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Old 05-07-2019, 12:26 AM   #1
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How to bypass new Kobo setup screen?

I bought a Kobo Rakuten, I have copied free epub books over to it. I switched it on, but it keeps insisting on:
Set up over Wifi
or
Don't have a wifi network

If I don't want to do either and just read the books I copied over, how do I do that?

Also I just copied the books and dumped them in no particular folder, is that the right way or should I set up a new folder for them?
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:45 AM   #2
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I bought a Kobo Rakuten, I have copied free epub books over to it. I switched it on, but it keeps insisting on:
Set up over Wifi
or
Don't have a wifi network

If I don't want to do either and just read the books I copied over, how do I do that?

Also I just copied the books and dumped them in no particular folder, is that the right way or should I set up a new folder for them?
The Kobo devices need to be setup. There is plenty of discussion here about how to fake this. A search should find it.

And you can sideload to any directory that doesn't start with a dot. Putting them in the root directory will work, but using subdirectories will generally work better as you add more books.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:54 AM   #3
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what would I need to type in?

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The Kobo devices need to be setup. There is plenty of discussion here about how to fake this. A search should find it.
What should I type into the search box to get those results?
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:07 AM   #4
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easiest way is to sign up with a trash / fake email address and disable wifi afterwards
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:34 AM   #5
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easiest way is to sign up with a trash / fake email address and disable wifi afterwards
What if I don't want to even connect to wifi or download the desktop app, but rather just read the epub books I copied and pasted from the older Kobo device - is there a way to do that?
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What if I don't want to even connect to wifi or download the desktop app, but rather just read the epub books I copied and pasted from the older Kobo device - is there a way to do that?
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...ad.php?t=82265

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=217160
see Registration Bypassing

This is how I found it
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=mobileread+kobo...ut+registering

I still think that connecting to a WiFi once and registering to fake name and fake email address (see mailinator.com) is *MUCH* less effort.

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Old 05-07-2019, 07:56 AM   #7
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I don't think so.
You only need a fake email, it doesn't need to exist, and wifi once.
No desktop app needed. No credit card needed.
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Assuming that you are a windows user:
1. Connect your Kobo
2. Navigate to KOBOeReader/.kobo, there should be a file name KoboReader.sqlite (copy the link)
3. Download https://sqlite.org/2019/sqlite-tools...86-3280000.zip, and unpack it.
4. Open command prompt in the folder above.
5. sqlite3 (paste the link)
6. copy and paste this: INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1','');
7. type .quit
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:31 AM   #9
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What if I don't want to even connect to wifi or download the desktop app, but rather just read the epub books I copied and pasted from the older Kobo device - is there a way to do that?
If you have another Kobo device, running 3.x/4.x firmware, copying over the entire structure (including Kobo/KoboReader.sqlite) while preserving timestamps, might make it work and also transfer the reading progress, collections etc.

Otherwise insert something into the Users table, although there can be side effects ( I stopped doing that when it caused the Settings menu to crash the reader ). Using a fake email address is quick and painless and makes sure everything is setup correctly.

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Old 07-26-2019, 11:07 AM   #10
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Where exactly do these value go?



I'm looking at the file in atom or textmate.



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Assuming that you are a windows user:
1. Connect your Kobo
2. Navigate to KOBOeReader/.kobo, there should be a file name KoboReader.sqlite (copy the link)
3. Download https://sqlite.org/2019/sqlite-tools...86-3280000.zip, and unpack it.
4. Open command prompt in the folder above.
5. sqlite3 (paste the link)
6. copy and paste this: INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1','');
7. type .quit

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Old 07-26-2019, 12:19 PM   #11
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Assuming that you are a windows user:
1. Connect your Kobo
2. Navigate to KOBOeReader/.kobo, there should be a file name KoboReader.sqlite (copy the link)
3. Download https://sqlite.org/2019/sqlite-tools...86-3280000.zip, and unpack it.
4. Open command prompt in the folder above.
5. sqlite3 (paste the link)
6. copy and paste this: INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1','');
7. type .quit
If you use Linux, likely you have SQLite already and can use the package manager to install a desktop GUI (if there isn't one already)
Make a backup copy of KoboReader.sqlite to the PC/Laptop
use the SQLite GUI to do step 6 on the kobo file.

Or just invent an imaginary email address and connect to WiFi once, even somewhere else if you have no WiFi.
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Assuming that you are a windows user:
1. Connect your Kobo
2. Navigate to KOBOeReader/.kobo, there should be a file name KoboReader.sqlite (copy the link)
3. Download https://sqlite.org/2019/sqlite-tools...86-3280000.zip, and unpack it.
4. Open command prompt in the folder above.
5. sqlite3 (paste the link)
6. copy and paste this: INSERT INTO user(UserID,UserKey) VALUES('1','');
7. type .quit
Thank you so much for this!

I was able to get this going on Linux in less than 1-minute!

I really appreciate your help - you rule.
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WOW! You people are really paranoid.
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WOW! You people are really paranoid.
You don't have to be paranoid to use a device you paid for the way you want to use it. Personally I don't mind connecting to my books online, but I understand that others don't want to do that.
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There is no need to bypass the Kobo set up screen. Simply use an imaginary email address. They don't check it or send mail or require payment card details

With a kindle, you DO need a working email address, but you can bypass putting in a payment card by sending a $1 gift voucher to that email, bought on Amazon.com as the USA seems to be the default if there is no address. It might vary by IP address, but that was the case in Ireland. The Collections don't work without registration on a Kindle, unless it's a very old one.

The Kobo isn't a problem at all.
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