The new Kobo Forma is shipping now and available from many retailers and online in Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Japan, and Spain. In order to get things stable for the rollout Kobo has just issued their first major update that fixes a number of lingering issues such as WIFI stability and manga performance upgrades.
Here is the full list of bug fixes and enhancements found in 4.11.11976
• While reading, press a page-turn button to go forward or back one page
• Go to Settings > Reading settings > Button controls, if you want to swap the buttons
• While reading, press and hold a page-turn button to flip through pages quickly
Read left-handed or right-handed:
• Simply hold your Kobo Forma in either hand and the screen will flip automatically
Read in landscape or portrait:
• While reading, rotate your device to read in any orientation
• To lock into portrait or landscape while reading, tap the middle of the page to bring up the menu, then tap the rotation icon in the header (you can still hold in either hand)
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
• While reading a PDF in landscape, you’ll automatically see half of the page. Swipe up and down to navigate through the document
• 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
• Fast page flip is now up to 50% faster
• Several Wi Fi issues have been addressed
• Enabling and disabling Wi Fi is faster
• When returning from a search or viewing an annotations, the top bar is no longer displayed.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.