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Munner3000
11-03-2011, 09:46 AM
Has anyone figured out how to load books not purchased from Kobo to this new Ereader?? How about calibre???

Thanks very much!!

taming
11-03-2011, 09:52 AM
It's called sideloading, and it works for drm free ePUBS. I have my Calibre library as a Sugar Sync folder. In the Kobo app, I click on import books, and then choose the book I want. Other folks do it over USB as a cut and past/drag and drop. Folks use DropBox, too.

For books with Adobe ADE, use another reader program that supports it, like Aldiko.

msxman
11-03-2011, 10:49 AM
From Calibre I convert to epub and save to disk- disk being the vox drive letter your pc gives it.

If you bought from amazon or barnes and noble, you can easily add the programs for their readers and dload them to there. The links with instructions are http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/essential-kobo-vox-apps-and-tools/

some1else
11-03-2011, 07:03 PM
I am having an issue with my new Vox, it won't import books off the micro SD card, keep getting "something went wrong" message. I can't drag and drop books from Adobe Digital Editions or Calibre because my computer does not recognize the ereader (but the Vox recognizes being connected to the computer) I emailed Kobo Help and it has been greater than 48 hours and no reply.

I am not a happy camper right now.

Cdesja5
11-03-2011, 07:09 PM
If you load the Aldiko reader you could use the Calibre server to load your books wirelessly and then move them to your Kobo app if you prefer to read them there

some1else
11-03-2011, 07:17 PM
*****If you load the Aldiko reader you could use the Calibre server to load your books wirelessly and then move them to your Kobo app if you prefer to read them there ****

I'm not sure what that means, but I'll google Aldiko and go from there. Nothing to lose, I've already spent 2 days trying to get this Vox to work. :-(

Haesslich
11-03-2011, 08:01 PM
I am having an issue with my new Vox, it won't import books off the micro SD card, keep getting "something went wrong" message. I can't drag and drop books from Adobe Digital Editions or Calibre because my computer does not recognize the ereader (but the Vox recognizes being connected to the computer) I emailed Kobo Help and it has been greater than 48 hours and no reply.

I am not a happy camper right now.


If they're DRM'ed, the reader can't unlock them unless the Kobo is authorized. ADE won't recognize the Vox to auth it?

AnemicOak
11-03-2011, 08:17 PM
ADE won't recognize the Vox to auth it?

According to this it's not compatible with ADE out of the box (big mistake IMO)...

I spoke to Darrell today, who is a Customer Engagement Analyst at Kobo. He said that the Vox was not designed to be recognized by ADE - and they don't have any plans to make it be (although, I asked if he could ask the development team, as he sits in round-table discussions with them).

The overdrive app is available for download on the Vox. I was able to do it myself and I can read my library books from there. I would rather sideload my books to the Kobo app. from ADE so I can use Pulse and Reading Life for my library books, but alas - it is not to be. I complained about this to Darrell, so hopefully one day we'll be able to use ADE with the Vox...


A person could load Aldiko or Mantano on it to get ADE support.

Cdesja5
11-03-2011, 08:37 PM
*****If you load the Aldiko reader you could use the Calibre server to load your books wirelessly and then move them to your Kobo app if you prefer to read them there ****

I'm not sure what that means, but I'll google Aldiko and go from there. Nothing to lose, I've already spent 2 days trying to get this Vox to work. :-(
Here's the basics...
Set up Calibre as a catalogue in Aldiko and use the Calibre server to download to the Vox wirelessly. Name the catalogue whatever you want (I always use "Calibre" for this source) and then enter the catalogue url.
Use this format for the URL: http://xxx.xxx.x.xxx:80xx
192.168.1.xxx is the IP address
80xx is for the port Calibre uses (usually 8080), you can check that in the Calibre preferences in the Sharing over the Net menu.

Works for me every time I want to load a book. Apparently you can move the book to the Kobo app if you prefer to read on that one. I haven't tried that, someone else has posted the process in another thread.
In the Aldiko settings you can set up your Adobe Digital Editions id so that you can open any DRMd books that you had in Calibre. To get there tap on the Vox's Home button (the middle icon on the bottom of the screen) from within the Aldiko Catalogue menu.

Cdesja5
11-04-2011, 03:39 PM
Has anyone tried and succeeded in using the Calibre server? Just curious as to whether my instructions are clear enough!

some1else
11-04-2011, 05:30 PM
Has anyone tried and succeeded in using the Calibre server? Just curious as to whether my instructions are clear enough!

no, sorry it was way over my head. i got aldiko loaded on the Vox, ADE recognizes the aldiko when I plu into computer, I dragged and dropped epubs to aldiko...but they don't show up on vox when I open aldiko.

