It's been just over a week since Barnes & Noble launched their latest ereader. In that time the device has been hacked, the hidden web browser has been found, and now we have a way for you to install apps.
The trick will require a PC and a USB cable, and some serious technical know-how, but once you pull it off you could have an Android ereader which runs your choice of reading apps.
To install the apps, first you'll need to change a setting in a hidden menu on your Plus.
Open the Settings menu, navigate to the second page, and then open the "Software" menu. You should see an option for "Software version". Click on that three times to unlock the Plus's hidden menu.
Scroll down the screen until you see the option for "Development Options". Click that option, and when the new menu comes up check the box for "USB debugging".
Once you've done that, your next step will be to head over to XDA Forums. There you will find assistance with installing ADB on your computer, and tips on how to use that utility to install apps on your Plus.
I haven't tried this myself, but there are several reports on XDA Forums and MobileRead that this works. For example:
It took some effort involving installing Java, Android's Studio Bundle (A 1.1GB download) and re-familiarizing my self with a command prompt (how retro!) I now have Nova launcher, calibre companion, Stockfish Chess and Moon Reader pro running on my Nook.
Using Nova Launcher as the default launcher makes the NGP look like an android tablet from another manufacturer with nary a Nook reference to be found.
And a second MR member reported installing :
Installed Zeam Launcher, FBReader, Kindle and Button Savior. And I'm in business !
To put it simply, these two users have turned their proprietary B&N device into a more open Android device with a standard home screen and common third party apps like Kindle, FBReader, and Moon+.
That's great news for users!