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Old 05-30-2010, 10:19 PM   #166
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Deleting the 100 books is my priority. I never thought when I bought this that I would be stuck with at least 90 books I will never read cluttering up the device and making selecting a book difficult. Imagine the shame of being seen with Jane Austin on your reader, I would never live it down if it gets out! What were they thinking? All these books are available anyway. It defies belief.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:36 PM   #167
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Deleting the 100 books is my priority. I never thought when I bought this that I would be stuck with at least 90 books I will never read cluttering up the device and making selecting a book difficult. Imagine the shame of being seen with Jane Austin on your reader, I would never live it down if it gets out! What were they thinking? All these books are available anyway. It defies belief.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:48 PM   #168
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You can't without 'hacking' your Kobo Reader. The inability to delete books should be addressed at a software/firmware level.

Personally I can't be bothered modifying the Reader's sqlite database, and I'm going to wait for this to be fixed in a firmware update.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:50 PM   #169
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I just deleted the whole sqlite database on the Kobo and drag and dropped the ePubs that I wanted. When I unplugged the Kobo from my computer it recreated the sqlite database quite quickly, and much smaller, than the original. Worked like a damn.
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I know it's possible, and not difficult to do. I just think that the hypothetical "average user" shouldn't have to jump through hoops to delete the pre-loaded books: they should be able to do it from either a menu on their Reader, or using the Kobo Desktop application.

My point was that MrWobinson made a perfectly reasonable request for a feature that could be addressed with a firmware update.

The same is true of the "small font" problem. It is easy to workaround the issue, but it is still a bug, and should be fixed.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:26 PM   #171
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Agreed. Nobody should have to jump through hoops to get it to work the way they expect it to work. I was just explaining the hoops I jumped through to get it the way I wanted it. Naturally, none of that should be necessary and hopefully they are working on it.
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:56 AM   #172
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I just deleted the whole sqlite database on the Kobo and drag and dropped the ePubs that I wanted. When I unplugged the Kobo from my computer it recreated the sqlite database quite quickly, and much smaller, than the original. Worked like a damn.
Now that's crude but effective! Did you post in the tips 'n' tricks sticky? (And all that time I spent figuring out how the darned database worked...)
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The US release date has been pushed to July 2nd, so a mid June rollout of a firmware upgrade seems likely.
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Old 05-31-2010, 01:37 PM   #174
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This looks like it does work but, is there a way to back up my 100 free books to my computer before taking the 'scorched-earth' solution?
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Old 05-31-2010, 02:07 PM   #175
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This looks like it does work but, is there a way to back up my 100 free books to my computer before taking the 'scorched-earth' solution?
You need to backup the sqlite database in the .kobo directory. You best bet is to copy all the directories to a directory on you computer.

However, see http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=85226 for details on a new calibre driver for the kobo that can be used to manage the free books.

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The US release date has been pushed to July 2nd, so a mid June rollout of a firmware upgrade seems likely.
Not so. Those who pre-ordered early enough (me, for example) are supposed to get ours shipped on the 17th. That shipment sold out. It's only the newer orders that are supposed to be fulfilled on July 2.
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:10 AM   #177
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This looks like it does work but, is there a way to back up my 100 free books to my computer before taking the 'scorched-earth' solution?
Probly simpler to re-download instead -- aren't those 100 all public domain and highly available off the net?
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:59 AM   #178
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This looks like it does work but, is there a way to back up my 100 free books to my computer before taking the 'scorched-earth' solution?
I haven't checked to confirm, but once you sync your Kobo with your Kobo account, shouldn't the free books become part of the online Library associated with your account?
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:08 AM   #179
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Nope.... those 100 books never even appear in the Dekstop application.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:13 AM   #180
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Nope.... those 100 books never even appear in the Dekstop application.
Was just looking at my account's Library, and nope, they're not there. Haven't noticed with the desktop app, but I'll take your word for it. That kind of sucks.

To a certain degree it should be nothing to sync both ways (at least for free books), although I suppose there would be issues with books not purchased via Kobo due to DRM.
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