When Kobo launched the Aura One two years ago, they thrilled fans by integrating support for library ebooks, only to frustrate us by leaving the feature out of subsequent Kobo models like the Aura H2O2 and the Clara HD.
That changed this week with a new firmware update.
Kobo released an update for its current ereader models that give owners the ability to access their local public libraries directly to their devices. Once they add their library account to their ereader, they can search for titles, place holds, and download library ebooks from inside the Overdrive section of the Kobo store on the device.
According to my source on MobileRead, the update includes the Aura H20 Edition 2, Aura Edition 2, and the Clara HD, but only adds library support for users in specific countries: Canada, UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand.
Other Kobo owners will have to continue to to use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer library ebooks using a computer and a USB cable.
The firmware update is supposed to be downloaded automatically. That didn’t work for me, so I will soon be downloading it manually from the unofficial firmware page on github.