If you’ve got one of the new Kobo Touches, there’s a new firmware update available that will give you greater control over how pages are displayed on the device. To update, visit kobosetup.com and download the most recent Kobo Desktop Software, then connect your Kobo to your PC via the USB cable; the update should start automatically.

Here’s a quick overview of the new features, from Kobo’s announcement:

* Personalize Your Reading Experience by Adding New Fonts: The new firmware allows users to add their own fonts easily and quickly for total personalization. Simply create a new Font directory on the Touch Edition using your laptop, netbook or desktop computer, then drag custom fonts into the Font folder. Nook and Kindle don’t offer the ability to add fonts and personalize the reading experience in this manner.

* Get Five Additional New Fonts Automatically: For those who don’t want to add fonts by sideloading, update 1.9.5 gives/offers five additional fonts – Amasis, Delima, Felbridge, Gil Sans and Rockwell – to the devices initial two fonts (Avenir and Georgia) – now there is a total of seven font options, each with 25 sizes, not including the add your own fonts/personalization option.

* Line Spacing, Margin and Justification Control: The Kobo eReader Touch Edition’s redesigned font menu now includes the ability to change the font face, font size, line spacing, margins, justification (off, left, full) and the ability to turn off Kobo styling so users can truly customize how they read.


  1. Curious that a generation that never learned hand writing or print format navigation is now free to design its own books. Somehow this should not be surprising. Note the suggestion that there is no longer a complexity of reading method and behavior, but a “customized” template for reading that will transcend screen default (and print diversity).

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