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Old 05-08-2020, 01:04 AM   #1
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Device: Kobo Clara HD, iPad Pro 10", iPhone 7
Ugh... Clara has no Dropbox :(

While waiting for my Clara to arrive (UPS is so slow! I've gotten so used to 2 day delivery!) I decided to prepare to take advantage of the Dropbox feature that I'd read about.

I wrote a nice bash script, run as a chron job, that would use Calibre's ebook-convert and recipes to download news once per day, and then kepubify to convert them for the Kobo, then copy the resulting files to a folder in Dropbox, cleaning up files more than 7 days old. The script even had sections to only download some feeds once per week. (I know that Calibre has the ability to auto-sync news, auto clean-up, and auto-copy to device, but I wanted to use Dropbox, and I didn't want my library "cluttered with news, and I don't like the extra folders/files that Calibre creates [or at least, didn't like them on my Kindle] -- I like a bit more manual control).

The script was tested, working great, I've got news in kepub format, ready to read on my Kobo once it arrives... and then I noticed that the feature is only supported for the Forma!

Now I'm wondering whether I want to root the device to install KoboCloud, or just do without my fancy new script. Oh well. :-/

I've looked through the source for KoboCloud, and it looks safe enough, but I'm curious what the potential risks (beyond the obvious warranty concerns) are with rooting (e.g. security -- I assume the OS is now open). Is Kobo as hostile to rooting as Amazon? Will I lose root? I decided on my Paperwhite to stop playing those games years ago and just stuck with untampered firmwares and my PW1 finally settled on a non-rootable version, so I can't change my mind about that anyhow.

BTW, as a general statement, how hard is Kobo development vs Kindle development? It looks fairly straightforward after browsing the source for that and KOReader.
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