Originally Posted by spec
One other thing that comes to mind, is that if you paid for the lost nook with cc, perhaps the card has free insurance for this sort of accidents? I know mastercard offers free expansion of warranty for electronics paid for with it by 1 year. Perhaps they have a benefit that can help you?
Most major credit cards (usually gold and higher) double the warranty up to one additional year.
They also provide free theft and damage protection during the first 90 days; but usually limited to $500 per claim.