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Old 04-22-2013, 03:43 AM   #286
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That's a concern. It wouldn't surprise me if the Touch and Mini keep the same interface, but the Glo and Aura HD change. But, a Kobo person I trust has explicitly stated the Aura HD uses the same firmware as the other devices. I would say what is happening is that they still share a lot of the same code. All the backend is the same, it is just how they interface is displayed that has changed for the Aura HD. There is a fair chance that both versions are in the firmware and which one is used is triggered by a check somewhere.

In fact, when I asked for info to add the Aura HD to the calibre driver, I was hoping to find something in the config files to turn on the interface. If it was there, it wasn't obvious. But, I did ask for files I knew abouit. Maybe there is a new file that needs to be added. Maybe a full listing of the .kobo directory and its children would tell us something. Without the images and kepub directories.
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I wasn't planning on buying a new reader but I must admit to being tempted. It would be nice to have proper shelves manageable via Calibre again instead of the Kindle Collections Manager work around. Before I do buy I'd like to know what colours are available in the ultra slim sleep cover. Has anyone found any information? I've only seen the black mentioned whereas I'm hoping for a purple cover and an ivory reader.
Very sober, just white, black and brown http://www.kobo.com/koboauraHD
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My Kobo Touch is on the way out I'm hanging to buy a new ereader and I love Kobo. I can easily buy a Kobo Glo now or should I possibly hold out for the Aura here in Aus? I'm not really a tech person so the HD part is neither here or there for me.

I mean my mobile phone died the other week and I have been dragging myself around town looking for a basic phone that just rings, txt and takes a pic. I'm not interested in owning a *smart* phone.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:46 AM   #289
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I mean my mobile phone died the other week and I have been dragging myself around town looking for a basic phone that just rings, txt and takes a pic. I'm not interested in owning a *smart* phone.
Hallelujah ... sorry to a bit here but I'm glad I'm not the only one not interested in a smart-phone. No offense to anyone who does have/want one, heck I bought my Mum one last year but I just have no interest, a phone is for making/receiving call esp. emergency ones when 'on the road' to me and nowt else.

As for the reader, I don't regret my Glo for a single minute. Go by what best 'suits' your needs. I have pre-ordered an Aura HD simply because it ticked a few different boxes, bigger screen (even though by specs not by much), higher resolution, new interface and lastly (the thing that had me finally pushing that button) the way it handles PDF files.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:32 AM   #290
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Thanks for the info. I'm very disappointed though, fancy only making the cover in the same colours as the reader … boring colours at that. I suppose I'll have to wait and hope that Sony's 2013 reader is a good one before escaping from Amazon as I doubt there will be the cheap colourful 3rd party ultra slim cases available for the Aura like there are for the Paperwhite.
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You have to remember that while they give long reviews, doing a very good job at showing what the ereader look like, the Goodereader guys are idiots and their videos are to be watched with the sound OFF.
And why on earth can't they when doing a side-by-side comparison use the same ebook? I think in the Glo vs Aura video they had different public domain titles opened. One of their other reviews I watched they commented on Kobo and spacing between paragraphs compared to the kindle, two different ebooks from two different sources. Turkeys!!!

I noticed androidcentral has a review of the arc when it came out and then another when jb was released on it. Be nice if major firmware updates were reviewed on YouTube. The device has changed since it was released so some of those early reviews are very outdated.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:00 AM   #292
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And why on earth can't they when doing a side-by-side comparison use the same ebook? I think in the Glo vs Aura video they had different public domain titles opened. One of their other reviews I watched they commented on Kobo and spacing between paragraphs compared to the kindle, two different ebooks from two different sources. Turkeys!!!
The question I take from the discussion of this "review" is:
Do they spread this misinformation on purpose?
or
Are they just willfully stupid?
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:06 AM   #293
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The Kobo firmware has two different reader applications. One is used for the kepubs purchased from Kobo. The other is used for sideloaded books. This is based on Adobe Reader (or whatever they want to call it). As others have said, both allow customisation of the viewer but respect the CSS in the books. That I think is the correct thing to do.


I think you have it right with this.
Must be a different definition of "sideload." I thought sideloading was adding a book via the usb port. Adding a book via the wireless interface is the other method.
Could it be Kobo calls any book NOT purchased from their store, no matter the way it is added, sideloaded?
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:30 AM   #294
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My use of the word sideload includes loading of any book that is not a result of a sync with the Kobo servers--syncs through the Kobo desktop sync or Kobo WiFi sync. Adobe ADE books are sideloaded, calibre books transferred over USB--yup, sideloaded,copy and paste are sideloaded, books downloaded using the Kobo browser and dropbox or Calibre server ditto.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:56 AM   #295
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Must be a different definition of "sideload." I thought sideloading was adding a book via the usb port. Adding a book via the wireless interface is the other method.
Could it be Kobo calls any book NOT purchased from their store, no matter the way it is added, sideloaded?
I forgot that you can download books via the browser. The only times I have done this was simply to prove it would work.

Taming's definition works for me. If it didn't comes from the Kobo server, directly via WiFi or via the desktop app, it is sideloaded. The books from Kobo will be kepubs and handled by that reader application. The sideloaded will normally be handled by the ADE based reader.

But, it is possible to sideload an epub and have it treated as a kepub.
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And why on earth can't they when doing a side-by-side comparison use the same ebook? I think in the Glo vs Aura video they had different public domain titles opened.
Exactly my thought.
Especially since, in that particular case, they used two books very different in size (2000 pages vs 1000 for their pocket paper versions).
When they ranted about the Glo being slower than the Aura at opening the damn book and changing font settings, I just wanted to scream and kick them in the neck for being dumbasses.
That, or they're purposedly trying to make the Aura look good, which is equally pathetic.

I'm not interested in the Aura itself anyway, it's too big and heavy for carrying it around conveniently, but it's really a shame we didn't get the same lighting on the Glo. It seems so smooth, and brightness going very much lower too.
Also, would really really be a shame if we don't get the new home screen on the Glo at some point.

Let's hope it will come in due time, as well as a proper night mode.
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When viewing regular .epub eBooks, does the Aura HD display hyphens? I'm interested to know if the Aura HD is using a recent version of the Reader Mobile SDK or on older one.
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On the subject of firmware / desktop versions, I would suspect the 2.5 update that rolled out last week was to prepare things for Aura ahead of launch.

I am fairly sure the codebase between Touch, mini, Glo, and Aura is shared. It is possible there are a couple of changes for Aura, but I could not really say (as I don't actually know)

For interested, the version from a friend's Aura is: "2.5.0 (005513d0d1, 4/9/13)"

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When viewing regular .epub eBooks, does the Aura HD display hyphens? I'm interested to know if the Aura HD is using a recent version of the Reader Mobile SDK or on older one.
I was looking at an Aura at Chapters on Sunday. Tried a couple of epubs, homebrewed .kepub.epub and a PDF file from an SD card. Hyphenation looked the same as on my Glo. I would have preferred not having 2 security devices attached to the Aura as they made it rather hard to tell the weight and balance.

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@JSWolf,

Just to add a bit of anecdotal observation to your hyphenation question... On the Kobo Glo, at my preferred font-size, I find there is rarely more than one word per screenfull which is soft-hyphenated. There are many screens which don't have any.

I took a quick peek at the English hyphenation dictionary (latest fw 2.5) and noticed these two lines at the top of the file
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LEFTHYPHENMIN 5
RIGHTHYPHENMIN 5
I'm assuming this explains why I see relatively few soft-hyphens. (Maybe if my reading preference was for more 'literary works' with big words I'd see more )
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