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Offline larkim
12 Jun 2013, 08:22 PM | Post: #11

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(12 Jun 2013 04:43 PM)MartinLake Wrote: Wrote:  
(11 Jun 2013 03:08 PM)larkim Wrote: Wrote:  Seems there is stock for home delivery back in at Argos. http://www.argos.co.uk...
Mine arrived from PC World last Friday after they took the order and ran out of stock.  I've now got it rooted and have the Kindle app installed on it for the best of both worlds - syncing from my Kindle account, as well as having the B&N store and ePub books available on one device.  SWMBO now has my Kindle Keyboard so we can now happily read and sync across Nook, KK, 2 x android phones, Nexus 7 or any of the various PCs / laptops that we use.
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I must be behind the times. Does this mean that you can read all of these devices on the Nook? Is this some form of magic?
Dark, dark magic!

Well, in terms of reading on all of these devices, yes.  An Android phone (or tablet) can download the Kindle app which allows you to read on the phone.  Small screen, but very handy when the Kindle isn't around.  And your current page is synced across all different devices, so it doesn't matter which one comes to hand.  (Sorry if that was teaching grandma egg sucking techniques, wasn't sure which bit of the magic you felt behind!)

In terms of the Nook, it is, deep, deep down a plain old Android device.  But Barnes & Noble have, understandably, tried to lock it down so that all it can do is read books that are bought from its store.  Their problem is that clever geeks can get around this (as they do with phones, tablets too) by "rooting" them - it's a bit like getting access to the "c:" drive on your PC, giving you loads of control.  

Once you've rooted the Nook, and turned it into a plain old android device, you can then install the same Kindle app that you might have on your phone or tablet, and (with a little more fiddling) you've got a Kindle replica for £29!

I'll be honest, I've rooted a few devices before, and I'm quite a geek, so none of it phased me.  Rooting is straighforward, but some of the other steps are a little idiosyncratic!  But well worth the effort I reckon!

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12 Jun 2013, 08:22 PM | Post: #12

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(12 Jun 2013 04:43 PM)MartinLake Wrote: Wrote:  I must be behind the times. Does this mean that you can read all of these devices on the Nook? Is this some form of magic?

The Nook Simple Touch runs the Android Cupcake operating system. This is hidden under the Nook eReader software, but there are ways to break out of the eReader and gain 'root' access which gives you full control over Android. Once you have that you can install the Google App store and from there install the Kindle and Kobo apps. You then have a machine that can read eBooks in any format. The only potential problem is that there is a risk that if you get the rooting process wrong then you can brick your Nook, making it an expensive but attractive looking paperweight.
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13 Jun 2013, 09:37 AM | Post: #13

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(12 Jun 2013 08:22 PM)frogplate Wrote: Wrote:  
(12 Jun 2013 04:43 PM)MartinLake Wrote: Wrote:  I must be behind the times. Does this mean that you can read all of these devices on the Nook? Is this some form of magic?

The Nook Simple Touch runs the Android Cupcake operating system. This is hidden under the Nook eReader software, but there are ways to break out of the eReader and gain 'root' access which gives you full control over Android. Once you have that you can install the Google App store and from there install the Kindle and Kobo apps. You then have a machine that can read eBooks in any format. The only potential problem is that there is a risk that if you get the rooting process wrong then you can brick your Nook, making it an expensive but attractive looking paperweight.
To be honest, the rooting was very straightforward.  Its getting the device back into a nice, friendly, usable format after that which I found took some time.  The stock "launcher" which was installed with the rooting process that I followed was fine, but wasn't visually as appealing or simple as I'd have liked, so I put "launcher8" on, and with that (and some time playing around), I've now got a really easily usable format that even my technophobe dad could use!

As a correction, I understood that the NST was running Eclair (Android 2.1) not Cupcake (Android 1.5).

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13 Jun 2013, 06:34 PM | Post: #14

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RE: Nook for £29.00 from Argos

(13 Jun 2013 09:37 AM)larkim Wrote: Wrote:  As a correction, I understood that the NST was running Eclair (Android 2.1) not Cupcake (Android 1.5).

Ah! Thanks - my information and my Nook are rather out of date then.
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Have made the plunge and bought a Nook with the intention of rooting it and turning it into a rudimentary Android device. It'll be interesting to see if I can use it as a writing machine!

It seems there are several different rooting methods so will have to do some research before taking the first step...
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(14 Jun 2013 05:40 PM)alexroddie Wrote: Wrote:  It'll be interesting to see if I can use it as a writing machine!

With a bit of ingenuity you could end up with something similar to the Kindleberry Pi! Great for writing in the sun.
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Thought I would write a quick follow up on this thread. I have successfully rooted my Nook Simple Touch using the method described in this thread:

http://forum.xda-developers.com...

It's very important you check the firmware number of your device. This rooting method only works for firmware 1.2.1 (which all new NST units ought to come installed with) and does not actually install stock Android, but a launcher with file manager and system tools and the ability to install Android apps. Note that the Amazon marketplace does not work in the UK.

You need to follow the instructions on this thread to install Google apps and the Android marketplace:

http://forum.xda-developers.com...

It's easily to sideload APK files for apps if the market misbehaves. Just use Dropbox.

So far I'm delighted with the rooting experience, which is far easier than I had anticipated and has allowed me to install Dropbox, Google Drive, Kindle, and a text editor which I can even use for writing! The web browser (I've installed Opera Mini) is also FAR better than the web browsing experience on the equivalent Kindle device.
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P.S. Just installed ADW launcher and the "Minimalist Black" theme which adds a launcher that looks a lot like stock Android, including a desktop.
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I think this device shows a lot of promise!

   

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