Kobo Reader update coming soon!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'm so excited to read on the Kobo Reader blog that a software update will be released at the end of this month, although you can also sign up for the beta testing program and get your hands on the update earlier.

This is what Kobobooks said:

"Through the last 30 days, we have also been working on our first software upgrade for the Kobo eReader, focusing on what customers have been telling us. Our software is complete, and we are just working on the final touches on the upgrade process. The upgrade will be available the week of June 28th and we will make sure you know the minute it is available. For those that want to upgrade sooner, we are offering our beta program to partake in the software trial sooner.

Here is a sampling of some of the improvements we are making:
1. ePub Font resizing. You will be able to load Adobe ePubs with fixed font sizes (set by the content publisher or originator) and still be able to resize the fonts with your Kobo eReader.
2. Hiding 100 Free eBooks. Some customers have told us that they actually don’t want the 100 Free eBooks in their way, so we have added the ability to hide the 100 Free eBooks we provide. We are working on a wide range of other organization features for a separate release of our desktop software coming in the future.
3. The “Off” Screen. The challenge with eInk screens, is that even when they are off, they look like they are on. We are working on making this a lot more clear to everyone, especially those who are not experts in eInk.
4. Sleep Mode. We are introducing a new “sleep” mode, if you have left your device inactive for more than 5 minutes, it will go to sleep. This is helpful in managing battery life, and it’s also a behavior that people have come to expect.
5. Low Battery. Some of you have found situations where your battery runs down faster than expected. We found the problem, and fixed it. We’ve also improved how we tell you that your battery is low, and you are running out of time to finish your chapter. Lastly, we have improved this shut down process so it is clear that you have run out of battery, and your Kobo eReader needs charging.
6. Installation. Some of you Windows XP users have had difficulty installing the Kobo Desktop. We did a poor job communicating what version you needed, so we’ve fixed that and for those customers that don’t have Windows XP, Service Pack 3 – we are bundling in everything you need."

In the meantime, I *heart* my Kobo Reader.  It goes everywhere with me, it's light and fits into my purse.  I have a couple of light scratches on the glossy bezel (possibly from keys in my purse?) but no scratches on the display area.  The battery life has been fine and I've been reading for a couple of hours daily. 

If I'd have known just how convenient having an eReader is, I'd have gotten one a lot sooner.  You know when you go to the doctor and they show you into the doctor's examination room but you have to wait 10 mins, well out came the reader. Funnily enough, when the doctor came in he wanted to see it too!

To read my original Kobo eReader review click here.

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