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Old 06-10-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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This morning my wife asked me if she should pick up a Kobo. I had to stop and think about the extra work that I would need to do to support my wife using a Kobo. Every eBook would need to be 'messed' with to correct the font problem.

I suddenly realized that I could not recommend a Kobo to a non-tech because they would go crazy with the font problem.
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:11 PM   #2
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This morning my wife asked me if she should pick up a Kobo. I had to stop and think about the extra work that I would need to do to support my wife using a Kobo. Every eBook would need to be 'messed' with to correct the font problem.

I suddenly realized that I could not recommend a Kobo to a non-tech because they would go crazy with the font problem.
To be fair they said they are going to fix the problem, but you're right, I wouldn't recommend the Kobo to anyone until I knew for sure they fixed the font problem.
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Really? How many books do you think she'll read before the font problem is fixed? It takes about 30 seconds to fix an ebook...
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:20 PM   #4
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To be fair they said they are going to fix the problem, but you're right, I wouldn't recommend the Kobo to anyone until I knew for sure they fixed the font problem.
I think that it is fair to say. I may also get another kobo for the family after I see how the firmware update goes.
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:25 PM   #5
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Really? How many books do you think she'll read before the font problem is fixed? It takes about 30 seconds to fix an ebook...
I can see it now. She would buy a book or two. Then she is very much into using the public libarary. I can foresee her borrowing and downloading 5-10 books on the first day. She will then skim through each one before settling down for a good read.

I hate to be put into a position of breaking the drm on 5-10 books to fix the fonts and meddle with the style sheets.
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:26 PM   #6
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I've only read books on the Kobo through their software (not ADE) and I never had the font issue...
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:37 PM   #7
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Books purchased from the KoboBookstore http://www.kobobooks.com do not have the font resize issue.

Epubs from other sources do have the resize issue. (At least until it's fixed in the Firmware)
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Old 06-10-2010, 03:43 PM   #8
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Books purchased from the KoboBookstore http://www.kobobooks.com do not have the font resize issue.

Epubs from other sources do have the resize issue. (At least until it's fixed in the Firmware)
I had problems with both "In Defense of Food" and "A funny thing happened on the way to the future". I bought both of these from the Kobo Bokstore.
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My mom has had the issue where a book is loaded on but will not show up in the list. I will have to do the SQL database reset hack on it when she returns from vacation. My dad is getting a Kobo for father's day---I suggested the Aluratek Libre but stepmom had an Indigo coupon and did not listen to my advice
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Kobo advertised that you would be able to read books other than those purchased from them. It turns out that this is yet another lie told by Kobo.

I have never seen a more inept company.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:13 PM   #11
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Kobo advertised that you would be able to read books other than those purchased from them. It turns out that this is yet another lie told by Kobo.

I have never seen a more inept company.
Ummm.... what?

I'm reading all kinds of books on my kobo that I didn't purchase from the kobo store.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:16 PM   #12
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I would not recommend the Kobo to someone else at this point. It has problems. You could get another reader and be problem free.

If Kobo comes through with a firmware that solves the current issues then I might recommend, but not until.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:20 PM   #13
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Kobo advertised that you would be able to read books other than those purchased from them. It turns out that this is yet another lie told by Kobo.

I have never seen a more inept company.
I have been able to read all of the books that I downloaded. But, I did have to hack at the style sheet in most of them.

http://freesfonline.de/authors/Gordon%20R._Dickson.html
http://www.baen.com/library/
http://www.stevejordanbooks.com/
http://craphound.com/?cat=5
http://www.starrigger.net/ebooks.htm
http://www.timpratt.org/
http://manybooks.net/
http://www.feedbooks.com/
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I did have to hack at the style sheet in most of them.
That part is the key to the lie.
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That part is the key to the lie.
It's not a LIE.... it's just a bug. Its not like they are stating the font-scaling issue will not be fixed, deal with it or buy from us.... It's an undesirable problem, to both us and them, and they are fixing it.
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