Kobo has updated their iPad Reading application to version 4.5.2, which brings numerous enhancements but nothing revolutionary. The biggest change that the upgrade brings was the support of multitasking when you download more then one book to your library. When you purchase a set of books and then sync them to your device, in the past it would load one at a time. Now you can download all of the books at the same time, which greatly improves on the total download time.
There was some added support for side-loaded ePub books that provide better flexibility in copying your own books to the device. This is all well and good, but what does this process entail? Basically you need some unencrypted PDF or ePUB books, iTunes and the Kobo IOS application. When you turn on iTunes and have your device connected you want to select the APPS tab. When you scroll to the very bottom of the list you will see a file sharing option and you will see the Kobo logo displayed there. You can then drag and drop PDF and DRM-FREE ePUb files into there. After a sync, these books will appear on your Kobo library shelf within the application.
Lastly, there were a bunch of minor fixes for the latest update. One of which was a bug fix for the changing font colors in nighttime reading mode. Customers had also reported a number of WIFI situations that resulted in lost connections or crashes when you were on a very slow WIFI network. This fix amended that problem and other “General Enhancements” were made.
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.