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Old 05-02-2013, 03:23 AM   #721
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Just received the Aura yesterday and have been anointing myself with oil ever since. Fortunately, I live in a tower, so the constant stream of oil hasn't inconvenienced me even though the streets are now closed and tenants on the ground floor have had to find temporary lodgings.

I'm especially fond of the OS because it doesn't actively insult you. The home page is ad-free and useful; the store window is quite small and only shows you books which are related to the ones you actually own. I much prefer that to the latest Kindles' row of awful bestsellers on the devices' home pages, which is the visual equivalent of having to hear bad Top 40 every time you turn on your music player.

The screen offers the closest experience to text-on-paper of any e-reader or tablet I've ever used. The swiftness of the processor and the convenience of the light make it difficult for me to return to other e-readers.

A friend who saw the screen bemoaned the "non-white" background, but I find the color and slightly rough surface to resemble that of books printed on special stock, specif. earlier editions from Black Sparrow Press:





A few oddities:
  • I noted that Kobo-purchased tomes showed up in a kepub folder under root > .kobo, so I placed sideloaded books in a folder in the same parent folder (.kobo) titled "epub". My folder wasn't recognized until I moved it to the root level.
  • When I dropped a few images into the .kobo > images folder, those showed up as books until I created a folder titled "photos" at the parent level and moved my images to it. Now, of course, they don't show up at all.
  • The spacing is truncated in a few of my existing books whether they're kepub or epub. This is particularly noticeable in The Collected Shorter Prose of Samuel Beckett, in case anyone else has that book to check on their device. This is only an issue in the kepub version downloaded directly from Kobo to my Aura. The stripped epub version does not share the issue.
  • Scrolling through the library seems rather slow going for an e-reader which is quite swift otherwise. Is there a way to improve the scrolling speed if you've loaded over five hundred books (as I have)?

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:04 AM   #722
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:59 AM   #723
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I'm especially fond of the OS because it doesn't actively insult you. The home page is ad-free and useful; the store window is quite small and only shows you books which are related to the ones you actually own. I much prefer that to the latest Kindles' habit of assaulting you with an imposing row of awful bestsellers on the devices' home pages, which is the visual equivalent of having to hear bad Top 40 every time you turn on your music player.
you may want to have a look at the tweaks plugin: that would for instance enable you to get rid of the wishlist if you so wish (!), and have other useful features. The thing to remember is to update the firmware version number in the configuration file. Also worth having a look at the dedicated thread

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  • Scrolling through the library seems rather slow going for an e-reader which is quite swift otherwise. Is there a way to improve the scrolling speed if you've loaded over five hundred books (as I have)?
I have a vague recollection that this has to do with the size of the database - if you ask in the Kobo forum I'm sure you will get a helpful and competent reply from one of its "usual suspect", extremely helpful folks!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:46 AM   #724
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you may want to have a look at the tweaks plugin: that would for instance enable you to get rid of the wishlist if you so wish (!), and have other useful features. The thing to remember is to update the firmware version number in the configuration file. Also worth having a look at the dedicated thread
Karma to you for mentioning the tweaks plugin, but it seems to have been fondled and finessed for the Kobo Touch specifically. Has anyone actually tried using it on an Aura?
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:49 AM   #725
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I'm especially fond of the OS because it doesn't actively insult you. The home page is ad-free and useful; the store window is quite small and only shows you books which are related to the ones you actually own. I much prefer that to the latest Kindles' row of awful bestsellers on the devices' home pages, which is the visual equivalent of having to hear bad Top 40 every time you turn on your music player.
It's perhaps worth pointing out that the Kindle only shows you the "row of awful bestsellers" if you have the "Recommended Content" option turned on. Switch it off (Menu -> Settings -> Device Options -> Personalize Your Kindle -> Recommended Content) and you won't see them (or indeed any other form of advertising).
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:33 AM   #726
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Karma to you for mentioning the tweaks plugin, but it seems to have been fondled and finessed for the Kobo Touch specifically. Has anyone actually tried using it on an Aura?
I got my Aura HD on monday this week and after letting it fully charge ( my Galaxy tab GT-P1000 usb plug worked really well for charging from mains output 5V 2A) I connected to my laptop and let Calibre do it's thing. I asked it to send 85 items to the main memory of my Aura and left it to do the job (the Kobo Touch Plugin is enabled!!) I ejected the Aura and I then looked at the Aura library after it had populated what Calibre had sent it. All items appear as Kobo Epub and all the text based adjustments have so far worked on each book I have read (text size , line spacing etc.text weight and all the other options in the advanced menu aswell). Thanks to the plugin creator for a cracking job it's spot on.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:35 AM   #727
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Two options with the Kobo: swipe your thumb to the left to advance a page, and to the right to go back a page; you can also configure the middle third of the screen to go back a page, so you can tap without the reach.
So I'm not the only one who does this. I find myself trying to swipe like that on my Kindle and getting irritated when it doesn't work.
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Swiping doesn't work on the Kindle? That's instant dealbreaker for me. I often hold the reader with left hand and then I can't advance unless I swipe (since my thumb is on the left side).. or without some hacking (like making tap advance every page, etc.)
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Swiping doesn't work on the Kindle? That's instant dealbreaker for me. I often hold the reader with left hand and then I can't advance unless I swipe (since my thumb is on the left side).. or without some hacking (like making tap advance every page, etc.)
Swiping works fine on the Kindle. Also even tapping with the left hand (while holding with same hand) works good since Amazon made the page back tap zone narrow enough that the thumb can easily reach over it (at least mine can). It's one of my few complaints about my Aura right now. How wide the page back tap zone is. Not a serious complaint, but since I'm used to the Kindle I keep accidentally going back pages.
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Swiping doesn't work on the Kindle? That's instant dealbreaker for me. I often hold the reader with left hand and then I can't advance unless I swipe (since my thumb is on the left side).. or without some hacking (like making tap advance every page, etc.)
Both tapping and swiping work on the Kindle. On the library page you have to use swiping (because tapping opens a book); while reading a book you can either tap or swipe.
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Swiping doesn't work on the Kindle? That's instant dealbreaker for me. I often hold the reader with left hand and then I can't advance unless I swipe (since my thumb is on the left side).. or without some hacking (like making tap advance every page, etc.)
Swiping on the Paperwhite works fine across the entire screen, except on the very last line, where the Time To Read and the percentage is displayed. There it only detects taps, to change what is diplayed on that line.
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Swiping works fine on the Kindle. Also even tapping with the left hand (while holding with same hand) works good since Amazon made the page back tap zone narrow enough that the thumb can easily reach over it (at least mine can). It's one of my few complaints about my Aura right now. How wide the page back tap zone is. Not a serious complaint, but since I'm used to the Kindle I keep accidentally going back pages.
I read with my right hand usually so I have it set up that a tap forwards the page and I swipe backwards. Very intuitive and much better than a narrow tap zone (in my opinion).
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I read with my right hand usually so I have it set up that a tap forwards the page and I swipe backwards. Very intuitive and much better than a narrow tap zone (in my opinion).
That's great that it works for you, although I'm not sure how what you're describing is really different from what I said or why a narrower page back zone than the Kobo's offer would matter in your case. I switch hands fairly often when reading so having a narrower page back zone, which I almost never use, and a huge page forward zone makes more sense for me.
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