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Rooted Nook Touch for a Minimalist?
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Rooted Nook Touch for a Minimalist? 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
Hi. I'm considering buying an e-book reader. The thing is, I am very much annoyed by any bloat in any operating system. What I mean is, at the moment my laptop runs Arch Linux with openbox, and when you turn it on, there is nothing visible except the wallpaper. If I am to get a reader it should be able to do almost the same. I don't know how these readers are, but I expect they will throw some book ads at me. I don't want that. I'm probably not going to buy books at all... there are plenty of free books available online.

So, the question is: Is it possible to hack Nook Touch into a condition where it will act only as a book reader? Would this be how hard exactly? I don't have any special linux abilities, most of the stuff I've done this far are accomplished by a lot of googling and copy/pasting.
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Re: Rooted Nook Touch for a Minimalist? 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 3
The nook touch really only acts as a book reader. It's not like the nook color with more of tablet functionality. I think it's the simplest most book like one out there.
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Is it possible to turn off the ads? I saw the nook home screen somewhere and it seemed to have the bottom half of the page dedicated to the bookstore. For my purposes this is bloat, and given the chance I'll get rid of it. Do you think it is possible to modify the UI in such a way?
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Re:Rooted Nook Touch for a Minimalist? 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 1
Ads? Unless you go onto the shop there are no "ads" and they are just book suggestions based on what you've purchased.

The nook has a certain amount of memory dedicated to the base OS/Features and getting rid of something you don't have to look at it won't give you more room - it's not quite like your PC.
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Re:Rooted Nook Touch for a Minimalist? 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
John Royle wrote:
Ads? Unless you go onto the shop there are no "ads" and they are just book suggestions based on what you've purchased.

I consider that an ad. It is telling me that I might want to buy something.

EDIT: Wait a minute. You mean the suggestions don't appear there at all if I don't use the shop?

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The nook has a certain amount of memory dedicated to the base OS/Features and getting rid of something you don't have to look at it won't give you more room - it's not quite like your PC.

Oh, I didn't really mean that I want any system resources freed up. I am talking about user interface things here. For me it is enough if I don't have to see the ad. I don't care if the machine goes into the bookstore and checks out what suggestions it would have for me.

Or did you mean that if I take off the suggestion section, I won't be able to use that monitor space for other things? I was hoping to have a list of the pdfs I have on the nook expanded on the whole home screen.

You know, when I occasionally have to use windows, and the machine turns on, and the pop ups start coming... Plop, have an update, plop, your virus protection needs this and that, plop, plop, plop... People just put up with this. I consider my equipment my space in much the same way as my home. I don't want someone to stand in the corner and tell me that they think I should read a book. And if I choose to not have a firewall, I don't want someone to tell me all the time that I really, really should have one. I want to have a choice in these matters.
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Re:Rooted Nook Touch for a Minimalist? 5 Years, 8 Months ago Karma: 0
I don't like the "ad" at the bottom half of the home screen either. However, I don't think that you ever have to see the home screen if you don't want to. Just don't select "Home," ever. Unlocking your Nook brings you to the last place you were. You'll only see if after rebooting, which I never do unless I ran out of power (hasn't happened), or do a software update. I just stay in library or in my current book.
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