Nook Touch Has USB Host, Can Use a Keyboard

Have you ever wanted to write an ebook on an ebook reader? (No, actually). Well now you can! One enterprising hacker going by the name of verygreen was asked to look into USB host for the Nook Touch. He noted that the NT had a lot in common with the NC, so he started looking to see if the NT could take  keyboard. It can, because it turns out that the NT has the hardware for USB host.

But the reason this hasn't worked before is that the NT lacks the software. So in order to get this to work he had to cobble together  patch that added software support for USB Host. As you can see from the video below, he did get it working.But it is a work in progress, and he has posted the working code so you can hack your NT.

BTW, this isn't the most unusual thing that I've seen the NT do.  No, I think watching it play a Youtube video was a bigger surprise.


Do you recognize the voice? This is one of the hackers working on porting CyanogenMod to the HP TouchPad. He shot all those videos, too.

via XDA Forums

About Nate Hoffelder (11466 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

4 Comments on Nook Touch Has USB Host, Can Use a Keyboard

  1. Mind boggled. Really. Wondering what it would be like to type on an eInk screen now.

  2. Sweet. Can’t wait for a non-jailbreak version of this for the Kindle + roll up keyboard.(particularly the Kindle Fire, which is great for traveling with.)

  3. Kindle doesn’t seem to have the hardware, so unless you’re ready to open the case and fire up the soldering iron, it’s not going to happen.

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