New Firmware Update Available for Kobo eReaders

Removing the header and footer areas from a Kobo ereader’s screen so you can show more text was one of the more useful “hacks” on that platform, and now it’s a feature that all users will be able to use.

Last week Kobo released a firmware update for its ereaders. The new features vary between models, but most got an update. (The exception was the Kobo Mini.) Other new features include a zoom mode for PDFs, performance improvements for reading digital comics, and fixes for the Wifi support.

Here’s the changelog for the Clara HD:

Hide book title or footer:

  • Keep your book title private, or just give yourself space for words on the screen
  • Go to Settings > Reading settings > Page appearance

Reading PDF documents:

  • While reading a PDF, double-tap to zoom in, then swipe to move between sections of the page
  • Double-tap to zoom out, or use a page-turn button to move to the next page

Reading Comics (.CBR, .CBZ):

  • Performance has improved when reading .CBR or .CBZ comics, especially when zooming in
  • You can now press and hold to flip through pages quickly in .CBR and .CBZ comics

More enhancements:

  • Fast page flip is now up to 50% faster
  • Several Wi Fi issues have been addressed
  • Enabling and disabling Wi Fi is faster

t\The firmware update should be sent out automatically. If you don’t want to wait, you can download a firmware for your Kobo over on MobileRead.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Snow28 December, 2018

    Thanks for posting this. Knowing what the update was for kept me from being annoyed on Christmas Day when my Kobo insisted on performing an update and I just wanted to curl up with a book.

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