For many Kobo Reader users, Kobo and Pocket are equated. Unfortunately, this formula will no longer exist in the near future.
With Pocket Corporation's decision to migrate all user accounts to Firefox Accounts, Kobo e-book readers will stop supporting Pocket services. This change will go into effect on July 11, 2023, and requires all Pocket users to switch to logging in with a Firefox account by August 15, 2023.
Pocket, a company that specializes in read-later services, has long been an important partner for Kobo's e-reader. However, due to technical limitations, Kobo devices cannot support certain modern Internet technologies required for Firefox accounts. will not be able to use the Pocket service on their e-book readers.
The main reason for this change is that Mozilla purchased Pocket in 2017 and wanted to integrate its account system into Firefox Accounts. This change will bring stronger security features to users, such as two-factor authentication (2FA) and account recovery keys.
The recent update of Kobo Reader has brought new conveniences to users of some models—adding the function of linking to Google Drive. The new feature lets users upload unprotected ePubs, PDFs, and other supported file types to Google Drive and sync to their Kobo readers over Wi-Fi.
At this stage, this new feature is only available for Kobo Forma, Kobo Sage, Kobo Elipsa and Kobo Elipsa 2E, and requires software version 4.37 or above.
To link the Google Drive service to the Kobo reader, users need to obtain a code from the reader and enter it on the Kobo website. When the user's reader and Google account are linked, the reader can access the files uploaded by the user to Google Drive.
Users can add files to the Rakuten Kobo folder in Google Drive. Then sync the reader via Wi-Fi. After the synchronization is complete, the books and content of Google Drive will appear in "My Books", and users can read documents in Kobo Reader.