Well, for whatever reason, shortly after I posted the Kobo froze, restarted, the shelves showed up but the books were all corrupt, I factory reset AGAIN, synced with Calibre, and all was happy. all before a moderator could approve my first post!
who knows! at least it works!
edit: I'm really confused by the first-post rules. in case the one I already wrote doesn't show up, I had followed all of the instructions in the OP but the shelves just weren't showing up on my Kobo Glo, so I posted with a debug log asking for help. I guess my device just needed to have a little freak out before it decided to work.
Thanks for the shelf management tips!
Last edited by sayedie; 01-01-2013 at 12:53 AM.