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Old 10-04-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Question about transfering files to the Kobo

Hi! I'm thinking about buying a Kobo touch or Kobo Glo.

Is it possible to transfer pdf and epub files to the devices by dragging and dropping files via the Microsoft Windows explorer when the it is connected via usb?
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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Great! Do I need to put them in a special folder? Is it possible to drag folders with ebooks from the computer and be able to browse within these folders using the Kobo ereaders?
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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You don't need to put them in a special folder. You can have them in a folder if you want though. But at least for the Kobo Touch, you cannot browse the folders from the device. I don't know if that's changed for the Glo, but I don't think so. You can make "shelves" though, to which you can add books, and you can browse the shelves.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Will the Kobo always find the books automatically and automatically organize them once they are transferred in the way I described?
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:59 PM   #6
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The Kobo will always find the books automatically. But it won't automatically organise them. It leaves the books where you put them. It builds its own database so it knows where which book is.
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That's what's a little annoying with the glo - if you put books in a few directories the machine reads them and deposits them in your library as one list.
So, if you have 300 books there's one long list.

Is there any way to organise the books in the glo easily? Tried through the desktop application but not many options there.

EDIT: The desktop app doesn't even recognise books you added manually. Pfft.

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Old 10-04-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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That's what's a little annoying with the glo - if you put books in a few directories the machine reads them and deposits them in your library as one list.
So, if you have 300 books there's one long list.

Is there any way to organise the books in the glo easily? Tried through the desktop application but not many options there.
Well, you can add books to "shelves" one by one from the library or from within the books.

And, tomorrow or next week the new Calibre version will be released which will support the new Kobo devices, and be able to nicely put books on shelves. Taming and Davidfor talk about it here: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=192581
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EDIT: The desktop app doesn't even recognise books you added manually. Pfft.
Indeed it does not. Books you added manually are sideloaded and don't come from Kobo. For the books to sync to the desktop app, the books would have to be part of your kobo account. But sideloaded books added onto your Kobo account would cause privacy issues, which is why Kobo doesn't allow for it.

Aside from that, the Kobo desktop app does indeed not do much that is very useful. Most of us use Calibre instead.

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The desktop app only supports Kobo ePubs (or kepubs); books bought from Kobo themselves and only downloaded via Kobo Desktop.

Calibre will real soon now have an updated driver that supports shelves.
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In terms of creating shelves, it's too time consuming.
If you have 300 books, having to go through the list, 6 or so books per page, tagging the books for that shelf, is crazy.
Calibre it is, then.
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But I will have no problem transfering PDF and epub files via drag and drop? Without calibre.

Does the new Kobo Glo support adobe digital editions? I will need adobe digital editions to borrow books from my library
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #12
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But I will have no problem transfering PDF and epub files via drag and drop? Without calibre.
No problem at all.
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Yes it does
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In terms of creating shelves, it's too time consuming.
If you have 300 books, having to go through the list, 6 or so books per page, tagging the books for that shelf, is crazy.
Calibre it is, then.
You can put books onto shelves in four ways:

- When creating the shelf, you can add books from the list or search for them and then add them. In this case, the book list has a check on the right hand side. Press that for all the books in the list you want on the shelf and then the save the list.

- When viewing a shelf, press the menu at the bottom and select "Edit". Adding books to the shelf is the same as above.

- When looking at a book list, you can press the menu button for the book and select "Add to shelf". You can then select what shelves to put it on.

- When reading a book, bring up the bottom menu, press the spanner icon and the "Add to Shelf" on the menu. You can then select what shelves to put it on.

The last two options are new with the 2.1.4 firmware.

The first two methods are probably the best for what you want.

And the new driver will be in today's calibre release.
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Shelves in2.1.4

davidfor ... I don't know if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but the functionality you describe in this post is not on the Glo, at least not on mine. I'm at 2.1.4 (r43703 10/1/12).

Edit: I'm referring to the last 2 options as the ones that are missing.

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davidfor ... I don't know if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but the functionality you describe in this post is not on the Glo, at least not on mine. I'm at 2.1.4 (r43703 10/1/12).

Edit: I'm referring to the last 2 options as the ones that are missing.
That's interesting. It is in 2.1.4 (r43710, 10/1/12) that Kobo started rolling out to Touch devices yesterday. And I am sure I saw it mention by someone with a new device, but I think that was a Mini.

It might be worthwhile doing a sync to see if there is an update for your Glo.
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