Klaatu reviews the Kobo Touch e-reader
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Klaatu reviews the Kobo Touch N-905 e-reader.
Too Long; Didn't Listen: it's a positive review and the device mostly works well with Linux. There are some exceptions, such as the need to hack around the registration process; luckily, that's easy:
That being "the ugly", here are the Good and the Bad:
- works with Linux, after one initial hack
- uses file manager or calibre
- great format support (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR)
- great battery life (lasts a month on one charge, with every evening and weekend filled with reading)
- a little more interactive and configurable than expected
- one device, one app, one purpose
- small, lightweight, convenient
- cheap ($60 USD)
- expansion up to 32gb
- requires registration (or a rego hack)
- rearranges your books by meta data; no override to respect your dirs
- touch screen
- slow (though not annoyingly slow)
- long time to index books
- hard to keep track of books you are currently reading
- sleep/off screen should be more configurable
Comment #1 posted on 2016-01-14T03:09:11Z by Jon Kulp
KOReader uses normal directories
Enjoying the episode! I've wanted to get a Kobo for a while but somehow ended up with a few Kindles instead.
Anyway you might check out the KOReader (Kindle / Kobo Open Reader). I've been using it on my jailbroken Kindle to read epubs. It doesn't pay attention to Metadata at all, it just has a file browser like it appears you prefer. It actually took me a while to get used to this because I'm more used to being able to sort and search by Metadata. Look for my show on the KOReader next week...
Comment #2 posted on 2016-01-20T17:49:11Z by Klaatu
Thanks for letting me know about KOReader. I had not heard of it. My go-to reader on other devices has been either fbreader or epubreader in Firefox. Both have the concept of a "library" which I think is stupid (personally) but they're not bad.
I'll check KOReader out sometime, though. Sounds nice.
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