Craft: Writing

Nook to Android

Things have been crazy busy with a new baby. The only time I’ve found to write is when he’s sleeping. My laptop and Alphasmart keyboard are too cumbersome. Even my husband’s Ipad is just too big. So I’ve made due with the Nook Color–and it’s fine, but all you can do is hunt and peck and it makes for excruciatingly slow writing.

As an E-reader, the Nook Color works great, but it has limitations. I have an Amazon account with a few Kindle books and I can’t read them on my Nook. The Nook app store is terribly lacking. Much more so when compared to the Google Play store or Apple store. After doing some research, I discovered I could turn my Nook Color into an Android tablet running on Android Gingerbread.

I thought about rooting the Nook myself. I’m computer-savy, but I didn’t have the time. Nook to Android will do the rooting for you (for some cash), and you don’t have to worry about voiding your warranty or ‘bricking’ your Nook. Once I received the SD card, the installation was fairly simple. I slipped the card into the SD slot. Followed the directions provided, and in less than five minutes, I was downloading apps from Google Play and accessing my writing via Dropbox. I also purchased a keyboard and a USB connector I purchased from Radioshack (Just a word of caution here. Don’t order the SD card off of the developer’s website. They haven’t developed a kernel for Android 4.1 (Jellybean) yet so your keyboard won’t work). To link my Nook to my keyboard, I then downloaded the free app: Nook Tweaks or USB Host Controler (To get the keyboard and Nook to work together try visiting this site).

So far, I’m impressed. And I don’t have to lug around my heavy laptop anymore.

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