This post is a collection of tricks I struggled to learn in my first several hours with this ereader. The Kyobo Mirasol eReader was released on the Korean market, and it is not easy to use if you do not know Korean. I'm hoping that this post will save others the aggravation and frustration I experienced.
First let me cover accessories you'll need to buy.
- microSD card
If you want to add your own ebooks you will need a microSD card installed in the ereader. This is not optional; you cannot load your own ebooks without one.
The charger is not quite as necessary; I charge off my computer. But you do need to know that the charger that this ebook reader ships with comes with a plug that will not work in US sockets. The power supply has a plug that slides off and reveals a US standard plug.
Before you do anything, you'll need to make some folders on the microSD card. Make a folder called Kyobo. Inside that folder make another called Import. That's where you will need to copy your ebooks so you can load them on to this ebook reader. You can do it now, and then insert the microSD card into your unit.
I've just picked up another tip. If your device freezes, you can force a reboot. Press and hold the power button and up volume button for 5 seconds. Then try to turn it on again.
The "Castle Gate" screen
The Kyobo Mirasol eReader runs Android, and like any Android device it has a lock screen that you will see when you wake up the device. You can exit this lock screen by double tapping the green button.
Switching to English
Kyobo's library and reading app will only display Korean characters in their menus, but you can switch the underlying Android menus to English.
From the Home screen, press the menu button (second from the left, below the screen). A row of icons will appear at the bottom of the screen. Scroll them to the left until you can see the very last icon on the right. That's the settings menu. Open it.
Scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu. The third option up from the bottom is the language menu. Press it. In that menu, select the top option. Then select English.
Apps & Ebook Downloads
I'm not sure yet if you can install apps, but I do know that downloads are blocked. You cannot even download an Epub ebook.
There is no obvious video player so I'm not sure how you're supposed to play videos. I also don't see a file manager, but this eReader does come with apps for:
- photo gallery
- memo (scratchpad, not typed)
- voice recorder
Loading Your Own Ebooks
Did you copy your ebooks to the Import folder? (I hope you just copied the ebooks and not a folder full of ebooks; that will not work.)
Go back to the home screen. In the upper right corner are a pair of buttons (as well as a third button with a gear). The pair of buttons let you select between 2 type of home screen menus. Don't touch the one with the 4 squares; you're already using it. Select the other one.
After the screen changes, you will find a pull out menu along the left edge of the screen. Open it. Press the button that says MyBook.
If all goes well, that should have caused your ebooks to be imported from the Import folder. You should see them as a list on the right side of the screen. Now you can read them.
Yes, the above did take me a couple hours to figure out (I was also working at the time). I tried many ways to load the ebooks before I looked through the user manual. It's in Korean, but there were enough images that I was eventually able to guess what I was supposed to do.
P.S. If you need help with something, please ask. I've just started using this gadget, and I'd love to help my fellow owners.
P.P.S. If you know of a trick that I didn't mention, please add it in the comments.