B&N has New Applications Coming to nook?
I found this job opening B&N has for a Java developer to write Android applications for the nook. Interesting eh?
Some fun stuff this week:
- Kobobooks Coupon Code $1 off - "feb27" - 2 days only
- Wolf Signs, free B&N book
- Free Alice in Wonderland Screensaver/Backgounds
- Free John Piper books (Christian Author)
Prices are really a bit nuts and changing rapidly. You don't have to go far in the forums or blogs to see people say the books on their wish-lists just went up! Clearly people think e-books should be cheaper than the general price of any paper book. nook users don't want to pay $12 for an e-book that's available is mass paperback for $5.99 at any bookstore. Unfortunately right at the emergence of e-readers (look at the choices!) the publishers and bookstores are having a complete shift in e-book pricing and profit sharing.
My advice is watch for the deals and buy quick. Try out your local library. Don't be afraid to buy a real book if that's the only cheap way to get a title (yeah, that idea doesn't sit well with my nook either!)
Eventually this will all shake out. After publishers figure out the Pad isn't going to let them gouge consumers they may be ready to use some common sense pricing and profit sharing.
e-Sales UP at B&N?
"nook(TM) began shipping only in the middle of the third quarter, and, as evident in our sales, we are thrilled with how customers have embraced our product and our digital eBook platform," said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. "In addition to the accelerating online sales trends, nook(TM) sales have been strong at our bookstores since the product became available earlier this month."
They didn't call out the e-book and e-reader portion of online sales in the article, that would be interesting!
After a painful phone call, I think I have some useful information to share with you on the nook discoloration issue.
My journey with support began by emailing the "nook" e-mail support box. After one week I got an email back saying it was a "wear and tear" problem from my handling of the device and not covered. I emailed back saying that answer wasn't acceptable for a device less than several weeks old and that the problem wasn't just mine. Another week later I got a response saying that I should call B&N regarding my issue.
The person I contacted seemed aware of the issue, but challenged me that it was probably just something about my environment. I asked him to google "nook" and "discoloration" and tell me if he still thought that. He then asked me if I thought "the color changes impacted my use of the device". I didn't care for this line of reasoning, I said yes - because when I take it out of my case it makes me mad! I should have asked him if he bought a new black car and it started turning shades of pink how that would affect his driving. Next, we got to talk about how wear and tear and not covered by the B&N agreement. He actually had me go and read it with him on the website (the extended protection plan version though)! I asked him how a device could have "wear and tear" after a few weeks of use if it wasn't defective. He put me on hold. "Sir, I have an option for you!". The great news is he would let me return my nook to them for examination, but he promised me it was highly unlikely they would do anything other than ship it back. My response was, "Can I speak with your manager please?".
The call center manager on duty, Chris, came on the line. We talked about the issue and he told me that even if I sent it back they would just return it (different story than I had just heard). He told me again about "wear and tear" and I got hear his "sob story" about his MacBook that Apple never took care of regarding a similar issue. He said unless B&N decides it has a defect he can't do anything. Now we are getting somewhere. I asked if B&N was aware of the issue, or if they are just dismissing everyone that tells them of the issue. According to Chris, it has been escalated to the product team already and the topic has been discussed several times on the calls he has been on. He said B&N is investigating the issue and he promised me users would either get an email (if a defect is determined) or a notification on the blog/support site of their decision. I advised Chris that the message he shared with me was a far better one to share with customers than the "it's your problem, wear & tear, not covered" message. He agreed, and said he would discuss it with his call center support folks and the other call center managers.
So, my advice is if you have this problem, call in AND email them. He said every interaction get logged with the serial number and issue. The more response B&N has from customers on this issue the more likely they will take care these defective cases. Meanwhile I'm waiting for B&N to decide the right thing. It would be nice to just send us a replacement from their new color case back selection!
For those of you that have this problem you should be aware the TOS on the nook says if B&N decides something is a defect you can get a replacement OR a refund. Just something to keep in mind.
NOOKColor NOTE: There is now a reasonable mechanism to root your NOOKColor.
