The Kobo Glo HD is a new e-reader and its purpose is to heavily compete against the Amazon Kindle Voyage. When we received our early review unit there was no evidence of an SD card to boost the internal storage, which alienated users who want to store more books. When we removed the back plate off of the Glo HD we did find an SD Card, but it comes with a catch.
The Kobo Glo HD does not have any internal memory, the entire operating system and proprietary Kobo files are stored on a 4 GB Sandisk SD card. We tried cloning the OS and put it on a 2 GB SD and a 16 GB SD and the e-reader failed to boot properly. We also verified that there were no hidden files preventing it from working, but all of the files are clearly visible.
Right now it does not seem very likely that users will be able to put their own SD cards into the Kobo Glo HD and have the e-reader function correctly. Instead, this is a boon for the hacker community that wants to write their own programs and software enhancements for expanded features.
It is very important to note that if you decide to take the back cover off your Kobo Glo HD, make sure there is no moisture or dust. As you can see from the picture above, there is an exposed circuit board and can likely result in device failure.
There has been mixed messages between Kobo and their various marketing channels. Some reference there is SD card support, while others fail to mention it at all. We have found there is an SD card, but the average user will not be able to take advantage of it and expand their memory.
Friday, April 24, 2015
It’s been almost a year since Studio Ghibli’s film ‘When Marnie Was There’ came out in Japanese theatres. Now, North American fans are getting the chance, as the GKids English dub of the movie is coming to select theatres starting May 22.
The film is adapted from the novel of the same name, changing the setting to Japan instead of Great Britain. It follows a girl name Anna, who moves up to a small seaside town to live with relatives. Tomboyish and shy, Anna soon makes a mysterious friend named Marnie, who lives in a house on the marsh that changes between dilapidated and abandoned, to vibrant and full of life.
The film holds a special place in the hearts of Ghibli fans. This is the last film produced after Ghibli announced their short hiatus, taken after the release of The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The hiatus, combined with the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, means that this could potentially be the last feature film by Studio Ghibli. Almost every child in the world has been touched by Ghibli’s films, from My Neighbour Totoro to Spirited Away. If this really is the last film of a company that reached so many lives, you should be sure to see Studio Ghibli's last hurrah.
Have a look at the theatres and dates below and see if ‘When Marnie Was There’ is coming around to a theatre near you!
Watch the GKids trailer below!
Bookshout has a novel business model, partner up with established companies to give away free e-books. The company has just ironed out a new literacy campaign with Cheerios to give away free titles from Karma Wilson, Frank Asch, Andrew Clement, Ashley Wolff, John Lithgow and Lenore and Daniel Jenneweinarma Wilson, Frank Asch, Andrew Clement, Ashley Wolff, John Lithgow and Lenore and Daniel Jennewein.
Since 2003 Simon & Schuster has put physical book titles inside Cheerios boxes for their Cheer on Reading program. This is the first time ever that 8.4 million e-books will be given away, which cuts down on production costs. The free titles can be read with Bookshouts line of apps for iOS, Android, Kindle or Nook apps.
The one big problem with this campaign is that physical titles can be kept, read and collected. S&S, Cheerios and Bookshout all assume that people have tablets or smartphone.If Bookshout were to ever go out of business, like so many other e-book startups, all of the digital books will simply disappear.
The Kobo Aura and Kobo Glo HD both have an illuminated screen. This allows you to read in the dark or other low-light conditions. The source of “comfortlight” as Kobo likes to call it is 5 LED lights on the bottom of the bezel that project light upwards. Today, we give you a sense on how these two e-readers perform.
Both of these e-readers have innovative ways to control the brightness of the screen. The Kobo Aura allows you to drag two fingers down on the center of the screen to adjust the minimum and maximum brightness levels. The Glo HD on the other hand recognizes a single finger dragging down on the left-hand side to adjust the brightness. These two things are certainly easier than constantly having to access the light icon on the settings menu.
|Since Kobo has little interest in the US market, I won’t be able to post a hands-on review of the new Kobo Glo HD, I wanted to up together a roundup of reviews from some of the European ebook reader websites that have already posted them. These reviews aren’t in English but you can use […]|
|This is just a quick note to mention that I won’t be posting a dedicated hands-on review of the Kobo Aura HD on The-eBook-Reader.com. I’ve posted reviews, video walkthroughs, tutorials, and comparisons of all the different Kobo ebook readers released up until now, but the Kobo Glo HD is where that ends. Kobo apparently has […]|
|If you are tired of paying high prices for ebooks that you later find out aren’t worth the time to read, then OpenBooks.com might be an alternative worth looking into. OpenBooks is an independent ebook store that lets readers download ebooks for free without commitments, and then you decide how much you want to pay […]|
Our old friend HomoFaciens (who has the best voice of any Raspberry Pi user we’ve met) has another fantastic piece of work to share. He’s recycled old optical drives for their stepper motors, and made a tiny plotter, controlled over WiFi, from those motors, a servo, four H-bridges and a Raspberry Pi.
HF has made a full writeup, including all the source code you’ll need, available at his website. As always, he’s also made the whole video and writeup available in German. HomoFaciens’ website is one of those bits of the internet you’ll find yourself wandering around for ages if you’re even slightly interested in this sort of thing. He’s got some fascinating stuff on there; I heartily recommend giving one of his camera-equipped robots a spin via the web interface they’re hooked up to. (No prizes for guessing which is my favourite.)
If you decide to make your own plotter, be aware that not all old optical drives have stepper motors – HomoFaciens’ hit rate was about 50% when he started pulling them apart.
We all know librarians love them some cats, but I have a confession: I'm a total dog person! The first book I ever checked out from the library was The Poky Little Puppy. Growing up, we always had dogs and they were treated as family (actually, they were treated better than family). They went everywhere with us; my dad's German Shepard, Junior, rode on the lawnmower with him. Once I moved out on my own, I was desperate for a furry companion but my apartment did not allow pets. I lived vicariously through my friends by spoiling their dogs and filling my phone with pictures of them (I even have a painting of my best friend's beagle, Betty Davis). On Halloween 2013 the timing was finally right for me to get a puppy of my own. I still remember picking up my sweet shih-tzu/pit mix, Fancy (pictured), from the Mineral County Humane Society. She immediately wriggled into my lap and covered my face in kisses. She is the best Halloween treat I could ever receive and I can't imagine my life without her now. Like other pet parents, I truly think of her as my child. If you're a fellow dog devotee, you'll love these titles:
Dog Shaming by Pascale Lemire – Based on the popular blog, this book lets us laugh at the embarrassing, shameful, and gross things our beloved fuzz butts sometimes put us through (like eating the tv remote and two replacement remotes).
I Could Chew on This by Francesco Mariculiano – If your dog had opposable thumbs and could write poetry, this book would be the result.
Shiloh – A young boy rescues a beagle from an abusive owner in this touching tale. Bonus: this book is set in my home state! Montani Semper Liberi!
Underwater Puppies by Seth Casteel – This collection of photos featuring submerged puppies will kill you by overload of cuteness.
Title availability may vary across platforms and regions.
Michelle Ross is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive and is the proud owner of the most adorable dog in the world.