Hack Your Nook Simple Touch Into a Super E-Reader in Three Easy Steps

Kannon Yamada 08-10-2013

Modifying the Nook Simple Touch allows it to play games, browse, read RSS and more. However, even rooted, E Ink technology The Best Four E-Paper Displays Coming To Your Smartphone and Tablet Looking for months of reading time from your smartphone or tablet? E-paper display technology may soon satisfy your needs. Read More causes jarring page turns and pretty awful performance. Fortunately, a hack can turn a rooted Nook into a full-fledged, game-playing tablet. The modification enables multi-touch, full-motion display, Android 2.1 Éclair and more.


You may have read about other methods for modifying the Nook. Unfortunately, most of the articles available don’t cover the latest methods developed at XDA, which includes better pinch-to-zoom, improved faster refresh (known as FastMode2), overclocking the Nook, on-the-go functionality and more. But enough lecture, here’s video of the Nook playing Wipeout:

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Requirements for Rooting

Many have seen Alan Henry’s excellent article on rooting the Nook Simple Touch. The method outlined in his article, unfortunately, fast fell behind the times. In particular, his method fails on the latest firmware version of the Nook (1.2.1). Fortunately the mad geniuses at XDA developed workarounds, in addition to developing new ways of bumping up the Nook’s potency as an e-reader.

This modification requires the following:


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  • NookManager bootable image — download;
  • ClockWorkMod bootable image, available as either a 128MB or 2GB+ sized file, once imaged onto your microSD card;
  • FastMode2 APK via XDA user osowiecki – this version of the NoRefresh/FastMode app works on firmware version 1.2 and above. Just install after you’ve finished modding the Nook;

In a nutshell, you will use microSD cards in a similar way as you would an installation disk on a PC. This necessitates installing a bootable image on each microSD card and inserting this into the Nook. Fortunately, because these cards can be rewritten, you only need one microSD card to perform the modification. When you’ve finished one step, you can reformat the card with next bootable image.

Getting Started

Step One: Burn ClockWorkMod Image File Onto microSD Card

Attach your microSD card to your computer and start up WinDiskImage32. Locate the “2gb_clockwork-rc2.img” file, which is located inside of the same-named, zipped archive that you downloaded. Extract this file if you have not already done so. Next, use WinDiskImage32 to burn the extracted image to your microSD card.



Then find the “” file (or whichever kernel file you downloaded) and copy this onto the root directory of the microSD card. After this finishes, eject the microSD card.

Step Two: Install Kernel on Your Nook

Turn off your Nook and insert the microSD card that you burned an image to, in Step One. Once the card is inserted, boot the Nook up.

This particular software is known as ClockWorkMod Recovery, which allows you to install kernels and other software requiring root access. While in the recovery, use the right-side buttons to navigate up or down and the left-buttons to move backward. The Home button selects whatever option you’re on.



Optionally, you can choose to make a backup of your system at this point, although you won’t be doing anything that will irreversibly change your device.

From within ClockWorkMod Recovery, enter “Apply update from .zip file” and then select the “choose zip from sdcard” option. From there, select “” and install it. Then select “Reboot” and remove the microSD card. Turn the Nook off at this point.

zip from sdcard in cwm

Step Three: NookManager

NookManager is another bootable image that will automatically root and install special software on your device. Just like in Step One, you will use WinDiskImage32 on the PC to burn an image of NookManager to microSD card. Then you will insert this into the powered-off Nook and then turn it on.


This will boot you into NookManager, which installs the essential software.

You will then choose “Root My Nook” from the options and NookManager will install the requisite files. This includes a custom launcher known as ReLaunch, as well as Amazon Market and more. After installing, eject the SD card.

Step Four: Start the Nook Up

Finally, start the Nook up and continue with Barnes and Noble’s registration process. After completing this process, you should then be able to use the tablet as if it were an Android device. At this point, you may want to install the FastMode2.apk file.

If you already performed the registration process before installing the mod, this method should still work. Although, it’s important to note that I haven’t tested this.

Other Installation Options

There’s a huge number of software packages available for a rooted Nook Simple Touch:

  • Gapps: It’s possible to install the entire Google Apps software package, including the Play Store, Calendar, Gmail, YouTube and more. Unfortunately, the process requires a great deal of time and effort. While, the payoff is worth it, I prefer installing alternatives to Google Software, such as the Amazon Market (which comes preinstalled).
  • USB-host mode: If you install the 176 numbered version of Guevor’s kernel, the Nook can also attach a USB flash drive, keyboard and other peripheral devices. While using a keyboard was quite handy, the interface isn’t particularly easy to setup and in general causes more problems than it’s worth.

My Favorite Nook Apps

There’s a lot of great apps out there that work with the Nook. Unfortunately, you may end up needing to sideload them, if you choose to not install Google’s Gapps software suite.

