to speech in the future. I may even have been the first commentator to break the news about the Paperwhite’s lack of TTS. This isn’t mere rhetoric. I sold my...

Pocket for Kobo: A Quick How-To and Review
December 3, 2013 | 12:15 pm

pocket for koboMy Kobo Glo updated itself last night and I immediately noticed a new feature: integration with Pocket, a web clipping app which allows you to save web pages, articles and so on to read offline. Setting Up Pocket for Kobo Once you've saved something on one device (such as a phone or computer) you can sync it to any device on which you have it installed. There was a bit of work involved in actually getting this 'installing' done on my iOS devices once I had committed to the whole thing, so I appreciated how slick and seamless it was on the...

Kobo Developers Stress Not to Upgrade to Kobo Touch 2.1.1 Firmware
September 13, 2012 | 10:29 am

From Good E-Reader: Official Kobo Developers have told [Good E-Reader] today that they are discouraging people from updating to the latest firmware for the Kobo Touch. The new 2.1.1 firmware was leaked online and a number of users have installed it. There are various bugs with cover art and fonts in ebooks. If you have already installed the update via the Kobo Desktop Software or pushed via Wi-Fi, the build you have is safe. If you have sideloaded it using the USB cable, you might want to downgrade to the previous version....

Rakuten insists hidden reviews were of premature version of Kobo Touch service
July 27, 2012 | 11:41 pm

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder discusses Rakuten’s response to those who noticed it has chosen to hide all consumer reviews of its Kobo Touch e-reader from Japan. Rakuten claims that a version of its site and service leaked before the actual launch date, so the reviews were of a product that was not actually meant to be reviewed yet. However, Hoffelder points out that this doesn’t explain all the problems brought up in the poor reviews, such as Rakuten launching with less than 2/3 of the Japanese-language titles it promised to have available, or overall poor customer service...

Rakuten removes all Japanese customer reviews of Kobo Touch from its website
July 26, 2012 | 8:10 pm

Over at The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder has coverage of the Kobo Touch’s launch in Japan, which seems to have turned into something of a debacle. Bad reviews of the device were posted so prevalently to Rakuten’s website that it finally removed all reviews, both good and bad, from its site. Customers reported problems with buggy desktop software, lack of availability of Japanese titles, and unresponsive touchscreens. Nate writes: Folks, they took the reviews down from the website so new customers wouldn’t be warned about the many problems. I want you to look past the...

Kobo sells refurbished Kobo Wi Fi for $49
December 13, 2011 | 11:48 am

eBookNewser reports that Kobo is selling $49 refurbished units of its Kobo Wi Fi reader, the non-touch-capable e-ink reader that it sold before the Kobo Touch. That’s a savings of $40 over list price. The reader appears to come with Kobo’s one-year standard warranty. I bought one of these readers when it was $60 at Borders’s going-out-of-business sale, and my Dad liked it so much he had me grab one for him, too and set it up for him (and now he uses it all the time). If you’re not interested in buying e-books from Amazon or Barnes...

Kobo will ship $99.99 ad-supported version of Kobo Touch e-reader
November 12, 2011 | 11:06 pm

kobotouchWhen I first pointed out that Amazon was moving the price goal posts of its e-readers by referring to the with-ads price as the default rather than the ad-free price, I wondered whether other e-book sellers would be able to follow suit. Now it seems that one has. Kobo will knock $40 off the price of its $139.99 Kobo Touch e-reader for readers who are willing to put up with advertising elements “in discreet places outside of the reading experience,” such as the sleep or power-off mode screen. According to the listing on Kobo’s website, the $99.99 ad-supported reader...

Kobo announces publishing arm, signs e-reader sales deal with UK bookstore chain W H Smith
October 27, 2011 | 11:44 am

As Amazon goes, so goes Kobo? A report from CBC suggests that would seem to be the case. Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis says that Kobo is developing a publishing arm to offer complete publishing services (including editing and design) for authors who would like to publish through it. It’s not clear from the article whether this service just covers e-books, or is like Amazon’s new publishing division in offering both electronic and print publication services. Either way, it’s one more way e-book-based firms are competing with traditional publishers, though traditional publishers don’t necessarily seem to be worried just yet....

Kobo Vox to be 7-inch Android color e-reader tablet
September 30, 2011 | 2:16 pm

kobovoxMore information has emerged about the Kobo Vox device we mentioned the other day, thanks to a quickly-yanked premature listing on Canadian Best Buy subsidiary Future Shop. The Vox will apparently be Kobo’s entry into the 7” color Android reader market currently occupied by the Nook Color and Kindle Fire. Judging from the specs on the listing, the Vox would have a 7”, 1024x600-resolution color LCD display; compatibility with Adobe DRM, ePUB, PDF, and Kobo e-book formats; 802.11b/g/n wifi; 8 GB internal memory plus an SD-card slot; and a speaker and headphone jack. Perhaps most intriguingly, the...

New Kindle price model may present quandary to competitors
September 28, 2011 | 7:33 pm

Yesterday, perhaps hoping to stage a preemptive strike on Amazon, Barnes & Noble announced a new cooperative venture with self-publisher, which is supposed to make it easier for Lulu customers to get their books published as Nook e-books. However, given that B&N was already partnering with Lulu on self-publishing e-books, it is entirely unclear how it was harder before and how it will be easier now. And this bright bundle of glittering generalities does not seem to have helped in the end. Barnes & Noble’s stock was down by as much as 13% after Amazon’s Kindle announcement today,...

Mysterious Kobo Vox device passes FCC
September 27, 2011 | 11:15 am

kobo-vox-ereaderKobo seems to have a new e-reader or tablet in the offing, Engadget reports, based on testing documents released by the FCC. Not a whole lot of details are present, but Engadget does note that the “Kobo Vox” seems to have a touchscreen and WiFi, but no visible hardware buttons. It features microUSB and microSD card interfaces, which are to be expected—but it also features an earphone jack, which hasn’t been on any Kobo model thus far. With a name like “Vox”, my first inclination is to suspect that this device is going to include the “read aloud” functionality...

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