Hacked Nook Touch now runs the Kindle app (video)

Mike Cane beat me to this one, but given that he had to be up at 3am to do it, I really have no problem with that.

You’re looking at the first Nook Touch to be hacked and run the Amazon Kindle app. It’s nowhere near ready for the average user, and even when it is I’m not sure you’d want it. This app has been tweaked to look good on an LCD screen and frankly the animation is almost painful to watch on the NT. I kinda wanted the NT as an E-ink Android tablet, but as I watch this video I think I’ve changed my mind.

But you have to admit that this a rather odd use of a $139 ebook reader.

via XDA Forums

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane11 June, 2011

    I’ve had a nap since. Aldiko also does a slide animation when switching pages. It will be interesting to see that on a Nook Touch too. eInk really does make people think very differently about designing apps! I never considered these issues and had to see it with my own eyes.

  2. Mike Cane11 June, 2011

    OMG! Someone got ADW Launcher to work on it. We’re getting closer! And there’s BLUETOOTH!

    1. Bob12 June, 2011

      Wow. That’s so exciting. Gee whiz. I’ll go open a bottle of Dom. *yawn*

  3. fjtorres11 June, 2011

    Kindle for Android isn’t typical. The paging animations can be turned off or at least mitigated in most android reading aps, most specifically the two I would install first on a hacked Nook; coolreader3 and fbreader. Aldiko, too. Shouldn’t be a show stopper.

    What will be most interesting so see, though, is what happens when they install Nook for android tablets on the STR; it seems most owners of hacked NCs prefer it to the native Nook app. 🙂

    1. Nate Hoffelder11 June, 2011


      I’ll go suggest it to the hacker.

  4. you twat!11 June, 2011

    you can’t slap flies or mosquitos with an e-reader like ordinary books

    1. C'on9 July, 2011

      Yea you can, just do it at your own risk.

  5. George Costanza12 June, 2011

    Because the article does not indicate this at all. The nook touch was rooted 4 days ago by JesusFreke. That is not the first hacked nook touch.

  6. Comparison eReaders12 June, 2011

    Hehe. I’m sure Barnes & Noble would be loving this. Kindle app on their flagship eReader…I love it!

  7. Gonzo12 June, 2011

    To be honest – this is absolutely perfect for me since I live in the UK.

    I have a Touch arriving this week, and it is beyond me in a global market that Barnes & Noble won’t let you buy books unless you have a US credit card.

    So I could have the best of both worlds (assuming purchasing Amazon books is possible on a non-kindle unit).
    Anyway – all credit to the hacker 🙂

    1. Chris12 June, 2011

      I could be wrong, but I believe the credit card thing has to do with how their DRM functions.

      1. fjtorres12 June, 2011

        Yes, their DRM is tied to a CC number, which is why even free ebooks need one.
        No, it does not explain why they insist on a *US* CC, thereby shutting out non-US buyers.
        Until this policy changes, any Nooks that find their way outside the US will end up in the Kindle or Kobo ecosystems.

    2. fjtorres12 June, 2011

      Yes, Kindle for Android lets you buy ebooks from the app.
      But even if it didn’t, you can buy them with any browser and/or Kindle for PC or Mac.
      Any ebooks you buy from Amazon are stored on Amazon servers and can be d/l’ed to any device/app tied to your Amazon account. Repeatedly, if need be.

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  11. Angusdog13 June, 2011

    So, tell me, how do you put the Kindle app onto the new nook? Sounds like fun. Angus

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  13. nikotttin14 June, 2011

    Why do they restrict to credit card (CC) numbers?
    Simple answer: all major CC companies in the US have a check in place for CC numbers issued in the US only. They do not provide a verification of CC numbers issued outside the US.

    Therefore, when you set up a webshop in the US, you will have to leave by the US CC rules… If you don’t want to, then open your shop outside the US borders.


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