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Old 10-22-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Is a rooted Nook for me?

Will a rooted Nook allow folder organization of books on either internal memory or sd card?

My poor Sony's kaput, and $149 for a new Nook WIFI Reader sounds pretty sweet

I've rooted Android phones, so I'm not afraid of getting my hands dirty.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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I think that the new Nooks can not be soft rooted. The following is from the nookdevs website.

As of right now, Nooks with serial #s starting with 1003 (running firmware 1.4.1) cannot be rooted, and should NOT be attempted. See New_Hardware_Revision for more details

Read more: http://nookdevs.com/Softroot#ixzz138luKgrF

But if you were to find an older Nook soft rooting works great.
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If you do root a Nook you do gain the ability to organize content by folders.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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If you do root a Nook you do gain the ability to organize content by folders.
Thanks, everyone for the replies. The good news is that the newer Nooks are now rootable:

http://nookdevs.com/Rooting_New_Hardware

So at least that's sorted out. I won't be doing anything until after the big announcement, but the Nook is looking good.
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:08 AM   #5
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If you have access to several B&N and Best Buy stores, I'd recommend checking to see if any have the 1002* serial number wifi Nooks, because they are much easier to root, and IMHO, they will probably remain easier to root after the 1.5 firmware release. At the moment, I can't recommend an unrooted Nook for anyone with a sizable side-loaded library. I don't believe B&N customer support has any inside information yet about the 1.5 firmware, but the press release reads as though B&N will not support searching and cataloging side-loaded content.
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I also rooted to get the folder options and I was amazed at the additional sorting and viewing options that I have found to be even more useful. I can now zip through 145 pages of titles in seconds and they also added search to the titles section. Hari, the author of nookLibrary is a genius, and B&N should be ashamed for disabling these features.

Make sure you get the current version as the default softrooting version has older versions of a lot of its apps. Good luck finding an older version of the nook, the new version of softrooting looks interesting, but it is beyond my abilities.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:35 PM   #7
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How does purchasing B&N books work with a rooted Nook? All I've ever done when buying a B&N book is to buy it online and then have it do a wireless download to my Nook. I am unfamiliar with the concept of side loading the B&N books another way.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:59 PM   #8
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The only difference between a stock Nook and a rooted Nook is that the rooted Nook has some programs installed on it that the stock Nook does not. If you buy books from B&N, they download automatically to your rooted Nook just as they would on the stock Nook. Side-loading just means you installed your books onto your Nook from your PC by one of several means. You can have them get installed from Adobe Digital Editions (for example, library books, or most books purchased at other ebookstores). Your Nook looks like one or two external drives on your PC, and you can copy files directly there with a file browser on your PC. You can use a ebook library program like Calibre on your PC, and it can download them to your Nook.

I think the most compelling reason for rooting the Nook is if you have lots of side-loaded content on your Nook, because the stock Nook only allows you to select these books by paging through the "My Documents" one page at a time, with books sorted by author or title. That's not so bad if you only buy books from B&N (as they so obviously want you to do), but if you have hundreds (or thousands, like me) of ebooks from elsewhere, then you are looking at clicking through potentially hundreds of pages to find the book you want. The rooted Nook has a very nice replacement library application which allows you to search all books, not just B&N books by author, by title, by keywords in the description, and by cover. There's also a file browser, an improved music player, and several other goodies.

The original Nooks, the ones which are currently running firmware version 1.4.0, are pretty easy to root. You need an external microSDHC card, and you need to copy a couple of files to your Nook and follow some simple directions. The newer Nooks, with firmware versions of 1.4.1 and above, apparently can be rooted by someone with a strong computer technical skills, but I think it's beyond most people with casual computer skills.

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Old 10-27-2010, 10:11 PM   #9
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I'm now the proud owner of a freshly rooted Nook 3g/wifi S/N: 10038, Firmware 1.4.2.

Thanks everyone, for the feedback and advice.

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:00 PM   #10
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I think the most compelling reason for rooting the Nook is if you have lots of side-loaded content on your Nook, because the stock Nook only allows you to select these books by paging through the "My Documents" one page at a time, with books sorted by author or title. That's not so bad if you only buy books from B&N (as they so obviously want you to do), but if you have hundreds (or thousands, like me) of ebooks from elsewhere, then you are looking at clicking through potentially hundreds of pages to find the book you want. The rooted Nook has a very nice replacement library application which allows you to search all books, not just B&N books by author, by title, by keywords in the description, and by cover. There's also a file browser, an improved music player, and several other goodies.
I have over 1700 sideloaded books and I apprecate your point on clicking through the pages of book listings. That being said I tried the SoftRooting procedure but once it was complete the softrooted nook wouldn't see all of my books. Out of the 1700 all it saw was 977 and that included the B&N books, so it only saw 895 of my sideloaded books. Actually in fact the B&N library function did better as it could see my 82 B&N books plus 902 of my sideloaded books.

I tried several different things to get either program to see more of the books to no avail. I ultimately had to revert to the stock 1.4.0 software to get my books back into availability. Have you had any such problems with your softrooted nook and if so how did you overcome them? I would really like to give it another go.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:21 PM   #11
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I have over 1700 sideloaded books and I apprecate your point on clicking through the pages of book listings. That being said I tried the SoftRooting procedure but once it was complete the softrooted nook wouldn't see all of my books. Out of the 1700 all it saw was 977 and that included the B&N books, so it only saw 895 of my sideloaded books. Actually in fact the B&N library function did better as it could see my 82 B&N books plus 902 of my sideloaded books.

I tried several different things to get either program to see more of the books to no avail. I ultimately had to revert to the stock 1.4.0 software to get my books back into availability. Have you had any such problems with your softrooted nook and if so how did you overcome them? I would really like to give it another go.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:21 PM   #12
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anyone know why some of the icons on the launcher are really small, for like Task Manager and Nook Market? I even tried using some of the custom icons, and they don't even change.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:15 AM   #13
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Will softrooting work on the new color Nook?

I would love to get it, but have hundreds of books to sideload from Calibre - scrolling through the Documents a page at a time is a deal killer for me.
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Almost certainly not in the form it exists now. The Nook Color is pretty much guaranteed to be a separate firmware from the e-ink Nook. With the great specs and low price I would be surprised if it didn't get rooted fairly quickly once it comes out, however.
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