The Kobo Touch is the newest e-reader issued by Canadian based Kobo and seeks to gain market share by issuing a touchscreen e-ink interface to captivate a growing e-reader sect. The company has announced they will be soon implementing enhanced features to make for a better ebook reading experience.
The current experience while reading a book with the Kobo Touch is minimal in terms of tailoring to your configuration. Right now, you cannot change between more then two font types and there is no way to change margins or line spacing. This alienates some people that desire more control over their ebook reading setup and some have turned to the Kindle Special Offers or Nook Simple Touch.
Kobo developers have announced that they have beta firmware available for select testers that should fix a number of lingering issues. The fixes include the following;
– changing line margins
– changing line spacing
– turning off Kobo styling
– forcing left alignment
– more bundled fonts
– sideloading fonts
These new changes to the firmware of the Kobo Touch will allow for more versatility in crafting your ebook reading experience. Many tech enthusiasts are heralding this new update with a very fond appreciation and it is a step in the right direction by Kobo to fix some lingering concerns.
Now if only they would make a public statement about either the Kobo International Edition or firmware that will allow for the device to read German, French, Spanish, and Chinese characters.
There is a great tutorial on adding new fonts to your Kobo Touch HERE.
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.