Kobo released a new firmware for its ereaders a couple weeks ago that added a faster page turn speed as well as other improvements..
Hold the corner of the screen and you can advance through an ebook at about two pages per second. This is going to be pretty useful for comic books, but I’m told it only works with titles in Kobo’s Kepub format.
According to a beta tester on MobileRead, other improvements and changes include setting Kobo’s Tsukushi Mincho font as default.
- Tracking option moved to the “Energy savings and privacy” page of the settings.
- Wishlist rebuilt internally. There are no obvious visible changes.
- Font selected for “Publisher Default” in epubs has changed. It was “Georgia”, but now appears to be “Kobo Tsukushi Mincho”. This is good in that this font has a fuller set of characters. But, it doesn’t display either italics or bold in epubs. Which is not good.
- Some work was done on selecting text. It still isn’t perfect, but appears to be smoother and more accurate.
- Stats are working.
- Changing the page display option at the bottom of the screen has changed from a long press to a tap.
- The WiFi online test has changed to a Kobo URL rather than the URL used by Microsoft.
Kobo first released the Tsukushi Mincho font late last year. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but users report that superior to Bookerly (from Amazon) and Literata (from Google) – aside from a few quirks.