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Old 12-23-2011, 09:40 AM   #1
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Kobo Touch Firmware 1.9.16

Kobo Touch Firmware 1.9.16 and desktop 2.1.6 will be released shortly.

Kobo Touch:

• Speed improvements to page turning and searching
• Crisper, sharper text for your reading experience
• The new 'Recommended for you' list automatically finds books tailored to your tastes
• A simple consolidated HOME menu now contains Library, Store and Reading Life
• Icons for Settings, Sync and Help are now also available under the HOME menu
• Sync anytime, anywhere by touching the cloud icon in the status bar
• Sync progress is now shown as a progress bar at the top of the screen

Desktop:
• Check out the Recommended For You panel for your next great read
• Performance and user experience improvements, notably:
o Device sync
o Opening a book

As usual, special thanks to the beta testers for their feedback!
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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Both the desktop and touch updates done here and I like what I see. The slow page turns from 1.9.14 have been fixed and the other changes are a nice bonus, the Touch is now all that I expected it to be and more when I bought it six months ago, Thank you!
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:18 AM   #3
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Little by little the Kobo Touch is getting closer to being the e-reader I thought I was buying when I bought it! That is great. My husband updated his and so far seems happy.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:20 PM   #4
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with the usual disclaimers......

...here is another happy customer.. after problem with sd cards and 1.9.12 I am happy to say that the first 15 min of play has been positive.
the 8gb transcend class 6 is now playing ball
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:32 PM   #5
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Just updated and I'm happy with what I see so far. I like that on the home page you now have an option to show featured releases, new releases, or your own shortlist (I'm keeping it on shortlist for now to avoid temptation. ) The way everything is now organized under the "home" menu is also nice.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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The 'featured items' area has to go. One of the reasons I chose the Kobo Touch over the Nook and Kindle was because it didn't hog homepage real estate nor force their bookstore upon me. I specifically sought a device that was generic and not connected to a bookseller.

At least let me disable it. (If I can I can't find it.)

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Old 12-23-2011, 12:49 PM   #7
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The 'featured items' area has to go. One of the reasons I chose the Kobo Touch over the Nook and Kindle was because it didn't hog homepage real estate nor force their bookstore upon me. I specifically sought a device that was generic and not connected to a bookseller.

At least let me disable it. (If I can I can't find it.)

BOOO!
I find myself agreeing with that. Kobo Touch already sells a Special Offer edition for a reduced price, and I paid the full price for mine.

Edited to add: The shortlist comes up on the homepage and not ads for new books. I misunderstood, and am happy with how the homepage works.

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Old 12-23-2011, 12:51 PM   #8
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The 'featured items' area has to go. One of the reasons I chose the Kobo Touch over the Nook and Kindle was because it didn't hog homepage real estate nor force their bookstore upon me. I specifically sought a device that was generic and not connected to a bookseller.

At least let me disable it. (If I can I can't find it.)

BOOO!
There is no ability to disable it currently, but you can set it to show your shortlist which at least gets rid of it showing recommendations/ad type stuff. The particular option you have chosen for the carousel (Recs, new books, shortlist etc) should stick (i.e. always stay the same unless you change it) but it currently has minor bug preventing that. I realize that doesn't solve all your issues, but that's all they've given us currently.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:56 PM   #9
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There is no ability to disable it currently, but you can set it to show your shortlist which at least gets rid of it showing recommendations/ad type stuff.
That's interesting. Mine started up showing the shortlist by default. I only saw the new releases/featured option when I noticed the menu arrows and clicked on it. I do like that they've given you that option.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:57 PM   #10
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New to the site so hello everybody.

I too purchased my Kobo touch because there was no advertising on the device. I have had it about a month now and really love it but I really hate the new featured/new release menu.
the pages do turn a bit quicker now but I had not really noticed it was slow as this is my first e-reader.
they should of giving you the option in the settings menu to remove the featured/new release bit.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:58 PM   #11
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I see a difference between trying to sell its own books via the device and selling tube socks via the reader, but I don't like hard selling of books either. I'm glad that shortlist is a choice and look forward to being able to make that my permanent preferred choice.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:01 PM   #12
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Kobo did it right by allowing the shortlist to show instead of recommendations. The NOOK Touch is a total fail in this area. NOOK Touch customers have been asking from day one to have a shortlist instead. Folks are avoiding the homescreen. Number one reason I got rid of it! Nice updates indeed.

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Old 12-23-2011, 01:04 PM   #13
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I tend to keep my Kobo in airplane mode - I wonder if that's the reason I default to shortlist on the home screen. In airplane mode, you only see blank book covers when new releases/featured is selected.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:22 PM   #15
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Thank you and Merry Christmas Kobo!

I was fairly critical and vocal a while back when the internal database kept corrupting and requiring a factory reset. Since that was taken seriously and (knock on wood) fixed, I am very happy with the Kobo Touch and enthusiastically recommend it to friends and family!

Kobo Dev's - you should know I've now purchased 3 of these, my own originally in July, one for my Daughter in October, and now one for my Wife as a Christmas present. I would not have bought the 2nd and 3rd one if you hadn't shown such continued active development and improved the device so significantly.

As many have noted, it was merely 'ok' when it launched, but with the last few firmware updates, the KT is pretty close to 'as good as it gets' for an ereader. If we could only get better library management (collections/series, metadata support, etc), it would be perfect.

Well Done, and thanks again!

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PS - I haven't actually installed the 1.9.16 update yet, so I hope what I read above about the advertising isn't going to make me reneg on my praise here, because I, like others paid full price for a device with no advertising whatsoever, and if that's not the case, I'm definitely not going to be happy!

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