Big update to the Kobo Touch to v 2.0.0

Kobo v2.0.0 updateKobo announced a big update to the Kobo Touch e-reader today. This update is to address some of the complaints about the last update which squeezed recommended books onto the Home Screen.

To get the update, just sync your device and it’ll automatically download & then prompt you to install the update. The update takes a few minutes to install and then your machine will reboot which will take longer than usual, but don’t panic yet.

Once you have it installed you will be greeted with a a new home screen which has a Discovery tab where you’ll find your recommendations. In general, the whole look of the Home Screen is much cleaner and hopefully will take care of the complaints.

Highlights from the release notes:

  1.  Revamped home screen makes finding books easier
  2. Pin books to wishlist so you can buy them later
  3. Create custom book shelves
  4. Get personalized book recommendations
  5. Find books similar to ones in your library
  6. French dictionary
  7. Improved font clarity
  8. Make text sharper with custom Font tuning
  9. Change accounts on your reader.

I think the release notes have left out details on some of the changes. I see they have made it easy to turn off wi-fi and see when you have sync’d last. Some of the menus also seem to be refreshing quicker. There is also a new search icon on the home screen for searching your own library or the Kobo store.

Also, it looks like Sudoku saves your game when you leave it now too!

 

 

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Kobo Update v 1.9.17 released

kobo v1.9.17 update
kobo v1.9.17 update

Kobo has sent out another update, version 1.9.17 for the Kobo Touch eReader

This version includes:

  • improved recognition of page-turn taps
  • Home screen correctly remembers your carousel choice
  • Improved sync performance
  • Fixed render of menu items when a word is highlighted
  • Fixed trouble connecting with wifi
  • Option to share your reading activity to Facebook Timeline
  • Other stability and performance improvements

I’m interested in the improved recognition of page-turn taps. I’ve recently noticed my Kobo Touch has been a bit more finicky about page turns. I might also need to clean the sides of the screen where the IR sensors are.

The Facebook timeline is an interesting feature, though I won’t be linking my Timeline to my Kobo. I’ve seen similar facebook posts from people who have Telus TV and I really don’t need to share what TV shows or books I’m reading at the moment.

 

 

 

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Kobo Coupon Code for this weekend

Received an email with a coupon code for 20% off till February 20th.

The code is feb17ca20. 

Use the code here.

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Acquisition by Rakuten completed

This actually happened a couple weeks ago, but the acquisition has been announced as being formally completed.

Global eReading leader Kobo Inc. (“Kobo”) today announced the successful acquisition of all its outstanding shares by Rakuten, Inc. (jasdaq:4755) (“Rakuten”) for US $315 million. The acquisition has been completed following customary closing conditions, including approval under the Investment Canada Act. Kobo’s management team will remain with the company, which will continue to be headquartered in Toronto.

They also announced a very successful holiday season.

  • Kobo saw a 10-fold increase in new customers compared to the company’s pre-holiday period
  • Compared to last year’s holiday season, eGifting increased by 500%, eReader sales and eBook sales more than doubled
  • More than 1 million new Kobo users were added in December alone

Full press release can be found here.

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Kobo Boxing Day Sale on Kobo Touch

Didn’t get an e-Reader for Christmas? Kobo has a special on the Kobo Touch

$139.99 + $25 gift card + membership to 2012 Kobo Book Club (12 free books)

 

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Welcome new Kobo Owners

Did you receive a Kobo eReader for Christmas? Congratulations!

Some of our past articles you might find interesting:

There is a coupon which expires Dec 31st you might want to check out:
20% Off Kobo eBooks with code “June20off”

Also check out some of the ways to accessorize your Kobo with a cover / case or a Gel skin.

 

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Kobo Touch 1.9.16 update

kobo touch 1.9.16 updateKobo shot out another product update today. This time for the Kobo Touch e-Reader.

This update includes:

  • Speed improvements to page turns & when performing searches
  • Crisper sharper text
  • A new recommended for you list, a listing of books related to your tastes.
  • Changes to the home screen

Kobo has been diligently working away with the updates. I compared a Kobo Touch with the update to one without. I couldn’t really see the difference in the text, but it’s hard to see any pixelization even without the update. There is a definite increase in speed in the page turns, though it was pretty good before as well.

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Kobo Vox updates

Kobo announced a big update to the Vox to take care some of the teething issues they have had since launch.

To get the update:

  1. Click Settings
  2. Then About Kobo eReader
  3. Then System Update.

Improvements include:

• Resolved issue with battery level not reporting the correct charge.
• Resolved issue with some customers losing their WiFi connectivity.
• Improved video streaming.
• Improved the stability of device resuming from Standby mode.
• Plus various bug fixes.

A number of other enhancements were added at the same time:

  • Updated  reading menu
  • Dictionary
  • New Page themes
  • New Fonts
  • New Shelf Backgrounds
  • Search Store from Android Search

More details can be found over at the Kobo Blog

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Wired Magazine chooses Kobo Touch

On the Kobo blog they have a post on how Wired Magazine has chosen the Kobo Touch as their Editors Pick.

We are thrilled to announce that Kobo Touch eReader took the top honours and was named Wired Magazine’s Editor’s Pick!

Wired gave the Kobo Touch a 8/10, the Kindle 6/10 and Nook 7/10. Read the post over at Kobo here.

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Kobo Wifi for $49.99

Kobo Wifi

Kobo has the Wifi version available on sale for $49.99. These are refurbished units and not the touch screen versions (Kobo Touch). A great price though for a basic e-reader.

Find it on the Kobo site here.

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