Hardware modders have prised open Barnes and Noble’s nook ebook reader, turning the device into an Android-based tablet PC complete with a free mobile connection.
Nook hardware hackers turn the device into a Android tablet
The multi-stage hack is documented on nookDevs. Part one involves a process called teardown, and this is followed by rooting. Obtaining root privileges gives users control of the device. The hack involves poking around in the insides of a nook with a screwdriver, as well as software modifications, and so is far trickier than unlocking an iPhone, for example.
Users who follow the instructions will void their warranty, even if they are careful and competent enough to navigate the process without turning the ebook reader into something that can only be used as a bookend.
The internet connection features built into the device are designed to allow users to buy and download new eBooks. Updates that, at the very least, make pwning the connection so that hackers can surf the web impossible, are likely to follow in response to the hack, device blogger Adrian Kingsley-Hughes notes.
The nook was released in the US last month as a competitor to the Amazon Kindle and similar devices. Its technology includes Wi-Fi and 3G wireless connectivity provided by AT&T. Each unit sells for $259. ®