Kobo Touch

Kobo Touch Crash Fix

I am not having a good week with technology – my Mac HD failed (again) and my Kobo just crashed. My Mac I got fixed using AppleCare, which I found out expires tomorrow!! Yes, I’m living on the edge, cutting it pretty fine!!! (x_x;)

But my Kobo was another story.  It has never crashed before and I felt a bit at a loss.  But then practical thinking kicked in and I actually managed to fix it in less than 10 minutes.  My solution is at the bottom of the page, but one of these other less violent methods may work for you.

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Symptoms

So the symptoms were as follows:

  • Kobo Touch stuck on one page
  • No response from touching the screen
  • No response from pressing the Home button
  • No response from sliding the Power button for 5, 10 or 30 seconds
  • No response from connecting to power supply (just green charging light)

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Methods to Try

I tried these things first, as recommended by many users.

1. A Basic or Standard Reset

This will just reboot the device. 

(You are meant to turn your device off before doing this but generally the reason you are doing a reset is because the device won’t respond.  The people who write these instructions probably didn’t think that far.  Anyway.)

To do this:

1.) Turn off (if you can).

2.) Locate the tiny reset button which is either at the top near the power button or on the bottom of your Kobo.

3.) Use a piece of wire or a paperclip or a mechanical pencil and press the button down until you feel it click.

4.) Your Kobo should restart.

(This didn’t work for me.  My Kobo power light just flashed blue twice and then the light went dark again.  The screen was still stuck on the same page.)

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2. A Factory Reset

This wipes your device and restores it to the Factory settings.

To do this:

1.) Turn off (if you can).

2.) Slide the Power button and press the Home button at the same time. The Power light should start flashing blue.

3.) Keep holding both buttons until you see your device screen restarting itself.

(As above, this didn’t work for me. My Kobo power light just flashed blue a few more times and then the light went dark again.  The screen was still stuck on the same page.)

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3. Connecting to a Computer

Sometimes this can jump start the device, shocking it into responding.  Just connect using your cable and see if anything changes.

(As before, this didn’t work for me. My Kobo didn’t even acknowledge the connection and neither did my Mac.)

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4. My Solution

Sometimes all your device needs is a good kick up the backside. 

At this point I got a bit annoyed and disconnected my Kobo from my Mac. And then proceeded as follows:

1.) Connect your Kobo cable to your laptop (PC, Mac, whatever computer you have available) but not to your device.

2.) Get a good grip on your device and push the cable connector into the Kobo with a certain amount of force (but obviously not so much it damages the device).

3.) Hold the cable connector and continue to apply pressure (but again not so much it damages the device).

My device responded after about 10 seconds and went to the usual “do you wish to connect to this computer” screen.
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NOTE:

After I ejected my Kobo and disconnected from my Mac, the screen locked for a few minutes and went completely blank.  However, I slid the power button to turn it off and then turned it back on again and it was fine.

It seems OK now. Turns on and off, sleeps, all my books are still there and responding, my home button works…  A very strange glich. 

However all’s well that ends well (^-^)b
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AND AN EXTRA NOTE IF ALL ELSE FAILS…
Recently I was actually given a Kobo Touch to fix that failed with all of the above. However I managed to jump start it by using my solution above but connected to a mains socket rather than a computer. 

I would only recommend this method if all other options have failed as it could potentially kill your device completely. 

I used the usb plug adapter that came with my iPhone and a surge protected plugboard.  The device took much longer to respond (maybe up to 40 seconds of pressure) and a few attempts (although this may just be that I did not try for long enough at first). But yes, if you are willing to take the chance give it a whirl.  The owner said all her books were still there and it has been working fine ever since, so could be worth it.

P.S. If you have gone through this and managed to recover your ebooks, I recommend you back up your books using Calibre.  You can use Calibre to make a library of the ebooks on your Kobo and store them on your computer.  Plus you can then back up the whole library to an external drive so you have them saved if your HD fails.  If you are interested have a look at my post (btw Calibre is freeware):

https://thoughtsviewsopinions.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/free-ereader-software-calibre/

 

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How to Use the Extras on the Kobo Touch

I mentioned previously that you can write notes and play Sudoku on a Kobo Touch.  And a request came up about how exactly you find the Sudoku and other extras. 

So, here we go. 

1.)  Press the Home tab and from there choose Settings

2.)  At the bottom of the Settings Menu choose Extras

3.)  You have three options:

a.)  Launch Sketchbook

– you can use this to write quick handwritten notes with your finger. 

b.) Launch Sudoku

– yes, you can play Sudoku

c.) Launch Browser

– use your Kobo to browse the internet (you have to have your wireless enabled) 

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When using the Sudoku you have four different levels of difficulty to choose from: SIMPLE, EASY, MEDIUM and HARD. 

