Hacking the nook

Here is a way to add more features to your nook without purchasing anything extra.

April 14th, 2010 at 6:00am — Comments: (1) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Gadgets

Barnes and Noble nook

Recently, I reviewed the Barnes & Noble nook, but I noted that there were some features that were missing in the eReader. Something Barnes & Noble needs to fix on a future software upgrade.

Since the nook runs entirely on the Android operating system, there is an opportunity to add additional features to the nook. Most users were not content with an eReader that just reads eBooks.

If you aren't content with your nook, there are a couple of resources on the Internet to give your eReader an extra boost of features to get the most from your nook.

So the first stop? How to add more features to your nook.

Gimme an upgrade

nookDevs.com
This is the place to go when you are seriously thinking about improving your nook. The site offers detailed instructions on how to apply additional features to your nook through either software or hardware modifications.

On a side-note, I would recommend using the software method of "rooting" your nook as opposed to the hardware method, which brings me to another note that is extremely....

IMPORTANT: If you are not comfortable with doing this procedure, DO NOT root your nook. Also, I am just providing sites to make your nook a better product, this does not mean that I encourage you to "root" your nook or rip it apart to void the warranty. Do this at your own risk.

I "softrooted" my nook and, overall, I'm very pleased with the additional applications and features provided through the "upgrade."

Blogs

nookTalk.com
A news blog and forum of topics dealing with the nook. The forum is definitely worth checking out and has earned a spot on my bookmark list with anything dealing with the nook.

nook book reader
Another good blog for nook news.

Tools

Calibre
As a PDF/ePub manager of your library of eBooks, this utility works with Windows, OSX, AND Linux and can convert your PDF eBooks to ePub and vice-versa. Even Lifehacker has recommended it a number of times.

These are the major sites/tools that I use the most.I'm sure there are tons of tools out there that I missed.

Which ones did I miss? Post your comments below.

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Jonathan Danylko is a freelance web architect and avid programmer who has been programming for over 20 years. He has developed various systems in numerous industries including e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate, health, insurance, and utility companies.

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1 Comments

  1. Greg
    June 18th, 2010 at 8:47pm
    Has anyone tried...

    The 3G sim card in an external AT&T 3G USB, PCMCIA or Express card modem 3G modem for the PC or Mac?

    I had an AT&T account and the SIM card could be moved from device to device with no ill effects.

    Can the WiFi be switched to AdHOC for sharing the FREE 3G with other PC or Mac ?

    Just curious... I would really LOVE TO HAVE FREE 3G FOR LIFE ! ! !

    Do not own Nook YET, but SOON ! ! !

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