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Old 04-27-2013, 11:09 AM   #106
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There is one thing that I absolutely hate about the Aura HD: Amazon has spammed me twice in the past week because they're feeling heat from the competition. I rarely receive that much unsolicited email from Amazon in the span of a year.
Heat of competition will warm winter e-reader market as HD screens become the norm.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:34 AM   #107
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Not that I can think of. But since Reading Life shows recently accessed shelves, I dismiss books I'm not reading to let the shelves fill my home screen. Much better than the five recent hooks display you get on the Mini/Touch/Glo.
How do you do this???
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:03 PM   #108
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In one of the now many Aura threads someone asked for a pic comparing the text displayed on the Paperwhite and the Aura (can't find the post now). I don't have a PW anymore, but I do have a Kindle Touch (display should be the same/similar) so I did the best I could to get font and line spacing the same (got pretty close). Hope this helps, sorry the pic isn't great.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:02 PM   #109
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In one of the now many Aura threads someone asked for a pic comparing the text displayed on the Paperwhite and the Aura (can't find the post now). I don't have a PW anymore, but I do have a Kindle Touch (display should be the same/similar) so I did the best I could to get font and line spacing the same (got pretty close). Hope this helps, sorry the pic isn't great.
Thank you for trying to help, it is much appreciated. Unfortunately, I don't think the font/font size/spacing is close enough to really compare. I cropped a line from your image so I could compare a few words side by side and the Kindle font takes up more room than the Aura font which distorts things quite a bit. It is very difficult to tell just by looking though.

Maybe a better way of comparing the vertical space available would be to simply measure a full page of text, from the top of an upper case letter on the first line to the bottom of a letter on the last line (not a "p" or "g" etc though). My PW has 11cm vertical space available for text - font Helvetica, size 11. Please can someone lucky enough to have an Aura measure the amount of screen available vertically for the actual book text, excluding title, page numbering etc.

I am tempted by the Aura, even though there aren't any slim covers in bright colours, but don't want to hold a larger heavier reader if the available space for text is practically the same. I know it will be better than the Glo or Touch but wondering about the Paperwhite, or even the Sonys.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:18 PM   #110
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On my Aura, I have 29 lines of text and generally 10-11 words per line at a size I am comfortable with. YMMV
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:30 PM   #111
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I have Aura set to Georgia font (no % for font size, but it's over half-way) with border and line spacing set to it's lowest setting.

21 lines
Anywhere between 7-11 words/line.

It would seem I'm going blind, because anything lower and I don't find it comfortable.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:57 PM   #112
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Actual measurement in cm between top of first line of text and the bottom of the last line using a full page of text? This would be of more interest as it will be independent (virtually) of font, font size or line height.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:05 PM   #113
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As intriguing as the numbers of lines, measuring margins is (I admit, I got hooked), ultimately it comes down to the entire reading experience. Clarity that is related to the display, the light, how it feels in your hand, availability and adjustability of fonts, the importance (or lack of importance) of an sd card, how it plays with your other devices.

I'm in the middle of a really great book. I think I will go read and leave MR for tomorrow.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:15 PM   #114
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How do you do this???
It was mentioned earlier in the thread, but you just have to long-press on items you want to access the menu on. In the Reading Life screen, press and hold on an item (like a book, award, etc) to get the Open/Dismiss menu. You can't dismiss the Sync or Library items, though. I like it more than the pile-of-books in the Kobo Vox, Arc, or Touch/Glo however. One-stop shelf access is GREAT.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #115
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Does anyone know how to remove the page numbers on the bottom of a pdf? By this I mean, on the Aura HD, not via cropping. I have a book that's already cropped, yet the Aura takes a good quarter to half an inch to show page numbers. Just wasting HD space IMO.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:40 PM   #116
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It was mentioned earlier in the thread, but you just have to long-press on items you want to access the menu on. In the Reading Life screen, press and hold on an item (like a book, award, etc) to get the Open/Dismiss menu. You can't dismiss the Sync or Library items, though. I like it more than the pile-of-books in the Kobo Vox, Arc, or Touch/Glo however. One-stop shelf access is GREAT.
Awesome, thanks for the tip! And I agree about the one-stop shelf access! Great indeed!

