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Old 03-10-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Biting the bullet: Rooting the nook

So here's my query: there isn't much I don't like about my nook simple touch. I could do without the B&N marketing on the Home screen but really it is fine the way it is.

But what I really want is to connect to my home server via wifi and download from my calibre library. I'm guessing rooting it is the only way to do that and I don't know if even that will work. Supposing it did though, what would I lose in terms of existing functionality/readability by not using the native B&N firmware? I couldn't care less about being able to connect to the B&N server. But most other things I want to keep.

Would the fonts work the same? The resizing? the search features? The dictionary? Note taking?

Inquiring minds...yada.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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I want to bump this question. I just went to the trouble of rooting my NST and really didn't like it. The wireless seemed to be constantly on and the whole thing seemed slow. I tried an alternative reader - coolreader - which is quite nice on my tablet but seemed totally clunky on my NST. So clunky, in fact, that I've already restored the original software (thank goodness I backed up)!

All I really want to do is hook up wirelessly with my Calibre library as I did through Trook on my Nook classic. I don't want to browse, read e-mail, watch videos, or play games. All I want to do is read - which it already does quite well - and access Calibre. Isn't there a simple way to do this?
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Can't say for sure about the ST, but it isn't possible to do this with the NC. Calibre works great via USB, but not wifi.
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Can't say for sure about the ST, but it isn't possible to do this with the NC. Calibre works great via USB, but not wifi.
Same with the ST.
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I want to bump this question. I just went to the trouble of rooting my NST and really didn't like it. The wireless seemed to be constantly on and the whole thing seemed slow. I tried an alternative reader - coolreader - which is quite nice on my tablet but seemed totally clunky on my NST. So clunky, in fact, that I've already restored the original software (thank goodness I backed up)!

All I really want to do is hook up wirelessly with my Calibre library as I did through Trook on my Nook classic. I don't want to browse, read e-mail, watch videos, or play games. All I want to do is read - which it already does quite well - and access Calibre. Isn't there a simple way to do this?
What about using Calibre as a web server and then accessing your books using a browser on a rooted NST?
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What about using Calibre as a web server and then accessing your books using a browser on a rooted NST?
That's what I tried when rooted. It worked, but then I have all the overhead of being rooted which seems to keep my wifi on constantly, thereby running down the battery faster than otherwise. If there were a way to be rooted with only a browser which downloads to the myfiles directory and doesn't peg my wifi, then I'd do it. As it is, the browser downloads to the download directory which the nook library software doesn't see so I have to add a file manager to move things around which kind of defeats the purpose.
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