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Old 06-22-2020, 08:25 AM   #1
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Sideloading bought comics to Kobo?

Hiya, I bought some manga from the kobo store and saved it to my adobe digital editions so that later I can side load them to my kobo through calibre, but the pages donít load in ADE.

Is there another way for me to get the manga onto my kobo without using WiFi? I donít want the firmware updates since Iím using a previous version of calibre and I donít think the new firmware is compatible
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Old 06-22-2020, 08:54 AM   #2
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There is a patch or two to avoid firmware update, it depends on what firmware You are blocked in, You can check them for it, remember that each set of patches is for a specific firmware (don't use patches for last firmware for a old firmware, use the patches created for it), otherwise some "amusing" things will happen. So when You synchronize You will download books but You won't update firmware.

Personally, and I repeat personally because it is not documented anywhere and nobody else told me that I am right, I use a little trick when I don't want to update immediately: I change the affiliation in something that does not exist because kobo will check it to decide if there is a new firmware for that affiliation.

In the .kobo directory of Your Kobo there is a file affiliate.conf. The affiliation can be changed from kobo (or walmart or what is) into "nobody" or a casual word. Kobo uses it to determine if books are sold to some affiliate user.

The good news is that if it doesn't work You can reverse to an older firmware. I have never done it but I know that it is possible.

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Old 06-22-2020, 09:26 AM   #3
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Hiya, I bought some manga from the kobo store and saved it to my adobe digital editions so that later I can side load them to my kobo through calibre, but the pages donít load in ADE.

Is there another way for me to get the manga onto my kobo without using WiFi?
What format are they? If they are epubs or PDF wit Adobe DRM, then you either sideload them with ADE or you need to remove the DRM and then sideload in whatever method you want to.

If they are CBZ or CBR, then you can just add them to the device.
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I donít want the firmware updates since Iím using a previous version of calibre and I donít think the new firmware is compatible
Any particular reason? But, any calibre version that supports the Forma will work fine with later versions of the firmware is you enable the "Attempt to support newer firmware version" option. Depending on how old the version of calibre, you won't get the new Series tab support, but, everything else should work.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:04 PM   #4
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What version of Calibre are you using? Is there any reason you cannot use the current version?
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:19 PM   #5
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I seem to recall at one time that the extension had to match the compression; ie CBR had to be Rar internally and CBZ had to be Zip internally.
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Old 06-22-2020, 09:10 PM   #6
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Itís a CBZ file. I canít even view the books in ADE. When I open them I only see the top part of the image and it never loads completely.

The reason I donít want to update the firmware (outside of calibre) is that Iíve read reviews saying that the new firmware drains the battery fast (Iím talking about the Kobo Aura one LE, not the forma btw)

As for not installing the newer calibre, from what Iíve read, the new version has issues with displaying and side loading custom covers (Iím using the 3.41.3 64bit version).
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Old 06-22-2020, 10:05 PM   #7
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Why are you using ADE instead of Calibre to copy the CBZ files to the Kobo? ADE doesn't support CBZ files afaik.

CBZ is just a plain ZIP file containing images. No DRM involved. Heck, you can even use a simple file manager to copy it to your Kobo.
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Old 06-23-2020, 12:48 AM   #8
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Itís a CBZ file. I canít even view the books in ADE. When I open them I only see the top part of the image and it never loads completely.
I have never heard of ADE supporting CBZ, so that probably explains why it doesn't work.

For any book format without DRM, you can just copy it to the device.
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The reason I donít want to update the firmware (outside of calibre) is that Iíve read reviews saying that the new firmware drains the battery fast (Iím talking about the Kobo Aura one LE, not the forma btw)
That isn't my experience with any of my Kobo devices. But, it also depends on what you are comparing to. What firmware are you currently running?

And, for curiosity, where are the reviews? Or are you referring to discussions here?
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As for not installing the newer calibre, from what Iíve read, the new version has issues with displaying and side loading custom covers (Iím using the 3.41.3 64bit version).
As a heavy calibre user that has been updating through all versions, I have no idea what you are talking about. Unless you are referring to the changes in the viewer that came in with version 4. And those have been fixed. But, if you can point me to a thread discussing the problems, I'd like to check.
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Itís a CBZ file. I canít even view the books in ADE. When I open them I only see the top part of the image and it never loads completely.

As davidfor already said, you can just add these to the Kobo. Thereís no need for Calibre or ADE. Plug your Kobo into the USB port, wait for it to mount, then drag your CBZ and CBR files into the root directory. (On the Mac you just drag and drop the comics onto the desktop icon.) Then eject the Kobo, and watch the magic as your Kobo imports the files.

Comic Book Zip or Comic Book Rar files are just zip or rar archives given a spiffy extension. (For example, rename your .cbz file to .zip and you can unpack the archive into a folder with images. Same with .cbr.) ADE reads PDF files. It wouldnít know what to do with zip or rar archives. So your solution is fairly simple. Good luck!



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As davidfor already said, you can just add these to the Kobo. Thereís no need for Calibre or ADE. Plug your Kobo into the USB port, wait for it to mount, then drag your CBZ and CBR files into the root directory. (On the Mac you just drag and drop the comics onto the desktop icon.) Then eject the Kobo, and watch the magic as your Kobo imports the files.
What you did make me think of, and I should have mentioned earlier, was the advantage of using calibre for CBR/CBZ files. The device doesn't read metadata from them. But, calibre can update it after the comics have been imported on the device.
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okay, i have to clear something up. i made a mistake calling them CBZ files. they're epub. i did some experimenting by buying some manga from another series, and they load just time in ADE. i bought another from the series i'm having a problem with, and that one failed to load too.

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okay, i have to clear something up. i made a mistake calling them CBZ files. they're epub. i did some experimenting by buying some manga from another series, and they load just time in ADE. i bought another from the series i'm having a problem with, and that one failed to load too.

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One possibility is that the epubs are not just epub3 but are epub3 fixed layout. My daughter purchased a couple of comics in that format. On her Kobo, renaming the file from .epub to .fxl.kepub.epub let them display properly. They may display correctly in ADE 4.5.x if you want to upgrade from the ADE 2 you seem to be running.
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