Cdesja5
11-04-2011, 06:15 PM
Open your kobo app using the Library icon, tap the Home button at the bottom of the Vox, and tap Import Content, then Start and the app will search for the ebooks you just copied to your SD card. Select the ones you want to import and voila! You can read them in the Kobo app. I was able to move several books I had put into Aldiko into the Kobo app to read...
Hope this helps!

some1else
11-04-2011, 06:26 PM
Open your kobo app using the Library icon, tap the Home button at the bottom of the Vox, and tap Import Content, then Start and the app will search for the ebooks you just copied to your SD card. Select the ones you want to import and voila! You can read them in the Kobo app.
Hope this helps!

thanks but no ... that's where I first started, it looks like it's importing and the pink bar goes across but everytime I get is an error stating "Something went wrong and we could not import all of your items. Please try again."

and now 72 hrs and still NO response from Kobo Help ... grrr

Cdesja5
11-04-2011, 06:42 PM
Have you tried to contact Darryl? ddiljohn@kobo.com
He definitely replies as quickly as he is able (he must be swamped by now with all the referrals he's gotten)
Or have you tried a hard reset (on/off button and + volume hold for 10 seconds)?
Last resort, return this unit to the store where you got it and get a new one? I feel really bad for you! Nothing worse than having a reader and not being able to read! :bigcry:

some1else
11-04-2011, 07:00 PM
tried hard reset and also did factory reset ... is Darryl with kobo help? does he moderate these forums?

Cdesja5
11-04-2011, 07:03 PM
He's not on the forums, he's a customer service person for Kobo who has been extremely helpful for other posters (and me! to cancel the Vox I had ordered online).

JD Gumby
11-04-2011, 07:57 PM
thanks but no ... that's where I first started, it looks like it's importing and the pink bar goes across but everytime I get is an error stating "Something went wrong and we could not import all of your items. Please try again."

and now 72 hrs and still NO response from Kobo Help ... grrr

Perhaps the error message is accurate - one of your epubs isn't formatted correctly and it's causing a problem. Try importing a few at a time so you can narrow it down (really annoying that you get a generic importation progress indicator instead of it telling you which files are currently being imported).

some1else
11-04-2011, 08:21 PM
Perhaps the error message is accurate - one of your epubs isn't formatted correctly and it's causing a problem. Try importing a few at a time so you can narrow it down (really annoying that you get a generic importation progress indicator instead of it telling you which files are currently being imported).

thanks but I have tried 20 different books (one at a time, all together, groups of 2,3,4 ... I don't give up easily!!!)

larrymohr
11-05-2011, 06:46 PM
thanks but I have tried 20 different books (one at a time, all together, groups of 2,3,4 ... I don't give up easily!!!)

Are all the books DRM books? When I was trying Aldiko all my books loaded there fine, both DRM and NON. However, when I tried the Kobo app only the NON DRM epubs loaded and I got a message similar to that.

The Kobo app can not read epubs that have DRM even though Alkido can.

Larry

singlemalt
11-09-2011, 11:01 PM
Wondering how to do something as basic as load my Itunes (or at least some of it) onto the Vox. Not very technically competent and I'm time challenged. Any advice? What about the Astro File Manager. Tried downloading it and I got a message that told me there was no phone associated or something weird like that.

taming
11-10-2011, 03:38 AM
Where did you get Astro? You will get that message if you try to download from Android Market, but not if you get it from an alternative market.

Jesslynne
11-13-2011, 03:06 PM
Has anyone tried and succeeded in using the Calibre server? Just curious as to whether my instructions are clear enough!

They worked wonderfully! Thanks a lot.

taming
11-13-2011, 04:03 PM
I use the Calibre server, but not as a catalog with Aldiko. I had to go into my router in the advanced tab and set up a virtual server. It was very easy once I looked at the help files for my router and knew what numbers belonged where.

covingtoncat73
05-11-2012, 02:14 PM
Okay. I bought the Aldliko advanced app because I was told I could connect it with Calibre. I have no clue and all the above means nothing to me. Can someone explain it in a way I might understand?

Cdesja5
05-11-2012, 04:17 PM
Try this thread:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1817001&postcount=9

If you don't know your IP address, in Windows (on your PC.) choose start, type "cmd" in the search box, type "ipconfig" in the DOS window. The ip address you need is the one labeled "IPv4 Address".
In aldiko, tap "store", tap menu (horizontal bars in upper right corner), tap "my catalogues", add new catalogue for calibre using instructions in link, for library, use the library url to the sign-in web page. To authorize ADE go to the settings menu but for the Aldiko home screen.