Sony Reader T1 Hack Now Available

Sony Reader T1 Hack Now Available e-Reading Hardware

Last week I was the first to find out that the Sony Reader T1 had been hacked (video), and today I am the first user to have a hacked T2 in my possession.  Early this morning I went out and bought a T1 just because of the hack. I'm still playing with it, and it looks to be rather interesting.

Update: There's been a few major changes in the past day or so. I can now install apps.

The hack was just released Thursday night (here) by the fellow who shot the demo video, and I have to say that it feels like  it's still a work in progress.   There wasn't much included and I haven't gotten anything to install (yet).

But the hack itself was easy to install, and it doesn't replace the original firmware, of course. All it does is modify the existing software and add a number of new apps.  You get a new home screen, Cool Reader, a file manager, and a dictionary. It's also easy to switch back and forth between the 2 home screens (press the home button).

Unfortunately, I have not been able to install any apps yet. But to be fair I only tried for 5 or 10 minutes before writing this post. I was hoping to include a photo showing the Kindle app, but no. I'm also having trouble installing the Amazon Appstore.

The other problem I encountered was that my hacked T1 is still using the default browser, and it won't allow me to download install files. That means that I cannot simply browse a website like freeware lovers and download anything yet.  But I'm still playing with it so that might change by the end of the day.

All in all, I am comfortable with suggesting that you install the hack. It looks relatively stable and it is reversible. Even if your attempt to install the hacked firmware ends badly, you should still be able to re-install the original.

I know I'm posting this without any amazing photos, but I wanted to get the news out as fast as possible. If more people try the hack then we'll figure out how to get around the quirks faster. You can find the instructions and a zip file with the hack here.

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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."

7 Comments on Sony Reader T1 Hack Now Available

  1. Annnnd it’s now evening. You need to do a follow-up post tomorrow. Don’t bury progress in Comments here.

  2. Thanks for posting it up. Not going to try this on my own yet. Hoping to see some better resources on this that ain’t in Russian.

  3. What about PRS900?
    Is it possible to install browser on it?

  4. Does anybody know how i can access my books through the ADWlauncher EX home screen?
    it doesnt find the books i have with any of the reader apps and it doesnt install any new folders to put books in for the FBReader or Ebookdroid, to be honest i dont really see the point 😛
    none of the apps seem to work the only thing that is somewhat cool is the new android interface with wallpaper and icon menu, but it pretty much ends there.
    Thanks in advance to whoever can give me some advice.

  5. Ah nvm i found it, i can access my maps through coolreader but it only works with epub, most of my books are in PDF format…any suggestions for other reader apps?

  6. One thing I’d REALLY like to know is…
    Any way of connecting things to the USB? Like a keyboard?

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