2023 Kobo Guide - Dropbox Integration
I bought a Kobo Clara 2E and it is the sweet spot for price and features if you’re willing to be a hackermans.
I looked around online and eventually found out that delivery times take around a week. In the end, the fastest way for me to buy the Kobo was through the French store FNAC.
However, they install “Made by FNAC versions” of the Kobo. I never dared try this version, but I think the main difference is that they have a virtual bookstore different from Rakuten’s default.
To change the firmware, I downloaded the appropriate firmware from this website and followed the instructions in the MobileRead Wiki under Sideload a Firmware.
Bypassing Registration and Login
Like most propreitary devices, Kobo asks you to make an account with them in order to remember your purchases.
If you don’t plan to purchase books from them, you could might as well bypass the registration step and not get an account. Unfortunately, this is not as straightforward as it sounds because there is no way to skip this step without hacker skillz.
Well, not hacker skillz. Just reading comprehension skills. Linux Magazine has a step-by-step way on how to do it, under Bypassing Registration and Login.
Transferring Files Into The Kobo
I considered several ways to do it but I settled for simply using the Kobo Clara 2E’s hidden Dropbox integration feature.
To do this, you have to install Nickelmenu, again from pgaskin.net and follow the MobileRead Wiki to install the plugin.
From there, you add the following entry to the Nickelmenu:
as written in this post from the-ebook-reader.com.
Once that’s done, access the dropbox entry in Nickelmenu and login with your account.
Some disadvantages of this method that I decided to live with:
- This method is incompatible with the Bypass Login method. After several minutes of wondering why the Dropbox integration wont work, I finally gave in and associated my Kobo account to the device. After doing so, the Dropbox integration started working.
- You can’t choose a folder to sync with. It has to be this Apps/Kobo folder and I don’t see an easy way to change this.
- It’s a one-way sync. I can live with that. What happens in the Kobo stays in the Kobo. I can’t be bothered to seriously back everything up.
Other ways to transfer ebooks
Of course, the most straightforward way is to simply connect the USB-C included in the box. But that’s quite cumbersome.
I found two other ways to do it but I think the built-in Dropbox integration would be the most “stable” moving forward since this feature came from Kobo itself.
I did not test these but I’m including these in case the above procedure stops working in the future.
One way is via KoboCloud, which supports other cloud services apart from Dropbox.
The other way is quite interesting. It uses Kobo’s built-in browser. It’s called Send to Kobo/Kindle and I have not tried it. Seems reliable, although maybe a bit cumbersome but I believe it does the trick.
Here are some other links and references I stumbled into while looking for this solution.