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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.

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Snow December 28, 2018 um 6:43 am

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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