Problems with syncing, reading, rebooting
02 February 2015 00:09 (GMT)I recently purchased a Kobo Touch. I have previously used Kobo using the Android app, but wanted a proper ebook reader to read my Kobo books.
I used wifi to sync my account after logging in and it started to download all my books. I thought it had finished. When I went to the library on the device it listed so many pages of books (not sure now how many). That later changed, not sure why. Then after syncing again, it downloaded books that had previously been missing, and now there were 21 pages of books in the Kobo library.
There should have been 170 books, but 21 pages is at most 105 books.
Then when I tried to open some of the books, the screen was blank apart from the word "Reading" at the top of the screen, probably because it had not downloaded. Some books opened okay.
A short while later there are only 10 pages of books, so over half my books have disappeared.
I think this is a problem with syncing via wifi, as I keep trying to sync and it does it for a while and then comes up with a network error message, despite the fact that other wireless devices are all working perfectly well on the same wifi access point and my internet is working.
I have tried re-entering my wifi password on the Kobo but it does not help. The Kobo is sitting less than half a metre from the wifi access point and keeps refusing to hold the connection. This is true even after several times switching the Kobo Touch off and then on again.
I am continuing to try to sync the device, but so far it cannot hold a stable wifi connection for long enough. Is there a way to fix this?
And sometimes when reading a book on the device, the Kobo Touch just randomly reboots itself.
Each time I sync or use the Touch, the number of books changes. I have connected it to my PC and run Calibre, which shows 85 books on there.
I have tried contacting Kobo tech support. They suggested switching it off and using a paperclip in the hole at the back, which did nothing. That was after the second time I contacted them today about this. After the first request I just got a standard response telling me how to clear my web browser cache, which is not only irrelevant, as my request relates to one of their devices rather than my PC, but also shows that their tech support people probably do not even bother to read the emails they receive.
So does anyone have a solution to this? Or do you think my Touch might be faulty?
When I go to settings and look at Device Information, it shows storage used as about 900 MB of 1361 MB (it varies according to how many books it thinks are there). Software version is 2.1.0 (r42472, 8/28/12).
Times of Turmoil: A Christian Thriller (Book 1)
06 January 2015 18:25 (GMT)Times of Turmoil, book 1 of 7 of my Christian fiction series, The End Times Saga, is free for a limited time.
In this first novel in The End Times Saga, we follow how the Evans family gained their riches and eventually their power to influence events in the United States. We see important events that the Evans family gets themselves involved in: such as the return of the Israelites to Israel, the assassination of President Kennedy, the terrorism of 9/11, and eventually events that lead to government tyranny in the United States with the sole purpose of destroying Christianity and its influence in the United States.
The Courage to Accept
05 January 2015 14:27 (GMT)The fourth volume of the War of the Second Iteration pentology is now available for both Nook and Kobo ereaders:
The Commonwealth has known only peace for nearly four hundred years. Now war is upon them. How do you prepare for something no one alive has ever seen?
26 December 2014 01:15 (GMT)I visited Iceland just after the Third Cod War and wondered what sort of reception English tourists would get. I didn't need to have worried; the people were lovely and incredibly friendly. They are also one of the most literate people in the world. Every year around 700 to 800 books are published in Iceland - that doesn't sound many until you realise that the population of the entire country is well under a third of million people. They are heavy readers, perhaps due to the long dark winters, buying a lot of books and heavily using the libraries.
I was reminded of all this on Christmas Eve. Traditionally books are published in Iceland in December in a "Jolabokaflod" (Christmas Book Flood) and books are popular Christmas gifts. Presents are given on Christmas Eve and it is common to spend that night snuggled up in bed with a new book and a good supply of chocolate.
Perhaps because books are so often given as gifts eReaders have been slow to take off in Iceland - though I've found a lot of good Icelandic thrillers in English translation available as ebooks here.
For more about the Icelandic book market and reading habits see: http://www.npr.org/2012/12/25/167537939/...book-flood
The Desert Keeps Its Dead - my 1st ever crime novel
20 December 2014 17:31 (GMT)Down the years, I’ve largely become known as a writer of supernatural fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. I’ve written science fiction too, and even some short mystery stories, but those have almost always had either a supernatural or a futuristic twist. But now my very first full-blown crime novel – THE DESERT KEEPS ITS DEAD – is out from Telos Publishing. No spooks, no sf, nothing but action and intrigue and evil-doing. It’s available in eBook format and in a paperback version too. The back-cover write-up is below:
The desert … it prefers to keep its dead. It wraps them up in its hot, dry arms, leeching the moisture from their skin ….
Ex-FBI agent turned private eye Matt Barrett arrives in Sunset City, Arizona searching for a teenage runaway, only to find her dead and buried in the desert sand. Investigating further, he learns that other young girls have gone missing. It seems there may be a serial killer on the loose. But Sunset City is an unwelcoming place of dark, closely-guarded secrets, and Barrett is resisted at every step of the way, soon finding his own life in danger …
A gripping, noirish debut crime novel from acclaimed horror and dark fantasy author Tony Richards.
‘He’s convincing … convincing enough that the locals will read about their city as described by Tony Richards and shudder. And that’s what we call a writers’ writer’ – John Pelan.
THE DESERT KEEPS ITS DEAD is available in eBook format from Amazon, B&N Nook, Kobo, and as a fine looking trade paperback from Telos Publishing.
Free Christmas Short Romances
18 December 2014 14:54 (GMT)I have two seasonal short romances that are free on Nook and Kobo, 'The Office Party:'
and 'All The Trimmings:'
If you read and enjoy the stories, I would appreciate reviews, recommendations and ratings on Nook, Kobo and elsewhere.