KOReader - change forward and back to bottom and top


(Mostly notes to myself)

KOReader is the best eReader software I've found. It works beautifully on eInk screens, Android, and Linux. Just a gorgeous - and infinitely customisable - experience.

There's one thing I don't like - to move forward a page, you have to click the right of the screen and, to move back, the left. That's fine if you're holding the book in your right hand. But sometimes I behave in a sinister fashion and hold it in my left. I want to tap the bottom of the screen to move forward, and the top to move back a page.

My previous eReader had an easy-settings menu like this:
Various forward and back configurations.

KOReader doesn't have anything like that - yet - so here's how to set it up manually.

  1. In the book selection screen (not when reading a book) tap the top of the screen to bring up the menu bar, then press 🛠️ for Tools
  2. At the bottom of the menu, scroll across to page 2
  3. Select "More Tools"
  4. Select "Advanced Settings"
  5. Read the big scary warning message and press "OK"
  6. Scroll along until you find "DTAP_ZONE_BACKWARD". Tap on it, and edit the values to read h=0.5 w=1 x=0 y=0
  7. For "DTAP_ZONE_FORWARD", set the values to h=0.5 w=1 x=0 y=0.5"
  8. Press the "X" in the top right corner, and restart KOReader.

Done!

Adapted from this GitHub issue. I've also added these instructions to the KOReader Wiki


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3 thoughts on “KOReader - change forward and back to bottom and top”

  1. Paul Kelly says:

    I would be interested to know what hardware you use this with. Do any e-ink devices come without ebook reading software? Or is some of the default software so poor it is worth installing replacement software such as this?

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    1. @edent says:

      I use it on the Boyue Likebook Ares. Most eReaders have decent enough software. I use KOReader because it offers a lot more customisable and I like supporting open source software.

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  2. Greg says:

    I recently found myself in exactly your scenario and this article was the perfect help for getting my tap zones set up just right. Thank you!

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