Mobileread
Aura HD Any way to get Overdrive directly on reader?
#1  Thrasher 07-12-2020, 02:25 AM
I am getting super frustrated with transferring library books to my Kobo. I have the Aura HD, so I have to do it through PC. Most of the times the books will not open due to DRM conflict or whatnot. I have to to the whole deauthorize - authorize thing, and most of the times that does not work either.

Is there any way to flash firmware from the newer Kobos to mine so I can have built in Overdrive directly to my device?
Reply 

#2  PeterT 07-12-2020, 06:47 AM
Quote Thrasher

Is there any way to flash firmware from the newer Kobos to mine so I can have built in Overdrive directly to my device?
Nope.
Reply 

#3  JSWolf 07-12-2020, 07:10 AM
Quote Thrasher
I am getting super frustrated with transferring library books to my Kobo. I have the Aura HD, so I have to do it through PC. Most of the times the books will not open due to DRM conflict or whatnot. I have to to the whole deauthorize - authorize thing, and most of the times that does not work either.

Is there any way to flash firmware from the newer Kobos to mine so I can have built in Overdrive directly to my device?
When you download from Overdrive are you doing it with the same copy of ADE? Your Kobo should never need to be deauthorized once authorized witht he same account used to authorize ADE.'
Reply 

#4  Thrasher 07-12-2020, 01:20 PM
Quote JSWolf
When you download from Overdrive are you doing it with the same copy of ADE? Your Kobo should never need to be deauthorized once authorized witht he same account used to authorize ADE.'
I don’t quite understand your question. I have one version of ADE installed and I am always signed in to just one account. However , frequently after transferring to Kobo the library books don’t open. It’s like playing Russian roulette. Sometimes deauthorization, deletion, reauthorization , redownload works, but often it does not. I don’t get what the problem is. Is it with ADE , Overdrive, Kobo or all of the above?
Reply 

#5  DNSB 07-12-2020, 01:47 PM
Quote Thrasher
I don’t quite understand your question. I have one version of ADE installed and I am always signed in to just one account. However , frequently after transferring to Kobo the library books don’t open. It’s like playing Russian roulette. Sometimes deauthorization, deletion, reauthorization , redownload works, but often it does not. I don’t get what the problem is. Is it with ADE , Overdrive, Kobo or all of the above?
For me, I had issues when I reset my Kobo ereaders and needed to re-authorize. After a few times, this required calling Adobe since I ran out of authorizations. I finally realized that in the .adobe-digital-editions directory on the device, there are two files. The device.xml file is specific to the device but the activation.xml file was the same on all my devices. Now when I reset my Kobos, I put a saved copy of the activation.xml file in the .adobe-digital-editions directory and ADE happily says my Kobo is authorized. No need for re-authorization for quite a few years now.

As long as ADE is able to download the library ebook and my Kobo shows as authorized, I haven't seen any issues with library books not opening on my Kobos.


As usual, YMMV.
Reply 

#6  Uschiekid 07-12-2020, 02:34 PM
Also make sure the time is right on your device. Having the incorrect date/time can cause issues with library books.
Also what firmware are you on for your Kobo?
I had problems with library books and ADE on one or two of the firmwares. For example, if I tried to open a book that was expired, any book I tried to open afterwards would also say it was DRM protected, etc. Another problem was if I left an expired book on my kobo and added a new one, the new one wouldn't work. But if I deleted all the expired books, then added the new book, it would work. This was years ago and I haven't had similar problems for a very long time, but I mention this in case you are on a very old firmware. I don't even think these were problems encountered by the majority, but I know I wasn't the only one that would get a frequent "DRM authorization" message on books that shouldn't have caused that message.
Reply 

#7  Thrasher 07-12-2020, 02:35 PM
I see I am not the only one still experiencing this issue: https://community.adobe.com/t5/digital-editions/kobo-won-t-open-library-book-because-ereader-was-previously-deauthorized/td-p/9790918?page=1
The problem with the solution on that page is that you have to download a new book, which I have tried before and that often works and solves the problem. However, the problem is that the issue eventually returns, sooner than later in my case. And when I currently have books borrowed in my Overdrive Account that I want to read now, downloading a new book is not an option for me, since I am not interested in reading a new book.
This is super frustrating and I wonder why Kobo just doesn't flash their old readers with built-in Overdrive?
Any idea if this will ever happen?
Reply 

#8  Thrasher 07-12-2020, 02:37 PM
Quote Uschiekid
Also make sure the time is right on your device. Having the incorrect date/time can cause issues with library books.
Also what firmware are you on for your Kobo?
I had problems with library books and ADE on one or two of the firmwares. For example, if I tried to open a book that was expired, any book I tried to open afterwards would also say it was DRM protected, etc. Another problem was if I left an expired book on my kobo and added a new one, the new one wouldn't work. But if I deleted all the expired books, then added the new book, it would work. This was years ago and I haven't had similar problems for a very long time, but I mention this in case you are on a very old firmware. I don't even think these were problems encountered by the majority, but I know I wasn't the only one that would get a frequent "DRM authorization" message on books that shouldn't have caused that message.
I am currently on software 4.22.15190, which seems to be dated for 6/22/20. That means that Kobo is still supporting this device and updating it! Why don't they just add Overdrive to the software?
Reply 

#9  4691mls 07-12-2020, 02:52 PM
Not a fix for your Kobo, but if Overdrive books are your top priority you could consider a Tolino. I got my used Shine 2 for around $35 on eBay. It has direct library access.

However, ability to get books directly from a store is iffier if you're not in Tolino's intended European market. There's a thread in the Tolino forum where Rcentros reported on some ebook stores he had tried and whether they did or didn't work.
Reply 

#10  DNSB 07-12-2020, 03:39 PM
Quote Thrasher
I am currently on software 4.22.15190, which seems to be dated for 6/22/20. That means that Kobo is still supporting this device and updating it! Why don't they just add Overdrive to the software?
It's a differentiator for their newer devices? There is a cost to Kobo for having that capability on the device? It's their software and hardware and they get to make the decisions? What financial benefit to Kobo is there in adding Overdrive to a 7 year old device?
Reply 

  Next »  Last »  (1/3)
Today's Posts | Search this Thread | Login | Register