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Old 12-23-2011, 01:24 PM   #16
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:48 PM   #17
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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.
That's good to know! The shortlist by default is good.
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:57 PM   #18
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I'm noticing a bug when selecting items on menus in that selected items are non responsive until a second click is made.

For instance I clicked on a read book by mistake and it reopened it and thus marked itself partially read. When I click to select ' mark as finished' the line will go black as if it has been selected but it hangs there unmoving not doing anything. It will not complete the action until I click and select something else.

The first few times I did this resulted in me thinking I had not clicked properly and reclicking the same link which wound up both activating my original selection and then selecting tue book under the menu with my second click, causing me to have to remark it as finished again. Cyclically hilarious but frustrating to deal with several times in a row.

I also agree please let us disable the bottom bar! I regret this update and it is the first update from kobo that didn't improve my experience.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:21 PM   #19
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The bottom bar doesn't really bother me but it would be nice if you could have a choice to remove it. Otherwise the other improvements are great. The text does look crisper and the page turns are better for me which is more important.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:23 PM   #20
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Yeah, I don't mind the sidebar on the desktop application (although the recommended list displays some books I already have in my library - can't they check that?), but I would like to remove it on my reader.

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Old 12-23-2011, 02:28 PM   #21
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Yeah, I don't mind the sidebar on the desktop application (although the recommended list displays some books I already have in my library - can't they check that?), but I would like to remove it on my reader.

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Whereas I really dislike that sidebar on the desktop.

I haven't updated the reader yet....
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:48 PM   #22
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Whereas I really dislike that sidebar on the desktop.
There should definitely be a way to disable it both on the reader and the desktop.

Putting advertising that can't be removed is bad form.

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Old 12-23-2011, 03:01 PM   #23
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There should definitely be a way to disable it both on the reader and the desktop.

Putting advertising that can't be removed is bad form.

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I tend to agree. Even with the short list option, I would still like the option of removing it all together.

The home menu is taking a bit of getting used to, but I think I will end up liking it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:30 PM   #24
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ltr--at this point, the way to influence what appears in our recommendations seems to be dependent on what we do on the kobobooks.com home page with the recommendations listings there. EDIT When you make books disappear from the recommendations scrubber on kobobooks.com, they also disappear from your carousel as long as you have another choice (like shortlist) chosen when you do a sync. I understand that at some point in the future we will be able to make similar choices from the Touch--with the opportunity to provide feedback on what appears there and with the recommendations engine learning from that.

I think the "carousel" at the bottom is a work in progress and that the choices available to us will change over time. I don't mind having recommendations as long as they seem tailored to my taste in books--and that seems like it is coming along--compared to what we were seeing in the betas. I would not be surprised to see other possibilities in carousel choices as this feature is developed. Those of us who have hung in there with Kobo know that the company actually listens to customer feedback on things like this and makes incremental changes that reflect that feedback.

I much prefer that process to being presented with a feature that is set in stone and will not be changed until a new device is released a year later. It's a messier process, for sure, and there are often missteps along the way, but I think we end up with a better device as a result of it all.

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Old 12-23-2011, 04:08 PM   #25
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Not sure what Kobo has done, but if you look at the contents of your device with Calibre, there are several books identified as missing files since the upgrade. They all appear to be ones Kobo would like us to buy. Actually, it is quite a mess!
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:21 PM   #26
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It may be that Tim Legge needs to update the Calibre driver to accommodate the covers only "books" that are now in the carousel. That kind of thing has happened in the past--where the Calibre version is a step or two behind as a result of the reader changes.
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No noticeable speed increase on page turns here, or improved text sharpness, so kind of an inconsequential update for me.

I really wish the home page carousel would remember that I set it to Shortlist whenever I go back Home.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:03 PM   #28
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Not sure what Kobo has done, but if you look at the contents of your device with Calibre, there are several books identified as missing files since the upgrade. They all appear to be ones Kobo would like us to buy. Actually, it is quite a mess!
I will take a look soon and a fix will be in next weeks calibre. Between Christmas and everything else I really have not gotten around to testing calibre with this release.

Calibre support is not kobo's issue.

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Old 12-23-2011, 05:14 PM   #29
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So, in short, the new release offers ads you can't disable (at least in a permanent way if wi-fi is on) and no way to order your books yet. No a good release, at least from my point of view (aside of the number of published releases, that's not the point).
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Kobo Touch Firmware 1.9.16 and desktop 2.1.6 will be released shortly.

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• The new 'Recommended for you' list automatically finds books tailored to your tastes
Yay for keeping track of my private information and placing advertising on my full-price Kobo Touch. :/ *spit*

I won't be updating (fortunately, 1.9.14 is nice and stable for me) and Kobo certainly won't be getting any more of my money because of this.

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