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Old 03-28-2011, 03:34 PM   #1
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Any tips on hacking Kobo formatting????

Hi,

I have a Kobo wireless and a linux box. I just find it so totally absurd the way the Kobo formats anything with such ridiculous margins that I am willing to hack the code in my Kobo ereader. I have an image of the firmware off my kobo burned onto another 2 gig micro sd and it loads up in Ubuntu. Anyone know where the actual Kobo epub formatting files are on the different partitions? I really hate to have to resort to this but the Kobo developer folks are totally brain dead. They have sold us devices with a screen size of 3.58" by 5" yet no matter how I reformat an epub in Calibre it will only fill 4 inches of the 5 inch vertical screen. That's a 20% loss of real estate! I have an HTC Advantage 7510 smartphone with a 5" screen and more lines in an epub will show on my PHONE than my Kobo!

1.9 firmware does nothing to address this. Anyway, pointers to a file I can hack, anyone???
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If you want to do what the posts below say you would have to strip the DRM.

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Many people complain about super wide margins on purchased ebooks. The problem comes from the publisher. As these books are DRM protected, nothing on the Kobo would allow you to 'play' with it's settings. (Just another reason to strip the DRM.)
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Hi,

I have a Kobo wireless and a linux box. I just find it so totally absurd the way the Kobo formats anything with such ridiculous margins that I am willing to hack the code in my Kobo ereader. I have an image of the firmware off my kobo burned onto another 2 gig micro sd and it loads up in Ubuntu. Anyone know where the actual Kobo epub formatting files are on the different partitions? I really hate to have to resort to this but the Kobo developer folks are totally brain dead. They have sold us devices with a screen size of 3.58" by 5" yet no matter how I reformat an epub in Calibre it will only fill 4 inches of the 5 inch vertical screen. That's a 20% loss of real estate! I have an HTC Advantage 7510 smartphone with a 5" screen and more lines in an epub will show on my PHONE than my Kobo!

1.9 firmware does nothing to address this. Anyway, pointers to a file I can hack, anyone???
You need to read this thread
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=127128
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:07 AM   #5
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OK did you pirate the E-book? From what I've heard pirated E-pubs are usually bad quality. It's not the readers fault it's the E-pubs, they will show up the same on any reader. Try a different book.

Badly formatted books are often purchased from leading ebook sellers as well. So for those who do not want to or cannot remove DRM, the issue is a most annoying one.
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Some css files are so complex that common human mind
cannot get over it. In the situation like this I assume reite-
ration through Calibre the best option. After removal of
native css, of course.
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