As a society, we need an open source device for reading. Books are among the most important documents of our culture, yet the most popular and widespread devices we have for reading — the Kobo, the Nook, the Kindle and even the iPad — are closed devices, operating as small moving parts in a set of giant closed platforms whose owners’ interests are not always aligned with readers’.From “The Open Book Project” on GitHub
Joeycastillo‘s aims are more than good. It is a step in the right direction. Sadly, the e-ink screen currently available for such “built-it-yourself” hardware is not comparable with those of Kobo, Nook or Kindle. It’s way too small, and its resolution are too coarse.
I would rather prefer a “free-as-in-freedom” ROM for my Kobo. Luckily it seems that there are several custom firmware for Kobo, according to DuckDuckGo. You can even turn your Kobo into a Debian Linux Tablet. Here’s some random links about it:
- https://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2018/03/17/list-of-hacks-mods-and-add-ons-for-kobo-ereaders/ https://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=295612 https://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kobo_Touch_Hacking
- https://gitter.im/koreader/koreader https://github.com/koreader/koreader
- https://github.com/koreader/koreader/wiki/Installation-on-Kobo-devices https://github.com/ccoffing/OcherBook https://github.com/ccoffing/OcherBook/wiki/Installation
The one I liked more is okreader. Its README says:
I now have an official excuse to get me another Kobo: I can’t mess up those of my daughter, she will need it this summer!