One advantage with Kobo ereaders is the fact that there’s an active development community among Kobo users who help add extra features and tools to Kobo devices that the stock software lacks.
You can even install alternate reading programs such as KOReader and Cool Reader.
There also a Kobo Start Menu utility to manage different services and switch between reading apps.
Some people prefer to use alternate reading apps like KOReader for added features compared to the stock software, and it’s supposed to be better when it comes to viewing PDFs.
Ever since the Kobo Aura One came out with its larger 8-inch screen, people have been hoping that it could be a good PDF ereader, but the stock software is so poor for PDFs that it’s actually worse than using a 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite.
I’ve been putting off installing KOReader on my Kobo Aura One because there just aren’t very many reports of people successfully using it on newer Kobos.
There are only a few reports of people installing it on the Aura One, and virtually none of the developers are actively testing these things on the Aura One specifically, so I’m just not confident enough that installing this stuff isn’t going to cause problems.
My Kobo Aura One has running great every since they fixed the battery drain issue, and the device is much too nice to experiment on and hope things don’t go wrong. I already broke my older Kobo Glo installing Android on it so I’m not willing to risk bricking the Aura One just to try KOReader.
However, I do have an original Kobo Touch that I don’t mind sacrificing, and the firmware version is within range, so I decided to try installing the Kobo Start Menu and KOReader on it.
I followed the directions at MobileRead (link below) and got everything installed, or so it would seem. But guess what? KOReader won’t even launch and now the reader is bogging down and freezing up. I’m sure glad I didn’t try this on the Aura One.
There are lots of people running these add-ons on their Kobos without issue, but that doesn’t mean that problems and more bugs can’t arise. If you want to give it a go I would say try at your own risk. It’s entirely possible to brick your Kobo by modifying its software.
Below is the link to the install directions at MobileRead. It’s very easy to follow so there’s no need to re-write them here: