Nook Touch Rooting: June 14th News

Note: All Nook Touch rooting news of this day will be consolidated into this single post, with any updates at the end.

Update June 14: See end of post.

This post uses images and easier to follow text than the directions at the Nook Devs site: How to root Nook Touch and side load apps (Kindle, ADW launcher), review

XDA Developers forum:

This post confirms root explorer and Amazon App Store work.

This post theorizes why Android Market doesn’t work.

This post warns people that installing gReader will interfere with the native Nook Touch software’s ability to read PDF files.

This post cites Android Freeware Lovers as a place to get apks.

This post contains an interesting tip:

At the moment, I have it set to launch Softkeys on boot, and Softkeys set to be runnable from the notification bar, with Softkeys home set to launch ADW (all of which is a work-around to allow me to get back to ADW from the reader.

MobileRead forums:

For reference, this post about the Nook Touch microSD file structure.

And people requesting Nook Touch modded ROMs at the Cyanogen(mod) forum.

This is a video overview/review of the Nook Touch. What’s interesting about it is the size comparison to a Kindle 3 and Sony Reader Touch (650). Also, when he compares the largest Kindle type size to that of Nook Touch, the superior contrast of the Kindle screen is very apparent.

Not related to rooting at all, your Moment of Awwww — a child reading from a Nook Touch:

Lastly, for the haters: Five reasons NOT to get a Nook Touch

Update June 14:

I never even thought of this angle!

Install Overdrive, get wireless access to library books.


And here is a Mom Story that made me LMAO:

Just got one of these for my mom, a very very late mothers day gift (hey its not my fault mother’s day is celebrated in the middle of college exams!). After explaining a bit about it, she pretty much asked me on the spot to root it so she can play scrabble and use some other android apps.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

I think we’re beginning to see the end of “It has to be easy enough for my Mom” stories…

If you’re not seeing the seven partitions during the rooting process, you might have forgotten something:

now you need to replace the file uRamdisk on the boot n: drive with the new one make sure the new one is renamed to be exactly like the old one

Finally, someone else compared a Kindle 3 to the Nook Touch:

I borrowed a friend’s Kindle 3 and compared it directly with the Nook. What I found is that the Kindle seems to have a better e-ink display. It has more shades of gray, richer detail, and smoother fonts. I am kind of bummed. Everything is much darker on the kindle, even web browsing.

I wonder what is going on there? And I wonder if the Kindle With Touch will retain its deeper blacks?

Previously here:

Nook Touch Rooting: June 13th News
Nook Touch Rooting: Brief Update
Nook Touch Finally Really Reviewed
First Video: Rooted Nook Touch Running ADW Launcher
First Video: Nook Touch As Kindle!
Why No Flood Of Rooted Nook Touch?
Rooted Nook Touch Mention
Let The Nook Touch Rooting Begin!
First Video Of Nook Touch Hidden Web Browser
Nook Touch Has Hidden But Functional Web Browser
First Photo: Website On Nook Touch Hidden Browser



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4 responses to “Nook Touch Rooting: June 14th News

  1. Scott Gunsaullus

    Interesting that all of Chris’s reasons NOT to buy a nook touch are tied to the stock software and B&N marketplace. All 4 can be overcome with a good mod.

  2. I’m wondering the same thing about the Kindle Touch (said to be coming, in the Fall, by David Carnoy but no one else yet) and the loss of contrast seen with the Nook Touch.

    The video shows only Kindle’s larger fonts vs the Nook’s smaller ones so it’s not a fair comparison of contrast. But the Kindle 3 does have screen-contrast adjustments for PDFs, and you can see how important that would be. It also has Zoom choices but more importantly, Landscape mode, which auto-enlarges the font sizes because there is more room for the text width-wise.

    As for that e-Ink relative darkness, I have a blog article using images from a Nook Touch owner who tries hard to match the font sizes to show the differences in darkness.
    That’s at
    I think her two pics show clearly the differences I saw in the store, especially if you click on the first one to see the enlarged version. But both are pretty clear. It did bother me right away but would not bother anyone who wasn’t used to the Kindle 3 screen.

    • mikecane

      Earlier this morning I read your post and the Wired post about the K2 font controversy, how the text was lighter than the K1. I wonder if something like that is happening here? Amazon obviously fixed that problem with the K3. Any ideas about that?

  3. Amazon didn’t really fix the problem to the point that the K2 is like the K3 — there were some realllllly light K2’s. The K1’s were darker than most K2s.
    The K3 Pearl screen is what fixed it, as it has, inherently 50% more contrast by design.

    Wired later also used my pictures from this blog entry
    that compared K2 and K3 for screen contrast:

    There was an interesting microscope comparison
    later of images from both models, followed by
    two more image sets I made:

    My first blog entry ever was a photo comparison
    of Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 the day I got the Kindle 2.
    ( My Kindles were pretty close.)

    The K3 and DX Pearl screens are MUCH darker and crisper than the best K2’s.
    My own K2 has fonts fairly close in darkness to the K1, as I mentioned, I think, in the Wired story. But I saw many photos of much-less contrast and Amazon did try to replace those and it took a few tries sometimes to get them in good shape like the one I had, which just had a slightly more wispy, more middle-brown look than black when looking close up under good lighting. Otherwise, I wasn’t aware of it.

    After I got my K3, I picked up the K2 by accident one day and thought my K3 fonts had *faded*.

    I think only some of us are more sensitive to that issue.

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