When you start a Kobo e-reader for the first time, it blocks any interaction until you run the setup software (Win/Mac only) or connect the device to a WiFi point. This initial setup will do two things: it will force you to create a
kobobooks.com account, and it will update your device's firmware.
Some users would rather not connect their devices to the internet or create online accounts because of privacy concerns, while others may not be interested in buying e-books on Kobo's online marketplace. Furthermore, there's no setup software for other OSes like GNU/Linux, so you're left alone with the WiFi option.
There is a simple way to by-pass the above mentioned restriction. The Kobo reader will skip it whenever a
user is detected by its firmware. We could achieve this by editing the internal device database. There are two ways to do it: one for average users, and other for tech savvy ones.
- Install DB Browser for SQLite and open the
KoboReader.sqlitefile that you will find in the
- Click on the
Browse Datatab and select the
usertable in the dropdown menu.
- Click on the
New Recordbutton to register a new user. A new row will be added. Then you can edit each cell value by double-clicking on them.
- Enter a random name (e.g. "Foo") in the
- Enter a random e-mail address (e.g. "firstname.lastname@example.org") in the
UserEmailcell. It doesn't need to match the standard e-mail address format.
- Save the changes by clicking
Assuming you already have a command-line shell for SQLite 3…
- Open the database by running
$ sqlite3 ./.kobo/KoboReader.sqlitein a terminal (Linux, Mac) or command prompt (Windows).
- Add a new record to the
usertable by running the following query:
You can change those values.
INSERT INTO 'user' (UserID, UserKey, UserDisplayName, UserEmail)
VALUES (3, '', 'Foo', 'email@example.com');
UserEmaildoesn't need to match a well-formed e-mail account.
- Exit by running
Download the appropriate ZIP file for your device from the list below. Then connect your Kobo e-reader to your computer using a USB cable. Extract the ZIP file contents into the
.kobo folder of your Kobo e-reader. Finally, remove your Kobo e-reader with security and your e-reader will refresh itself and start the updating procedure automatically.
(List was last updated on: 9/27/2022)
- Download the appropriate ZIP files from the list below.
- Connect the Kobo e-reader to your PC with an USB cable.
- Copy the
dicthtml.zipfiles to the
.kobo/dict/folder on the device. Do not extract the ZIP files content.
- Safely disconnect the e-reader from your computer.
- In the e-reader, tap the
≡menu icon at the top left corner, and navigate to
Language and dictionaries.
- There you can read: "X dictionaries installed". Tap the
Editbutton at the right.
- Enable each dictionary you have downloaded by clicking on the
+button at their side.