The Dark Side of the Nook

I knew that people were unhappy with the Nook Tablet because it reserved a lot of memory for itself, but I hadn’t realized how far the rot has truly run.

One of the reasons why this unit appealed to me was that I expected it to continue the open-ness of the Nook Color, its predecessor. Sadly, this is not so. The only way to root a Nook Tablet is to wipe it back to factory settings. While on the whole, I like the tablet’s native OS, the B&N app store is pretty thin as far as some of my favorite Android apps go, and I’m displeased that I have been blocked from doing anything about that.

More serious, however, is what they’ve done to the books themselves. Side-loaded books are second-class citizens. B&N purchases are completely hidden from side-loading access. And therefore, the only backup mechanism is to re-retrieve them from the B&N servers.

When I buy a book, I expect that I’ve bought the book. An attractive feature of the Nook was that in case B&N ever bail from the business or a superior reader came along, I could decrypt and read my books anytime I wanted to on other platforms and not have them simply evaporate as some of the music services did. With the Nook tablet, this isn’t true anymore.

If I wanted a platform where other people controlled everything I did, I’d get an iPad.

Author: Tim

Evil Genius specializing in OS's, special hardware and other digital esoterica with a bent for Java.