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Kobo Adds Parental Controls in Latest Firmware Update

Kobo rolled out a new update this week that parents, schools, and anyone else who wants to restrict access to their ereader will appreciate.

In addition to a couple minor tweaks including search improvements and better formatting in the TOC, Kobo has also added the option of setting a PIN that locks out the web browser and the Kobo store.

You can now set the pin and then hand your Kobo to anyone secure in the knowledge that they can’t buy books on your account.

This update will be automatically downloaded to your device over the next few weeks, but if you don’t want to wait, you can find a download link over at MobileRead.

Here’s the changelog for firmware update 4.15.12920:

  • Parental controls: You can set a 4-digit PIN that must be entered to access the store and web browser on your eReader. To turn it on, go to Settings and select Accounts.
  • Indented table of contents: If your book’s table of contents contains multiple levels, it will be indented for better readability.
  • Search improvements: Typing is now more responsive when searching.
  • Wifi now reconnects more quickly before you search the store, allowing search suggestions to appear as you type.
  • Fixed: Previously, when reading .MOBI books, your progress was not remembered.

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