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Old 04-27-2013, 07:47 PM   #117
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:15 PM   #118
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  • I really like the fact that all of the preloaded fonts can be adjusted. That is new in this firmware, so not really Aura only.
If you are referring to "Advanced" adjustments, actually Gothic, Ryumin and OpenDyslexic still can't. OpenDyslexic makes sense though...since it's a specialised font.
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In one of the now many Aura threads someone asked for a pic comparing the text displayed on the Paperwhite and the Aura (can't find the post now). I don't have a PW anymore, but I do have a Kindle Touch (display should be the same/similar) so I did the best I could to get font and line spacing the same (got pretty close). Hope this helps, sorry the pic isn't great.
I think the pic is great. And very good job of font matching as well.
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My Kobo Aura showed up to Japan yesterday so far I'm impressed. I want to make that clear-because I'm going to mention the things I'm not happy about or not clear on so it might look like I have an overall negative impression but that's not at all the case.

The reader is not at all as big or heavy as I was expecting. It feels similar to my PRS-650. The creased back is much more subtle than it looks like in the pictures and doesn't give me the grip that I thought it was. Especially since the plastic is a little slippery. After reading on it last night I was getting used to it though.
Light and speed are both great. I've had no problems with "creaking" that some people have had. The build is great.
The front page does have a bit of a "crowded" look. Most of my "problems" so far have nothing to do with the reader and all to do with my coming from a Sony Reader and not being used to how things are done and some issues with software and the fact that I live in Japan.
So here goes....
I initially had trouble with the set up because I'm living in Japan and the Kobo asked me for my Rakuten id. All of the other Kobo apps/website allow you to sign in with your normal Kobo account but not the reader. I didn't have a Rakuten id and I didn't know how to link my account so that was a problem. So I tried to set up through the computer. The reader was syncing to my Kobo software which was fine until I got to some old newspaper trials which I had a couple of years ago and cancelled. But even though they were canceled for some reason they're still in my system and when it got to those it just hanged. I suspect it's because I'm living in Japan and those subscriptions are not available in Japan. The subscriptions tab doesn't even show up on my Kobo PC software. I've emailed Kobo support to see if they can remove them. So I was never able to complete a full sync. I thought I was in trouble but I tried logging in with my normal id through wifi again and this time it worked! Perhaps connecting to the PC did help. I had about 60 books synced toy reader but the website tells me I have 72 which is odd. One problem I had was that most of the book covers were tiny! And they were all epubs-why would that be so if I synced directly from Kobo? The funny thing is that my side loaded books from calibre were all kepubs thanks to the new kepub plug in. So I archived all the books and sideloaded all my books through Calibre. So much for syncing with Kobo.
Some people have complained about the library a bit. I wish I could view my books according to date added but that doesn't seem to be an option. On my 650 when you order according to title, there is an alphabet sidebar that allows you to jump to the first letter of the title but in the Aura you seem to have to just keep swiping until you get to the book that you're looking for.
Anything else? I wish the light could be adjusted with one touch rather than two. I read in a pitch black room and 5% is fine. I don't know how people did it with the super bright Glo.
My one complaint with hardware is that black is bad for fingerprints as I suspected.
Oh one disappointment is that I expected pictures and maps to look a lot better with the extra resolution and maybe they do but I can't tell because they're so small. Maps and things like that seem just as useless as they were on my old 650. Is there any way to zoom up on pictures in a kepub? (not PDF).

Well that's about it so far. I hope I didn't give the impression that I'm unhappy because that's not the case. Most of these things are just niggles and I hope they'll be improved.
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