Rooting a Nook
As you might have noticed, there’s a bit of a price war going on in eReaders. We got a Nook the other day. We chose it over the Kindle because it is more hackable. The first step to hacking a Nook is to root it. That’s what Peter and I did tonight.
It’s surprisingly easy. The guys at nookDevs have put together a very simple process called SoftRooting. You simply place a copy of version 1 of the operating system onto it, reboot, then place a copy of their hacked version of 1.4 onto it and reboot again. This install contains several handy utilities like Trook, so we were immediately able to do things like get to Wikipedia, read the New York Times, and download Creative Commons books.
The next step is to write some applications for it ourselves. The Nook runs Android and we have a copy of the Android SDK already.