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Old 12-18-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Kobo touch + Dropbox. It works!

Just wanted to share this as I've been forever waiting for a reader that would integrate Dropbox 'out of the box'.

I'be had a play around with the Kobo and the iPad app of the same name to see how they behave with each other.
Using dropbox on the ipad with the app is super simple but of course epubs don't sync between devices, no surprise there though I'm hoping a future update may change that. So I set about visiting the Dropbox site from the Kobo Touch browser and it turns out I was able to download an ePub to the reader without a problem from there.
Navigating to the file was somewhat fiddly but it worked!

I guess it makes perfect sense since epubs can be downloaded from sites offering free ebooks but I still felt it was worth sharing as I have not seen this mentioned anywhere and I think this makes the Kobo touch the only e-ink device capable of doing this without hacks.

Hope it helps others looking for this kind of functionality.
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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I wrote about this awhile back. Now what we need is someone who can find a way for Calibre to remember bookmarks and sync. I know that there is an Aldiko sync program that works with Dropbox.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:30 PM   #3
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Works great.

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:34 PM   #4
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hi there -

Just bought a new kobo touch and pretty happy with it so far. The one gripe I have is that I can't download books from drop-box through the browser (my wife has a sony prst1 and drop-box works perfectly with it). I suspect I may have to downgrade to an older firmware version to be able to use drop-box, does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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Which firmware are you running at the moment?
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Old 04-09-2012, 12:56 PM   #6
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To download a book from Dropbox I had to select the desktop version from the bottom corner

I was then able to download books
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The newest firmware seems to have broken the ability to download books via the browser.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:07 AM   #8
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If that's true that's a real shame. I know the browser is not officially supported but this feature has to be fixed IMHO.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:39 AM   #9
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I am using KT with firmware 1.9.17 and downloading books from my home server works fine. I tested with few books, sizes ranging from 5 MB to 55 MB. I am not using SD card if this matters.

The browser is quite slow to start up though, slower than with old firmware.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:46 AM   #10
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I wonder why some servers seem to work, and others fail when downloading material... Some subtle difference in the HTTP protocol between servers?
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:11 PM   #11
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I just tested it with a custom nginx server and it's not working. I'll dig a little more.

EDIT :

After some testing I found out that any link to a php script don't work. On the other end any link to an epub work (and the epub is ready to be read).

I also found out that I get a reboot after every download so there's something wrong with my webserver or my Kobo or any interaction between those two.

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:10 AM   #12
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hey, thanks for all the comments

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Which firmware are you running at the moment?
I'm running 1.9.17 (r37603) - just tried again with dropbox, it's connecting in desktop version - no reaction when i click on any pdf or epub -
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:39 PM   #13
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If you want to make some tests. I made a small HTML page with 3 download links :
  1. Direct download
  2. Download through a PHP script
  3. Download through a PHP script hidden by some URL rewriting

In all 3 cases the mimetype is correct : application/epub+zip.

I found out that only the second link is not working. But after each test my Kobo freezed and rebooted.

You can test it yourself : http://cops-demo.slucas.fr/index.html and tell me if you have the same results.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:16 AM   #14
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I was able to download via dropbox. (firmware .17)
I selected the desktop version from the bottom corner.
To download you have to double click!
Then the download button will appear.

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:10 PM   #15
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Wow this seems a good new, I'll try it in a few minutes
I'm happy to read this :-)

Yepp, it works,
Great thing ...
Just go to www.dropbox.com/login

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