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Old 04-28-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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Question Synchronizing my own books between Kobo Glo and Kobo Android

Hello,

I'm currently reading a lot of my own epubs (mainly from Project Gutenberg).

Is there a way to have them synced between my Kobo Glo and my Android phone?

I guess that you have to manually upload the epub files on both (I use calibre) but I would like to have the current reading position synced accross devices.

Did anybody succeed doing that?

Thanks
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Hello,

I'm currently reading a lot of my own epubs (mainly from Project Gutenberg).

Is there a way to have them synced between my Kobo Glo and my Android phone?

I guess that you have to manually upload the epub files on both (I use calibre) but I would like to have the current reading position synced accross devices.

Did anybody succeed doing that?

Thanks
You cannot sync sideloaded books only books purchased from Kobo.
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Thanks for the answer. That's really sad :-(
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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It can be looked at as inconvenient. It can also be looked at as Kobo respecting your privacy by not learning what books you've sideloaded. I tend to look at it the second way.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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It can be looked at as inconvenient. It can also be looked at as Kobo respecting your privacy by not learning what books you've sideloaded. I tend to look at it the second way.
It would be nice to have the option to have the sideloaded books sync, though, like Amazon does--with the Kindle, if I want sideloaded books to sync, I can store them in Amazon's cloud by emailing the book file to the cloud. If I don't want them to sync, I can just sideload using the USB cable.

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Old 04-29-2013, 08:20 AM   #6
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I've thought about this a whole lot, and even though I have no real answer, these are some of the possibilities I have come up with.
  • It's simply a business decision. Having kepub only syncing results in Kobo owners being more likely to buy from Kobo and less likely to use Adobe epub files from them or anyone else. BTW, Kobo has to pay Adobe on a per download basis when folks choose to get that format from Kobo.
  • It's doable, but not a priority for Kobo.
  • It's doable, but there are privacy act compliance issues that the Kobo can't (yet) get past.
  • It's doable, but since there are no exceptions for personal use for drm removal in Canada, Kobo would have to risk legal issues arising out of hosting and distributing "illegal" content on their servers.
  • Some combination of those above.
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You cannot sync sideloaded books only books purchased from Kobo.
Even if you convert its format from epub to kepub?
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:24 AM   #8
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Correct. the only material Kobo sync's across Kobo devices are those bought from Kobo in kepub format. Even then, the sync is actually from the cloud down to each device, and not device to device.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:52 PM   #9
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Ok, now I know.
Thanks a lot, Peter!
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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Hopefully not treading on Peter's toes again (sorry Peter!)

As mentioned, side-loaded content, regardless of format is not synced between our devices / apps.

In addition to the file itself, things such as stats, awards, notes, highlights, and the position in the book (cloud bookmark as we term it) are also not synced for side-loaded files.
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Hmm...

I'm glad I found this thread.

I have read VERY positive reviews of the Kobo Aura, and was all set to lash out and invest in one.

However, I already have a Kindle Paperwhite 2, and one feature I use regularly is syncing between the PW2 and the Kindle app on my iPhone, for use when I am out and about. This works for me whether the books are purchased from Amazon or not. I had assumed I'd be able to do likewise with the Aura.

Apparently not.

Kobo ads make no mention of this limitation, that I could find. It is, of course, Kobo's right to limit the sync function to books purchased from them. I understand that. However, I'm afraid that it is a deal-breaker for me, and it disappoints me.

Thanks everyone for the information. You've saved me $AU180, so my wife thanks you too.
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