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

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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 Cane24 January, 2012

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

    1. fjtorres24 January, 2012

      Well, if Softmaker Office ever gets out of Beta it would give you an office suite to use the keyboard with.

  2. StevH24 January, 2012

    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. Justin Case27 January, 2012

    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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