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Old 01-14-2020, 05:26 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to Kobo. I was wondering if it is possible to read my ebooks directly in the browser. I have a Win10 notebook but I'm not enabled to install third part software. In the past I have used Kindle cloud reader and I like it.
Is that possible with Kobo?
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Old 01-14-2020, 05:44 AM   #2
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Do you mean that you want to read ebooks on your laptop instead of on your Kobo Clara? Not that you want to read ebooks in the browser that's on your Clara?

If the ebooks are from kobo, I don't think so, not if you can't install any software like Adobe Digital Editions. If you bought them from Amazon, you should be able to use whatever you already used to read them. If bought from elsewhere, then it depends what facilities those ebook vendors provide. If borrowed from Overdrive, yes, there is in-browser reading.

But you can also read your kobo books on your Clara, and on any phone or tablet that you have.
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Hi, thank you for the answer.
I have a Kobo Clara Hd, but when I don't have the device with me I would like to read my (Kobo store) purchased ebook on my laptop, without install the Kobo app. I would like to keep them sync. Can I read them from Chrome or Firefox?
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.. I would like to keep them sync. Can I read them from Chrome or Firefox?
no and no. they are encrypted (DRM) for your Kobo device to unlock.

it is possible to remove the encryption with other programs and then read on PC but once you do that, they are no longer "kobo's books" so they will not sync.

and you have to use other sites for detailed help with removing DRM

even if you had the device to hand, and copied the books from your device to a PC, they would not be readable on the PC in a browser.

this is the price you pay for keeping the pirates at bay ( even though most are not thwarted).
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even if you had the device to hand, and copied the books from your device to a PC, they would not be readable on the PC in a browser.
Does the EPUBreader plugin still work for Firefox? (Not on a PC on which you can install nothing, of course).

To the OP: A smartphone will do what you want, if you have one (I believe pretty much all smartphones will run the Kobo app). Or just carry your Clara. Sorry about that.
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It's a shame because with Kindle I can do it, anyway thanks to everyone for the answers.
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