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Old 04-28-2013, 10:22 AM   #661
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Dear Author has a review of the Aura (he didn't like the Paperwhite, and is coming from a Kindle Touch).

He quite likes the Aura, but says that it treats side loaded books differently than it treats books downloaded directly from Kobo.
I can't help but say DUH of course it does, the same way Kobo always has. The two types of books go through different rendering engines; side loaded use the Adobe based engine, direct the ACCESS based engine.
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I can't help but say DUH of course it does, the same way Kobo always has. The two types of books go through different rendering engines; side loaded use the Adobe based engine, direct the ACCESS based engine.
Being (till now and maybe from now on as well) exclusively Kindle user, this for me was a surprise + a valuable information in considering buying Aura. I couldn't have even imagined that and I am grateful to MR community that I know that now.
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No, I am not a UK expat but neither am I spanish, and I read in english. Kobo uses Paypal, but seemingly with localization so it does not allow me to access the UK, nor the US books database. Without jumping through hoops (VPN) and without lying (adress and/or bank details) I simply cannot buy the same books that I can buy with my amazon account without any tricks, and that's a fact.
aceflor, it turns out that you can change the localization without having to change the payment details! More precisely:
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Your address does not have to match what your billing address is, it doesn't even have to match your credit card address. I've been using my Dutch credit card on a fake UK address since forever with no problems at all
see here.
You can also set say a UK account to buy kobo books and gift them to your "real" account, so that any books get downloaded to it, while the UK based account is only used for the purchases, but not for the downloading of books.
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Dear Author has a review of the Aura (he didn't like the Paperwhite, and is coming from a Kindle Touch).

He quite likes the Aura, but says that it treats side loaded books differently than it treats books downloaded directly from Kobo.
I guess the screen shots in that article were all of the kepub type of epub.
If so, I don't see any real problem with the format displayed by them.

I wish the same thing could be posted (somewhere) showing how sideloaded
epubs look and perhaps we could have a contest to establish the best tweak
parameters, with screen photos to show the results.

Having almost 10,000 ebook files to sideload, I am really interested in a good
way to produce readable ebooks on my newest toy (when it gets here). That
they look fine in Kobo's proprietary format, is both encouraging and very
annoying. If they are deliberately making it so that standard epubs display
poorly, to make their format preferred by Aura HD users, I will be very upset.

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:14 AM   #665
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In my experience with the Kobo Glo, that seems to happen much, much less so now that 2.5.1 has rolled out. (In fact, I can't remember seeing this happen in quite some time now.)
I've seen it happen in the past week, so I would have been running 2.5.0 or 2.5.1 on a Kobo Touch or Arch. I can't remember which, since I try to avoid letting such things bother me.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:06 PM   #666
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I guess the screen shots in that article were all of the kepub type of epub.
If so, I don't see any real problem with the format displayed by them.

I wish the same thing could be posted (somewhere) showing how sideloaded
epubs look and perhaps we could have a contest to establish the best tweak
parameters, with screen photos to show the results.

Having almost 10,000 ebook files to sideload, I am really interested in a good
way to produce readable ebooks on my newest toy (when it gets here). That
they look fine in Kobo's proprietary format, is both encouraging and very
annoying. If they are deliberately making it so that standard epubs display
poorly, to make their format preferred by Aura HD users, I will be very upset.

Luck;
Ken
Standard ebups display very nicely IMO. Better than on my other readers IMO, but this due I think mostly to the superior screen.

And you can send your books in kepub format as well if you want to using calibre.

You don't get the 'features' such as reading stats from within your book for an epub and some fonts may look better, although I don't think significantly better. and you can always get the stats etc. from the home page.

