Calibre (eReader software)

I thought my Kobo Touch was a bit broken but actually…

I just wanted to share this in case anyone is having the same issues as me.

YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING THE FOLLOWING…

PROBLEM 1: Main page remains static – doesn’t update the top page with the books you are currently reading.

SOLUTION: Update your date and time!

Yes I had this too. And for ages I thought, well it doesn’t matter I can just find the book in my library. Turns out all it needed was for me to update the date and time! I had previously reset my Kobo and because I never use it to check the time so it never occured to me. But when I checked it was set to something ridiculous like 1890.

So yes,

Main Menu > Settings > Date and Time > change > SORTED! 

PROBLEM 2: You just tried to connect your Kobo to your PC/Mac/other device and it hasn’t been recognised.

SOLUTION: Try a newer USB cable!

Yes I had this problem too. And again I thought, perhaps my Kobo is just too old to handle this… it doesn’t matter, there are still loads of books on my Kobo. But then It connected first time when I used a newer cable. I personally used the one for charging my bluetooth headphones, but I would try any newer cable that’s micro USB to USB.

PROBLEM 3: You just tried to add a bunch of ebooks and they just don’t show up. And yes, of course you tried more than once.

SOLUTION: Try the tips below!

Yes I had this problem too. And you know the drill…  I think I tried about 5 or 6 times before I started trying different ways. It turns out there are a few work arounds you can use to get your ebooks across. These are the things that work for me.

*Tip 1: If you find your books aren’t transferring, try using Calibre.

*Tip 2: Check your file size. If your books are more than 10mb each try adding them separately. I would try to add batches that are no more than 15mb total.

*Tip 3: REMEMBER TO EJECT YOUR KOBO! And don’t eject your Kobo straight after the transfer, give it time to process. If my book is more than 15mb I tend to transfer the book, go away and make a cup of tea, come back, and then eject the Kobo.

*Tip 4: Don’t unplug your cable straight away. Wait in case your Kobo is still processing. Even a few minutes can help with large files.

*Tip 5: After the transfer just leave your Kobo to do its thing. Don’t try to use it straight after transfering. And don’t worry if it seems to be unresponsive at first – it’s usually still updating the library. The updating can take ages to start and ages to process. Just leave it and go make a sandwich or watch some youtube videos.

*Tip 6: Try smaller batches. It’s possible that one of your ebooks is corrupt or badly formatted causing the whole transfer to fail. Try just transferring 5 books at a time (as in transfer ebooks, eject, unplug, wait for system update, check books have successfully transferred) or make sure you don’t transfer more than 15mb at once. The fewer books you do at a time the easier it is to pinpoint that problem ebook.

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Kobo Touch/eReader/eBook Home & Index

All about the Kobo Touch…

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General Information about the Kobo Touch & Reasons for buying one:

Installing Fonts and other Languages on a Kobo Touch:

Kobo Extras – Sudoku, etc.:

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All about eBooks…

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Managing e-Books (Calibre):

Finding Free e-Books:

e-Books: The search for free books online

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How to Convert eBooks using Calibre

There are many places you can convert various formats to ePub online for free.  I have not actually used any so I can’t vouch for the quality or efficiency of said sites.  In any case, I prefer to be able to convert regardless of whether I have an internet connection.  So I use Calibre to convert all my eBooks to ePub format. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, Calibre is free eBook/eReader software which can convert many eBook formats into ePub.  You can read more about Calibre in my post here.  Although I have not tested it, I know that it also has the function to convert the other way.  But it’s worth mentioning that this function is available.  The official list of convertible formats is as follows: Continue reading

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Free eReader Software: Calibre

My Kobo Touch did come with the designated Kobo software – Kobo Desktop. It wasn’t particularly bad software, but I prefer to use something which has a few more features.  Plus a few of the free ebooks I downloaded from non Kobo sites like Gutenberg were rejected by it.  So I use an excellent free alternative – Calibre.

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Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

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Calibre is a bit like a library for your e-Books.  You can enter various information about them, including, author, title, rating, your description, etc. and sort accordingly.  You can move your e-books to and from your e-Reader to your computer.  I prefer to edit all the information about my eBooks using Caibre rather than editing them on my Kobo.  It is also much faster to edit in bulk , for example, as you can see below, some Sherlock Holmes eBooks list the author as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and some as just Arthur Conan Doyle.  Calibre allows you to edit them all to have the same author name which makes them easier to locate on your Kobo. Continue reading

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