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Old 07-27-2020, 03:01 PM   #16
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Why are you buying a Reader when you are afraid to properly register it? This is not a privacy issue (IMHO). It's being afraid of something that you don't need to be afraid of.
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Why are you buying a Reader when you are afraid to properly register it? This is not a privacy issue (IMHO). It's being afraid of something that you don't need to be afraid of.
Enough, Jon. Your continued criticism of those who do not choose to register their devices has rapidly gotten rather annoying.

Their device, their choice.
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Old 07-31-2020, 06:32 AM   #18
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For anyone curious, I was able to get this to work, for my particular definition of "work" -- i.e., I can sideload ebooks over USB and read them on my Glowlight Plus, without having had to register at Barnes and Noble. I of course can't purchase or download books from B&N (that was kind of the point of the exercise), but if in the future I change my mind (and move to the US so that B&N will actually let me create an account...), I can still do so. The process was completely reversible and non-destructive.

The basic idea is that the GLP is just an Android table with an e-ink screen. All of the B&N book stuff is a single app, and the device is configured to launch that app at boot-time, rather than give you the normal Android interface. So to use the device as you please, you just have to configure it to give you the normal Android interface, and then install an e-reader app of your choice (I chose KOReader). You can then side-load books and read them with KOReader (or whatever); and if you want to login to B&N and use the "normal" Nook interface, you just click on the Nook app and off you go. You can also use Calibre to load book over wifi if you want. (I leave wifi permanently disabled, and stick with USB.)

This thread, linked earlier, got me started with adb access:
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...19#post3617019

From there, I used this thread from the XDA Developers Forum to get root access to the GLP:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/noo...ght-3-t3802331

Note that the above does not make any permanent changes to the GLP; it just lets you run commands and install and configure software with full root access. From there, I disabled the Nook startup app and installed the normal Android launcher and KOReader. To reverse the process, I would just deinstall the new packages and re-enable the Nook startup routine.

The only part that I haven't gotten working well is the warm-lighting. I haven't yet figure out how to set the warm-light level from the Android UI or KOReader. I can set it while the GLP is plugged in to my computer, by using adb shell commands. I will probably write a standalone app to manage this, or maybe write a patch to KOReader. But for the time being, I've set the warmth level to a value that I like, and I can change it whenever I want, I just have to plug it in to USB for a moment.

If anyone wants any specific technical details, I'd be happy to help.

Thanks.
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For anyone curious, I was able to get this to work, for my particular definition of "work" -- i.e., I can sideload ebooks over USB and read them on my Glowlight Plus, without having had to register at Barnes and Noble. I of course can't purchase or download books from B&N (that was kind of the point of the exercise), but if in the future I change my mind (and move to the US so that B&N will actually let me create an account...), I can still do so. The process was completely reversible and non-destructive.

The basic idea is that the GLP is just an Android table with an e-ink screen. All of the B&N book stuff is a single app, and the device is configured to launch that app at boot-time, rather than give you the normal Android interface. So to use the device as you please, you just have to configure it to give you the normal Android interface, and then install an e-reader app of your choice (I chose KOReader). You can then side-load books and read them with KOReader (or whatever); and if you want to login to B&N and use the "normal" Nook interface, you just click on the Nook app and off you go. You can also use Calibre to load book over wifi if you want. (I leave wifi permanently disabled, and stick with USB.)

This thread, linked earlier, got me started with adb access:
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...19#post3617019

From there, I used this thread from the XDA Developers Forum to get root access to the GLP:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/noo...ght-3-t3802331

Note that the above does not make any permanent changes to the GLP; it just lets you run commands and install and configure software with full root access. From there, I disabled the Nook startup app and installed the normal Android launcher and KOReader. To reverse the process, I would just deinstall the new packages and re-enable the Nook startup routine.

The only part that I haven't gotten working well is the warm-lighting. I haven't yet figure out how to set the warm-light level from the Android UI or KOReader. I can set it while the GLP is plugged in to my computer, by using adb shell commands. I will probably write a standalone app to manage this, or maybe write a patch to KOReader. But for the time being, I've set the warmth level to a value that I like, and I can change it whenever I want, I just have to plug it in to USB for a moment.

If anyone wants any specific technical details, I'd be happy to help.

Thanks.
I've never rooted my Nook or done anything besides use the basic software and sideload books.

Nook software gets smacked around a lot, but I think it would be fine if Calibre could access the database so series and collections could be handled by Calibre.

Is there any simple way to do that?
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Nook software gets smacked around a lot, but I think it would be fine if Calibre could access the database so series and collections could be handled by Calibre.

Is there any simple way to do that?
Simple answer: No. The Nook's firmware does not allow user access to the database.
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Simple answer: No. The Nook's firmware does not allow user access to the database.
That's too bad.
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