I am with you Gaffer. I have NO desire to see "Wishlist: Empty" every time I "open the cover" of my book to read, nor links to the store. That kind of stuff should be hidden away in a discrete option menu, or the front page interface should be customizable for those that want to be advertised to.
I was ENRAGED after I loaded up my Kobo after the "update". If this means I cannot buy my books on the kobo store, I will be disappointed, but I will not sacrifice my principles, nor downgrade everytime I buy a book.