If you need help with your Literati come here!
#1  MrHatandClogs 01-13-2011, 10:39 PM
I have noticed a ton of people stating they're having multiple problems with their Literati.

I'm creating this thread to help the best I can.

The first thing you should know/do....

You HAVE to update to the newest firmware update(version 1.9 as of 1/13/11)!!!!

The device will not function very well with out it, for example...

Adobe Digital Editions will not recognize the Literati until you update to 1.9!

Also, as of the newest update, the Kobo Desktop app does not, recognize the Literati, and thus will not sync your device.
I have talked to Tech Support at Literati, and they've said they are working on a fix for this, and it will be in the next update.

So the only way to add books from the Kobo store is either by wirelessy syncing over wifi, or by using Adobe Digital Editions(I've been told you can also use Calbire, but I haven't used this myself, so idk.).

And, to add books from other ebook stores/library, etc. you have to use ADE as well.

Using the following method...

1.) If you haven't already, you'll need to download Adobe Digital Editions. (You can get it free from the Adobe website, just google it)

You'll need to first authorize the program to your computer, by entering your Adobe ID, you'll need to register with Adobe if you don't have one.

You'll then need to authorize your Literati to the Adobe program, if you've updated to the 1.9 firmware, then the first time you connect the Literati to the computer while you have Adobe Digital Editions open, it should ask you to do this automatically.

2.)Buying from Kobo store...

After you purchase a book it will be in your "purchased" books area on the actual Kobo website(not the desktop app), next to it should be a button that says "Adobe DRM EPUB", "Adobe .pdf ebook", or something along these lines.

Click this button to bring up the dialog box, and select "open with: Adobe Digital Editions".

-Buying from other ebook stores(Nook, etc.)/borrowing from library, etc...

Once purchased/borrowed, locate anywhere that says "Download", "get book", "sync to device", etc., and once the dialog box pops up, select "open with: Adobe Digital Editions".

After doing so Adobe Digital Editions should be automatically opened, and it will start downloading the book onto your "library" shelf automatically.

You then just need to "drag and drop" the book from the "library" shelf to the "literati" shelf in the program(this shelf will only be in the program when you have the literati connected to the computer, and you have updated to the newest firmware), disconnect your Literati from the computer(Always eject it from the computer before disconnecting), and the literati should automatically "process your new content" and then show the new book on your device.

Note: If you add .pdfs to the Literati, even if it is an ebook, it still maybe be under the "Documents" tab, not the "Books" tab. B/c, for the most part, Literati puts all .pdfs into the "Documents" tab regardless of what they are(But not everything).

Note: If you don't have the ability to wirelessly sync, then you won't be able to utilize the "News and Mags" on your Literati.
The only way to get the new issues of papers or magazines is either by wirelessly syncing your Literai, or using the Kobo desktop app.
And, since the desktop app isn't recognizing the Literati, this option is impossible until they fix this problem
So, in short, as of the newest firmware update(version 1.9), the only way to add newspapers and magazines to Literati is by wirelessly syncing.

I hope this helps, once you get it working right, the Literati is great.

If you have any other questions regarding the Literati/Kobo Store/Kobo Desktop App, either post it in this thread or pm me.
And, I will do my best to help your out!

EDIT: After a few days of my Literati working correctly, for some unknown reason, my Literati would not connect to wifi. To remedy this I performed a "factory reset". After doing so the wifi worked fine. But upon reconnecting to the computer, my computer said that I had to reformat the hard drive on the Literati before I could use it. I did this, and it worked fine, but afterwards the memory on my Literati was reduced to 176mb total storage. I've talked to Literati Tech Support, and they told me this is a problem occurring with Windows 7 users. And, they are sending me an exchange voucher to exchange my Literati with a new one. So, if this happens to you after performing a factory reset, just call the Literati tech support(via the support page on, and they will send you a voucher to exchange for a new one.

#2  MrHatandClogs 01-13-2011, 10:50 PM
I have also been told that Generation 1 Kindle car chargers work for the Literati. I haven't used one myself though, so don't take my word for it.

#3  Larpam10 01-14-2011, 08:29 AM
I have had no problem adding books directly from Kobo into an SD card plugged into the SD card slot of my laptop. I move them to the SD card and place the card into the reader. The reader recognizes the content.

#4  eSheri 01-14-2011, 09:36 AM
i've transferred a few txt files. I see them in the list but they are blank when I open them. any suggestions?

#5  MrHatandClogs 01-14-2011, 11:34 PM
Quote Larpam10
I have had no problem adding books directly from Kobo into an SD card plugged into the SD card slot of my laptop. I move them to the SD card and place the card into the reader. The reader recognizes the content.
I tried this before I updated to the new firmware, and it didn't work.
I haven't tried it since updating, thanks for the tip.

#6  MrHatandClogs 01-14-2011, 11:35 PM
Quote eSheri
i've transferred a few txt files. I see them in the list but they are blank when I open them. any suggestions?
I'm sorry, I haven't tired any .txt files.

This is the first I've heard of anything showing up on the Literati but being blank when opened.

#7  DaleDe 01-15-2011, 01:26 PM
Hey MrHatandClogs how about funneling some knowledge into the wiki page.


#8  moon9 01-16-2011, 01:14 AM

any idea why my grandma's literati won't connect through wifi? please contact me at I even tried to hook it up with the usb cable and drop and drag books with no luck.

#9  dkb479 01-16-2011, 01:50 PM
So I just bought a book on the B & N site. I downloaded it to the adobe digital editions and it will not take it, states it is authorized to another user. Can someone help me get this file onto my Liberati reader please!!!

#10  vjplo 01-18-2011, 09:29 AM
I just discovered this forum. Thanks for the tips. Love my Literati but it has taken a bit of research and time to get it running, which is probably why there are so many 1-star reviews. Not everyone shares my mindset....master it or die trying.

Right now my main disappointment is battery life. It's fine for home and office but will disappoint when I travel. Is this something that can (and if so presumably will) be improved by a future upgrade? Are there any backup battery systems that will work with the Literati?

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