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Old 02-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by PeterT View Post
It's not really a bug; it more has to do with how the ePubs have been created.
While I agree with you, it's ultimately a "bug" in the user interface. When it comes to ePub visual settings, it'd be nice if Kobo could do a little more work to surface/submerge settings that can be modified. If the Kobo sees style information in the ePub that's going to prevent the ability to change the text justification, they should either:
  1. Override the ePub settings and use the user-selected setting. This would be the expected response from the user. Opening a new ePub would always default to the ePub styling (with "OFF" selected in the formatting menu for justification) for justification. IMO, the Kobo should always respect the user settings for font/font size/line spacing as these three settings have a direct and significant impact on the readability of a book.
  2. Disable settings that the Kobo will not override. Disable the sliders and color them 50-60% lighter to convey the idea that the element is disabled.

It's great that the Kobo wants to respect the settings in the ePub, like you mentioned, but there's certainly a "bug" in the UI in that (as the fact this issue has been repeated several times over the past few months) it does not operate with expected behaviour. This is not a small problem and one area that Kobo should probably put a little more effort into.

Knowledge is power, though, and now that I've learned how to work around some of the more eccentric quirks of the Kobo Glo it's quickly become my favorite eReader.

And peejayw, using software such as Calibre or Sigil, you can modify your ePub files to remove the explicit setting of text justification to allow the Kobo settings to be applied.
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