Kepubs also give you a chapter bar instead of page x of xxx and a title at the top but I prefer the epub format so far. It doesn't seem to me that Kobo has taken any thing away from epubs, they have just added some extras to kepubs, which personally I don't even want and certainly don't need

My biggest problem is with the time taken to load shelves. Much slower than Sony or Kindle with far fewer books and/or shelves so I would advise you to load your books a few 100 at a time and don't have any shelves with more than 20 books on them. If you do put on 10,000 books and have shelves for them I would be interested to know how long your shelves take to show up.

Overall though it is very nice, even if I don't really care for the case, the reading experience is great.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #667
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I dunno - I find on my paperwhite the "x minutes left in chapter" to be surprisingly useful (but then, I do a lot of my reading at night before going to sleep.) I would miss that if I didn't have it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:28 PM   #668
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I dunno - I find on my paperwhite the "x minutes left in chapter" to be surprisingly useful (but then, I do a lot of my reading at night before going to sleep.) I would miss that if I didn't have it.
Many people feel that way. Not me though, if I am sleepy I will even stop mid page

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Standard ebups display very nicely IMO. Better than on my other readers IMO, but this due I think mostly to the superior screen.

And you can send your books in kepub format as well if you want to using calibre.

You don't get the 'features' such as reading stats from within your book for an epub and some fonts may look better, although I don't think significantly better. and you can always get the stats etc. from the home page.

Kepubs also give you a chapter bar instead of page x of xxx and a title at the top but I prefer the epub format so far. It doesn't seem to me that Kobo has taken any thing away from epubs, they have just added some extras to kepubs, which personally I don't even want and certainly don't need

My biggest problem is with the time taken to load shelves. Much slower than Sony or Kindle with far fewer books and/or shelves so I would advise you to load your books a few 100 at a time and don't have any shelves with more than 20 books on them. If you do put on 10,000 books and have shelves for them I would be interested to know how long your shelves take to show up.

Overall though it is very nice, even if I don't really care for the case, the reading experience is great.

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Great news, as lazy as I am, I much prefer to not have to do anything to
my current files. Do you see much difference between how a screen full
of text looks in the photos of the "Dear Author" article and your sideloaded
regular epubs? Is there really a great deal more whitespace, in the regular
epubs?

Luck;
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PS; Is there a notice that gives the Adobe Reader Mobile version #, it should
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #670
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I dunno - I find on my paperwhite the "x minutes left in chapter" to be surprisingly useful (but then, I do a lot of my reading at night before going to sleep.) I would miss that if I didn't have it.
you do get that with Kepubs. Can't remember whether you also get this info for epubs, as those I sideload are all "kobified" (i.e. sent to my device whit the plugin that turns them into kepub).
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The "left in chapter" is specific to the kEpub reading engine, and not to the ePub engine.
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I got mine yesterday. I would love it except the display has a few very bright spots that are very distracting when the light is on.
I've got one of these bright spots. Luckily, it's near the bottom of the screen (within 5mm) and I only notice it if I go looking for it.

I cannot figure out what causes it but obviously some defect somewhere...
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Great news, as lazy as I am, I much prefer to not have to do anything to
my current files. Do you see much difference between how a screen full
of text looks in the photos of the "Dear Author" article and your sideloaded
regular epubs? Is there really a great deal more whitespace, in the regular
epubs?

Luck;
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be v9.1.1 or greater
Mine are lile that so far. No extra space that I can tell. I do have the widow and orpahan thing in my preferances>common options>look and feel and had already done a massive reconvert when I got the Mini. Can make a huge difference.

p, body{
widows: 0;
orphans: 0;
}

I also find a difference depending on font,line spacing etc. On the Aura I have margins set like that review because I tend to read by the line or paragraph and without a margin it seems my eyes do not take in a whole line. Probably just not used to the physical width.

Another thing to watch for if this is your first Kobo is that some books have a large gap between line, converted lit and lrf files and some B&N books in my experience. Tweaking the Stylesheet.CSS or convert to mobi and back to epub again will fix this if you run into it.

I wasn't sure if I liked it at first, but now, after reading one book, and adjusting the settings, I think it delightful.

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