To change the difficulty simply click the third (lowest) button on the bottom right of your Sudoku game screen.  This is also the button you use to quit in the middle of a game, although I usually just use the HOME button.

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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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How to Read Japanese (and other non Latin based alphabets) on a Kobo

Recently I was asked by my Dad to test whether a Japanese eBook would work on my Kobo Touch. He said he saw various online sites which confirmed it was possible to display Japanese as long as you had the right fonts installed. So I had a look at one of the sites. Here’s the link:

http://atouchofkobo.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/260/

The font on this site is a version of Unicode developed by GNU.  It is therefore free and opensource.  The idea of Unicode is to provide a unique number to every individual character regardless of platform, program or language.

Unicode is developed by a non-profit organisation and is supported by many major companies, including Apple and Microsoft. You can read more about it here

Anyway, the GNU Unifont can be downloaded from the developer’s site here

or from the site listed earlier on which the author has kindly provided their own link.

I can confirm that this unicode font does work with Japanese.  I also tested it with a few other random languages and I can confirm that it works with Chinese (which I can’t read properly but I can recognise the characters) and displays Hebrew (which I can’t read at all).

So for anyone who wants to get this working on their Kobo, here’s a quick guide. Continue reading

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How to Install Fonts on a Kobo: Step by Step

I recently found out that it is possible to install new fonts on a Kobo Touch.  After reading information on several different sites I finally managed to get this working.  And it was actually really simple to do.  So to save anyone else the hassle, here is a step by step guide.  This is a comprehensive guide so some of the steps may seem obvious.  But I thought I may as well be as detailed as possible seeing as I get really frustrated when people write incomplete guides. 

OK, here we go. Continue reading

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A really great case for the Kobo Touch

When I bought my Kobo Touch I had a look at the available cases which were dedicated Kobo Touch cases.  Suffice to say they were all either horrible design, horrible colour, impractical or a mix of all three, and quite honestly far too expensive for (let’s face it) a case.  So I had a browse around online.  And I have to point out that I did not browse through the many thousands of choices on every website available to me, therefore, far be it from me to say there are “NO good official Kobo Touch cases available”.  HOWEVER, I will venture to say that of the ones I looked at, about 98% seemed to have a weird elastic string thing going on.  Rather than describing it I’ll just include a picture below:

Which, to me, looks pretty flimsy.  I mean basically there are just these 4 bits of string between your Kobo and certain e-reader death.  Plus elastic wears out over time so surely this is not a long term solution.  However, as I DO NOT ACTUALLY HAVE ONE, nor have I used one (apart from trying it in the shop), I can’t say how well this works or how long the elasticity lasts.  But I wasn’t about to risk it.

ANYway, this design did not impress and I was looking for a sturdy, practical case for my Kobo as

1.) – I tend to drop things a lot so it needs to be protected

and

2.) – I want to take my Kobo most places I go, so it must survive being shoved in a bag with keys and money and other stuff 

After searching unsuccessfully for some time I discovered an extremely crucial and vital detail.  The Kobo Touch and the 4th Generation Kindle are ALMOST exactly the same size!!  The Kobo Touch measures 165mm by 114mm (6.5″ x 4.5″) and has a depth of 10mm (0.4″) while the Kindle 4 measures 166mm by 114mm (6.5″ x 4.5″) and has a depth of 8.7mm (0.34″).

So in a box it’s something like this…

Kobo/Kindle Table

Aha!  The scope was vastly expanded due to Amazon’s stock of cases for it’s own e-reader. 

My final choice was the CaseCrown Regal Flip Case for Amazon Kindle 4th Generation.  The case itself is advertised to measure 165mm by 121mm (6.5″ x 4.8″) and has a depth of 13 mm (0.5″).  I have heard reports that this is too small to completely cover the Kindle 4 but it is perfect for the Kobo Touch. Continue reading

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Musings of a reluctant e-Reader user + Some Facts About the Kobo Touch

Fit the First: The Buying.

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I never ever thought I would buy an e-Reader, but I was forced by necessity to purchase one. I love real books and I never liked the idea of reading on a screen. However due to my work I am away from my wonderful book collection for months at a time. I was feeling the strain of separation, and in a moment of weakness purchased the Kobo Touch eReader.

Although I say in a moment of weakness, I had been thinking about it for a while… I like to read every day and taking my favourite books with me around the world (two of my absolute favourites being The Lord of the Rings and The Count of Monte Cristo) is generally not an option.

Of course I did my research and I refused to buy a Kindle because Continue reading

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