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Old 02-03-2019, 09:41 AM   #1
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Upgrade from Kobo Aura HD to Likebook Mars

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I have been using my Kobo Aura HD for years now. And I have considered to get a new reader a couple of times during the years.
I was looking at the Kobo Forma but, but there is someone selling his 1 month old like new Likebook Mars at a good price in the contry where I live. The Kobo forma including a protective cover, will cost me around twice the price of the Likebook.
My concerns with the Likebook is mostly battery life. On my Aura, it feels like the battery lasts forever. I can bring it on vacation without thinking about the battery, because there is always plenty.
Have anyone of you that changed from a Kobo/Kindle to a Lifebook Android device, ever had battery issues?
The reason for upgrading, is because i would like to have the nightlight.
Also I'm hoping that the new device I will be getting, will be more responsive, especially when turning pages.
Do you think, the Likebook will be a good upgrade?
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The Likebook may be a good upgrade. I was interested in it myself, due entirely to the better hardware than most ereader devices, and to the fact it runs Android so one could install other apps.

However, I'd exercise caution. I decided not to go that route, as the OS is based on Android 6 which is rife with serious security flaws. Say that you start using it the way it was intended, you install various Android apps for convenience, you give it your Gmail credentials (which you may also use to access other sites, etc.). Then let's say somebody exploits one of those Android 6 flaws and gets your credentials, or some of your other private data. It's a real risk, and a real design flaw with these devices that are based on Android 6 or earlier.

Bottom line: for myself I'm going to stick with either low-risk, dedicated ereader devices that are just for books, or with tablets or PC's that are able to run the full modern versions of whatever OS they are based on, so that there's a reduced attack surface and security holes are plugged regularly.
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Old 02-06-2019, 11:37 AM   #3
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Thanks. I already made the decision, and bought the Likebook Mars. I'm expecting it's arrival within the next few days.
I know Android gives the possibility to check email and use a lot of social media apps. And I will be login in to google store. But the plan is to disable most features which isn't reading related, including email clients . The reason to get an Android based reader is, because it's the only way to read books from the public libraries online services, where I live. Book services like Mofibo is also only supported on Android and IOS.
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Thanks. I already made the decision, and bought the Likebook Mars. I'm expecting it's arrival within the next few days.
I know Android gives the possibility to check email and use a lot of social media apps. And I will be login in to google store. But the plan is to disable most features which isn't reading related, including email clients . The reason to get an Android based reader is, because it's the only way to read books from the public libraries online services, where I live. Book services like Mofibo is also only supported on Android and IOS.
That approach sounds reasonable, given how your public libraries work. Hope that you will post an update here soon on how it goes with the Likebook Mars. I know that a lot of us here are interested in it.
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:39 AM   #5
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Hello again
My Likebook Mars arrived a couple of days ago. The screen and hardware in general seems good. I haven't had much time to read on it yet. But I have been trying to set it up the way i like it best. The biggest 2 issues for now, is the text setup in the default reading app and the library setup.
The library is missing some settings compared to the Kobo firmware. For instance, it doesn't use the metadata info on series and there isn't any options to gather all the titles under authors. So you have all the titles listed in one long list, sorted by authors instead.
But luckily you can separate the files into "Authors folders" and insert the series info into the file names using Calibre. So it's listed almost as on my Kobo.
The default reader could have been great. You can add your own fonts and dictionaries. But the text is a little messy. Some of the lines uses extra space between the words, like its trying adjust the with of the text lines.
My workaround for now, is to use Koreader. You can set it up, to load the books automatically with an alternative reader.
I think it's kind of odd, that they would release a dedicated e-book reader, with an error like that.
I hope you can understand what I'm writing, since English isn't my main language.

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The library is missing some settings compared to the Kobo firmware. For instance, it doesn't use the metadata info on series ...
ePub books don't have any series metadata. It's not a part of the standard.
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Hello again
My Likebook Mars arrived a couple of days ago. The screen and hardware in general seems good. I haven't had much time to read on it yet. But I have been trying to set it up the way i like it best. The biggest 2 issues for now, is the text setup in the default reading app and the library setup.
The library is missing some settings compared to the Kobo firmware. For instance, it doesn't use the metadata info on series and there isn't any options to gather all the titles under authors. So you have all the titles listed in one long list, sorted by authors instead.
But luckily you can separate the files into "Authors folders" and insert the series info into the file names using Calibre. So it's listed almost as on my Kobo.
The default reader could have been great. You can add your own fonts and dictionaries. But the text is a little messy. Some of the lines uses extra space between the words, like its trying adjust the with of the text lines.
My workaround for now, is to use Koreader. You can set it up, to load the books automatically with an alternative reader.
I think it's kind of odd, that they would release a dedicated e-book reader, with an error like that.
I hope you can understand what I'm writing, since English isn't my main language.
You're approaching it differently to me. You're treating it like a Kobo. It's not. It's like a little computer, like a phone. You can do so much more with it.

I suggest you install a new ereader app. I use Alreader, but many people prefer things like moonreader which organizes things for you.

I organize my books in folders just like I would on a PC. Then I set the UI to always open using Alreader. But you can do it anyway you want. The device is like a phone. Plug it into the PC and set up your folders then read them using Alreader or Coolreader or whatever.
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I suggest you install a new ereader app. I use Alreader, but many people prefer things like moonreader which organizes things for you.
This. IMHO, the whole reason for the appeal of an Android e-ink is so you can run Android apps. Find a reader you like. The two best I've ever found, which you can try for free if they will work on your device's earlier Android version, are Moon+, and FB Reader.

Please give us an update how it goes after you try one of the better reader apps.
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I have organised my books in author folders and included the series info in the file names. So lists the books like I prefer.
I have it setup to automatically open the books with Koreader.
It works very well now. It's very responsive and fast, compared to my old Kobo Aura HD.
If I use it only as a book reader, the battery life is also more than enough.
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It seems 5 hours of reading divided into 4 sessions used about 11 % of battery (100-89) with the reader shut of between each sesion. Backlight, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi was off.
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