Read our article on Easy NOOKColor Rooting.
The remainder of this article covers rooting the nook Wi-Fi and nook 3G devices.
WARNING - READ THIS FIRST: Barnes and Noble has introduced a new hardware revision which bricks your unit if you install their official 1.0.0 Firmware (A step needed to root). As of right now, Nooks with serial #s starting with 1003 (running firmware 1.5) cannot be rooted, and should NOT be attempted. See nookdevs New_Hardware_Revision for more details before you think of trying this!
What's this "rooting" the nook all about? Rooting is the process by which you can take back control of your nook and get complete system rights as the super user. "root" is the name of the super user in the Unix/Linux-based operating systems (like the Google Android OS on the nook). By taking control of the nook you can install new programs like a web browser and a feed reader!
The folks at nookdevs.com have come a long way with "rooting the nook" and it's now about as clean of a process as jailbraking an iPhone. Originally the process required taking your nook apart and some pretty geeky moves. Now, you can take complete control of your nook simply by doing a software update (well, two of them). If you side-loaded any of the firmware updates for your nook, you already know how to do part of this. With the latest nookdevs firmware they've even pre-installed some useful applications for you.
So my question to B&N is, "Are you ready to support the nook as a platform for more than reading eBooks?" Based on interviews B&N has given I think the answer to this question is 'yes'. The rooted version of the nook software keeps the pressure on B&N to open up the platform and shows it is able to run applications quite well.
Should I root my nook?
The main reason you want to do this is to be able to run other applications. Here are some of the options.
- Trok. This application lets you not only browse news feeds but connects to many free book repositories for online browsing. You can request the books and they are downloaded right into your nook for reading. This is a must-have app and is one reason to consider rooting your nook.
- Web Browser. This isn't a very compelling story yet. While it works it seems the greyscale rendering of web pages often produces pages that don't quite "fit" and the contrast isn't great for easy viewing. Personally, I'd prefer my iPhone over what I've seen.
- My Books. This is like "My Library" but puts your B&N and your Documents in one list - what a novel idea eh? It supports the cover flow for all your books but looks buggy to me. It allows you to sort by date of file, author, and title. Unfortunately, it doesn't sort by last read - which the B&N application does only for B&N books. This application would be another great reason to root your nook, but needs some additional work in my opinion.
- Pandora. I guess using your nook as a streaming audio application sounds appealing. It's the only application I've seen that's a bit harder to install. Your nook battery would probably last four hours. I'd just use my computer or iPhone.
- New Launcher. The new launcher application has the old icons, which is good news to some people. It is configurable so you can put just the items you want on your nook menu screen. It looks very well done and is a nice feature B&N should consider.
Free 3G and Books Right?
As the nookdevs site states, if you think you'll get free 3G data for life by purchasing a $259 device your delusional! While rooting the nook could provide a path to do some illegal things like stealing bandwidth and stealing books - you won't get that ability by rooting your nook. Hats off to the nookdevs group for taking the high-road and not making B&N take action on their tools!
You'll have to restore your data and re-register your nook. It seems this process will certainly cause you to lose your bookmarks, notes, etc.
Many nooktalk users have rooted their nooks and seem quite happy with it. Here's the high-level view of how it works:
- Backup Everything on your nook
- Install the 1.0 Firmware Software (Original nook Software)
- Install the 1.2 Update (the nookdevs version)
- Reboot, Re-register, Enjoy
It's just about that simple. The nookdevs Instruction Page is the only resource you need. You can search youtube for nook related videos to see it in action!
We've got a forum board dedicated to interesting nook uses - http://nooktalk.net/forum/hacking-the-nook
- nookTalk's 1.2 Battery Test
- Using the nook with Kobobooks.com
- The nook 1.2 Software/Firmware Update Details
- Oberon Nook Cover Review
- Loading books with Adobe Digital Editions on your nook or nookColor
- DecalGirl nook Skin Kit Review
- iPad or nook? The Big Question!
- New to the nook?
- The nook is Fat?
- The JAVOedge nook Case/Sleeve Review
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- Find Answers in our FAQ
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