Originally Posted by LoganK
There is no very good reason for standard applications(*). It is mostly a decision made by B&N.
(*) Applications that run all the time like widgets, live wallpapers, and replacement keyboards are special. As far as I know, the B&N App store does not include any of these.
This shortcoming has been addressed in version 1.4.
You are mistaken, this is not a decision by B&N, but standard Android practice. Android OS has a partition call data where the applications, and their associated data, is stored. What B&N has the choice to do, like any other manufacturer, is adjust the size of this and other partitions as they see fit, but the storage location is dictated by Android itself. And the partition is not "hidden" anymore than the same partition is "hidden" on a mobile phone or tablet running Android; when you connect the phone or tablet to your PC only the SD card and the media partition on the device (if present) are mounted, but you can see these "hidden" partitions if you use a file explorer on your device. So, they are not "hidden", they are simply not mounted when the device is connected to a PC.