Hacking the Nook is a pretty simple process involving common tools: a screwdriver, a microSD card reader, your fingernails, and a computer running Linux. The process is documented on the Nookdevs
wiki (if that page doesn’t work, try the
Google cache), and requires changing a boot file for the OS installed on an internal microSD card, then using the
Android development kit supplied by Google to tweak a few more settings.
Looking at a
list of files on the Nook shows that the best is yet to come with this e-book reader: it shipped with multimedia messaging service (MMS) support, as well as support for a speech recognition engine. Combine this with a color touchscreen, free wireless over 3G from AT&T plus Wi-Fi, a long-lasting battery, and an Android operating system and you can bet we’ll soon be seeing some rather killer applications on this device.