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Old 09-28-2010, 11:18 PM   #1
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Getting very cranky

Half of my books are only half books! I will get to read 5-6 chapters (sometimes not so much) and then the next chapters are blank or gibberish. I am running 1.4. The books are ones I read before so I know they worked at one point. They were uninstalled and then reinstalled. I have tried syncing several times and sometimes I get a little more and sometimes I don't.

Why is this happening?
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:25 PM   #2
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Try and transfer them via Calibre and see how it goes. Might be the ADE or Kobo desktop causing the issue.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:33 PM   #3
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I am not all that tech savvy. I do not want to have to download another software. Why can't the one made for my reader do it? (not meaning to snark at you, i get very snippy when I have nothing to read,)
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Can you provide a little more detail? Are you having problem with books purchased from and transferred with the Kobo software? Are these ePubs or PDF?
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:46 PM   #5
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These are books I bought off of Kobobooks.com and transferred the only way I know how, the software that was built into the reader. I have done this more than 20 times. These books HAVE worked before and after the last time I charged the device and started re-reading a book, half of it was not there.

I have updated my library and synced my device several times since finding the error and the only difference was one more chapter showed up in the book I am reading. Several chapters before and after it are blank.
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Old 09-29-2010, 12:12 AM   #6
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This sounds like it is books in Kobo format, and not ePub. Probably a corrupted database?
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I am not all that tech savvy. I do not want to have to download another software. Why can't the one made for my reader do it? (not meaning to snark at you, i get very snippy when I have nothing to read,)
By using another program to transfer your ebooks to the Kobo, it allows you to isolate the problem. If the ebooks transfer fine using Calibre then the Kobo itself is not at fault.

I have a Sony reader as well and the software is patchy at best. So dodgy bundled software can be an issue for all ereaders.

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This sounds like it is books in Kobo format, and not ePub. Probably a corrupted database?
Kobo does not have a native closed format. It uses ADE ePUB for it's main format.
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Kobo does not have a native closed format. It uses ADE ePUB for it's main format.
It most certainly does. The kobo uses a proprietary format stored in an sqlite database - not EPUB. It supports EPUB via side load however.
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They are preloaded books. Can you buy sqlite ebooks "off the shelf"?

I am not so sure you actually can.
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They are preloaded books. Can you buy sqlite ebooks "off the shelf"?

I am not so sure you actually can.
All of the books purchased from Kobo and loaded via the Kobo Desktop software go directly into the database. I find that the formatting is better and page turns faster than EPubs so I use the desktop - database option exclusively.

As for Limmer I would try to dump the database and reset it to factory defaults (see sticky thread at the top of this forum, it has easy to follow instructions) and see if it's still a problem. If it is then return your reader post haste sir!
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There you go. I do not use any software supplied by my readers as I prefer ePUB. All the ereaders we have in the house can thus read the books in our library.
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when you buy the book on kobo dont use the kobo software. Log into kobo books with your web browser adn choose the epub purchase option. Then you can use ADE to load it onto your kobo. It may be that if you already bought the book through your kobo software that you can also download the epub from your browser but I am not sure about that.
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when you buy the book on kobo dont use the kobo software. Log into kobo books with your web browser adn choose the epub purchase option. Then you can use ADE to load it onto your kobo. It may be that if you already bought the book through your kobo software that you can also download the epub from your browser but I am not sure about that.
Yes you can have both. For backup purposes, I always download the ePub, even though I use the Kobo desktop software.

One difference between Kobo and ePub format is that all ePubs I've read have fixed page numbers so you can be on the same page number for 2 or 3 page turns; and therefore you can tell what page of the book, not chapter, you are on.
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One difference between Kobo and ePub format is that all ePubs I've read have fixed page numbers so you can be on the same page number for 2 or 3 page turns; and therefore you can tell what page of the book, not chapter, you are on.
Actually, the biggest difference is, EPUB supports images, the native kobo format doesn't.
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