I received a Kobo Clara HD as a Christmas gift this year. Its my first purpose-built ebook reader and after using it a few days I like it! Device has a sharp 300ppi E-Ink touchscreen that is very comfortable for reading and purportedly will last weeks on a charge (we’ll see).
A few interesting bits …
Add first epub
Kobo behaves like a USB removable storage device. Connect via USB cable to my laptop …
$ dmesg -t usb 1-2: new high-speed USB device number 2 using xhci_hcd usb 1-2: New USB device found, idVendor=2237, idProduct=4228 usb 1-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=4, SerialNumber=5 usb 1-2: Product: eReader-4.8.10959 usb 1-2: Manufacturer: Kobo usb 1-2: SerialNumber: Nxxxxxxxxxxxxxx usb-storage 1-2:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected scsi host6: usb-storage 1-2:1.0 scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access Linux File-Stor Gadget 0401 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0 sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 14393341 512-byte logical blocks: (7.37 GB/6.86 GiB) sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 0f 00 00 00 sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA sdb:
Mount (I use
pmount with no partition numbers, i.e.
$ pmount /dev/sdb
Copy epub files to the root directory of the Kobo, or create a folder (except hidden folders starting with “.”, which Kobo will not look in) to store epubs. I create a
library folder and copy over an epub …
$ mkdir /media/sdb/library $ cp some_book.epub /media/sdb/library/
Unmount the Kobo, disconnect USB cable, and the Kobo adds the new epub to
After connecting to a wifi access point, device auto-syncs and prompts to update firmware. Installs version 4.12.12111 (2018-12-11) and reboots.
Tap on the Light icon, enable the
Natural light feature, and Kobo adjusts the light colour spectrum over the course of the day from blue-white light to more orange-yellow in the evening hours. Blue light emitted by electronic devices has an impact on melatonin, which in turn has a negative impact on sleep, so the warmer colours are more welcome for bedtime reading.
Libraries and Overdrive
Firmware version 4.10+ added Overdrive integration to the device. My library, the Toronto Public Library, uses the Overdrive service to lend ebooks to its patrons.
Settings > OverDrive > Get Started to setup account with library card details. The library ebook collection is integrated into the device’s
Kobo Store with its own dedicated tab.