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Rooting Your NOOK Simple Touch

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Out of the box, the NOOK Simple Touch is a straightforward ebook reader, but you can extend its functionality by rooting it and unlocking the Android Market. Patrick Kanouse tells you how to install games, productivity, and thousands more apps that extend the features of your NOOK Simple Touch but also work with the E Ink touch interface.
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B&N used Google's Android operating system in your NOOK Simple Touch. Choosing Android makes business sense because it's an open-source operating system, and B&N didn't pay a small fortune to use it. However, the most exciting thing about Android for you is that it lets you easily root the NOOK Simple Touch and add new and exciting features.

The idea of rooting your NOOK Simple Touch may seem daunting or way too technical. However, I can assure you that rooting the NOOK Simple Touch to get basic Android Market apps installed is super easy[md]requiring only a bit of prep work and a few steps. This minimal effort (which can be done inside a half-hour) is well worth the benefits, for you can turn your NOOK Simple Touch into more than just an eInk reader (albeit without a microphone or camera), with access to the Android market, among other benefits.

An Introduction to Rooting Your NOOK Simple Touch

B&N locked down Android on your NOOK Simple Touch to prevent you from accessing some of Android's capabilities. However, by following a process called rooting your NOOK Simple Touch, you can open up these capabilities to make your NOOK Simple Touch more powerful and useful.

Following are just a few of the things you can do after you root your NOOK Simple Touch:

  • Add music players and PDF readers
  • Add a browser and cruise the web
  • Add calculator and note-taking apps
  • Access the Android Market

These are just a few examples of the power unleashed by rooting your NOOK Simple Touch.

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