Nook Simple Touch as Kindle Reader?

Just follow simple video directions to root the newest Nook as an Android tablet.

The Simple Touch from Nook recently beat the Kindle in Consumer Report’s ratings, while Buffy Hamilton pledged to buy the Simple Touch over the Kindle after the librarian received notification about the new Kindle Education Guidelines. The Nook Color is enjoying strong sales due to the flexibility of  its reading experience for toddlers to adults, plus the easy rooting that turns the color eReader into a bargain tablet computer. Here’s another reason to take a look at Nook.

Now Nook Simple Touch owners can follow easy 10-minute directions provided by The Ebook Reader Blog in layman’s terms plus how-to video, showing the steps needed root the eInk tablet. Once the Nook is rooted, owners can switch back & forth from the standard Nook Simple Touch operation to an Android desktop that can include extras such as an internet browser, Gmail, and even the Kindle app. The ability of the Nook Simple Touch to connect via wifi to the internet isn’t touted by Barnes & Noble, but the work of XDA Developers group to open up the Simple Touch’s Android system will certainly lead to more buyers. My only quibble with the Simple Touch is that it has no audio – so you can’t drag-n-drop MP3 audiobooks onto it as you can the Nook Color or Kindle, nor add audiobooks via Audible as you can with the Kindle or play audiobooks using the Audible or OverDrive app as you can on the rooted Nook Color.

Now please excuse me while I go play with my newly rooted Simple Touch 😉



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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