Originally Posted by MorganM
Next firmware update should solely be dedicated to getting rid of the book recommendations etc down the bottom of the home screen
It ain't going to happen because someone in management, marketing, or whatever told the developers to put that recommendation list in there. And they told the developers to do that because they believe that it will sell more books. Even threatening and following up on a refusal to buy Kobo devices is unlikely to change their minds since Kobo doesn't care about customers who won't buy books from them. Simply put, there isn't enough money to be made from that demographic.
So the best option is to simply use one of the workarounds or hacks.