Originally Posted by =X=
Yes it's done by doing what's called "rooting" your device. This is essentially removing the security locks placed by b&n on the nook.
Once the device is rooted you will be able to install any app you wish.
The process doesn't take long and i quite easy, some folks worry that the act voids the warranty
I wouldn't be surprised if the upcoming software upgrade addresses many of the issues solved by rooting. I think I'll wait a bit before replacing the operating system of a brand new device.