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Nook Color Rooted — Will B&N Embrace the Tablet? 181

Posted by timothy
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itwbennett writes "It can browse the web, edit Office docs, run apps. Is it a low-cost, low-function e-reader? Nope, it's a Nook. And now that XDA has rooted it, how Barnes & Noble responds will determine whether the Nook has a tablet future, says blogger Ryan Faas. 'If the device can be turned into a capable Android tablet (which technically it already is) easily, the $250 price tag certainly beats out some of the competition.'"
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Nook Color Rooted — Will B&N Embrace the Tablet?

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  • by _xeno_ (155264) on Wednesday December 01, 2010 @09:38AM (#34403288) Homepage Journal

    That I can then get _my_ books off of my nook onto my laptop in a readable format?

    I don't know about the Nook Color, but for the Nook itself, yes you can: easily. Without jailbreaking.

    First, connect the Nook via USB. It's just a USB storage device using FAT32. All your downloaded ebooks will be in "my B&N downloads" on the root of the device. Annoyingly they're named by random numbers, but whatever, you can still grab them and get them off the device.

    They will be DRMed, but the DRM is cracked and trivial: the key is the name on your credit card plus the credit card number itself. The idea is that you won't be willing to distribute the key. (Which is somewhat silly, since the key is actually an SHA1 hash of your credit card and name, and therefore you're really not giving anything out.)

    Just Google for "ignoblekey" and "ignobleepub" and you should find two Python scripts to handle decrypting the files.

    Finally, you'll need an application that supports reading EPUB files on your laptop. Calibre is apparently the best choice for Linux, so try "emerge calibre" and see if that works.

    Also, there's no limit to the number of devices that you can copy the epub files to. As long as you log in to the Nook software using your account, you should be able to download books to any device that supports the Nook software. Which doesn't include Linux. Or Mac OS X. But does include the iPad, making me wonder why anyone would want to get a Nook Color.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 01, 2010 @10:34AM (#34403816)

    He's talking out of his ass. There's nothing wrong with reading non-Amazon books on the Kindle. I do it exclusively - I have yet to buy anything from them. Just make sure you download the mobi files or use Calibre to convert the text.

  • by wembley fraggle (78346) on Wednesday December 01, 2010 @12:59PM (#34405636) Homepage

    It's also trivially easy with a few python scripts to strip the DRM from any kindle book you've purchased legally (think about it- the kindle has to be able to decrypt the book, and it's running on a pretty small chip). All you need to do is extract your decrypt key from the kindle, which turns out to be a function of the kindle's serial number.

    I've done this for all the books I've bought for the kindle, to save a "just in case" version. It's also worth noting that the majority of piratebay books are pretty lousy OCR scans of books, with lots of markup and text errors. All the harry dresden books, for example, decided to be in a bold fond in the version I downloaded. Makes purchasing them a LOT more worthwhile (which I ended up doing for the first few, until I decided to give up on the series, but that's another story).

    Still, I recognize that purchasing from amazon/bn/whoever is just supporting the business model of DRM, even if I strip out the DRM later. Would be nice to get somebody who didn't use platform lockin techniques, but that's probably unlikely in the near term.

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