If Something Goes Wrong

If anything goes wrong, you can factory reset the device by powering on the device and then immediately holding left page-down + right page-down until the factory reset screen comes up. Nothing in this guide should cause any irreparable harm to your device.

However, everyone with a Nook should have made a backup. Even though the method outlined in this article doesn’t interfere with the restore feature, you should be prepared for any possible misstep. Making a backup doesn’t take much effort, either. The NookManager bootable image has a simple, one-touch method of generating a backup of your Nook’s operating system. If something unanticipated occurs, you’ll be prepared.

If you get stuck along the way, here’s a YouTube video covering factory resetting the Nook:


The rooted Nook absolutely kills its competition as a PDF reader. It remains the best E Ink device on markets, more than a year after it released, by a wide margin. Considering its month of battery life, rugged design and daylight readability, it’s insane that no other manufacturer allows the rooting of their E Ink devices for use as a travel guide or offline Wikipedia device.

Anyone else love their Nook Simple Touch? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Colin Brown
    August 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    i think this has just bricked my nook !! wont power back on at all ...everything seemed to be going so well too !! no biggy as im using it in the uk and wont allow me to register now so i think was deemed useless anyway . Was really looking to still use it if i could get past the registration stage .

    • Kannon Yamada
      August 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Hey Colin, one, I'm really sorry about this method no longer working. There are better methods now available anyway over at XDA:

      Two, it really sucks that B&N abandoned UK. In your region, I think Pocketbook is probably the best supplier of eBook devices. They have some new devices coming out soon.

  2. Siri F
    June 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I only got past step one. When I insert the microSD-card, my Nook says, "this memory card is unrecognized and needs to be formatted". Does anyone know how to get past this problem?

    • Kannon Yamada
      July 1, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      It sounds like the card isn't properly formated. Have you tried inserting it into a PC and formating it as FAT32? You can do this with a right-click and selecting format from the context menu.

      • SiriF
        July 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        I've just checked. The card is formatted as FAT 32, when it's inserted in a PC, but when I take the card out of the external SD-card reader and immediately afterwards insert the card in a PC again the PC can't read the format. I'll try with another external SD-card reader
        But thanks anyway :)

        • Kannon Yamada
          July 12, 2016 at 12:08 am

          I have no idea what's happening. Perhaps the method I've used is somehow causing this issue.

          Development work on the Nook Simple Touch continues over at XDA though. I recommend using their method. Here's a link to the Nook Simple Touch custom ROM that I currently have installed on my NST:

  3. Mango
    May 24, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I can't seem to figure out how to get apps. I've searched through the endless comments and I can't seem to find the answer. The Amazon Appstore isn't working for me.

    • Kannon Yamada
      July 12, 2016 at 12:09 am

      They've pretty much ceased support of all apps that use Android 2.1. Android 2.1 is ridiculously old and nothing supports it anyone. You have to find older versions of apps that support it.

  4. J.A.
    December 21, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    If I have a Mac rather than a PC do I still use WinDiskImage32 to burn the files onto the SD or is there another way to do it?

  5. Anonymous
    September 13, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Could anyone, with the technical skills, to translate XDA developers tread () () into something understandable for dummies...?

  6. Anonymous
    September 7, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Thansk a lot, the rooting was sucessfull!
    But it's a little confusing how to install apps on the nook by sideload. Do you use Amazon Appstore? The network isn't working pretty well, and it's confusing how to use Gapps.

  7. Anonymous
    August 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I have rooted my Nook and installed the software. However, the Amazon Appstore does not work. It asks me for email address and password and then it seems like it is trying to connect but does not get anywhere, and it shows what looks like part of the appstore but nothing loads up. Is there an apk I can sideload onto the Nook? I already found one online but the Nook refused to parse it.

  8. Anonymous
    July 29, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Hi you often mention this:
    But the instructions there are fairly complicated (many technical terms like "flash" etc). Is there a more simple / step by step instruction with the same (or similar) outcome?

  9. Anonymous
    July 25, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I got up to and past step 2 and rebooted but my nook loaded the N and top hat icon and wont boot further. Cannot power off either so unsure how to unbrick my nook. Any idea?

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Sorted it by holding in the power button for 2-3 minutes until rebooted to nook manager but now i am getting battery charge is 26% please charge to 40% then restart snoogle.

      • Anonymous
        July 25, 2015 at 10:06 am

        ok all installed but final problem i cannot setup my device it fails and keeps asking me to restart of call support.

        • Kannon Yamada
          July 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm

          You may need to perform a factory reset and then reattempt the process. However, there are now better methods than the one outlined here for modifying your Nook:

        • Anonymous
          July 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

          Yep already went on XDA and got it up and running, thanks anyway.

  10. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Hello kanon, i want to ask you what are cons of doing the root, in youtube i watch a video where it says that once you rooted the buttons wont work, is that true? is there are anything else?

  11. Anonymous
    June 16, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I did all the steps. it boots up with relaunch as well.
    But the Amazon appstore installed never logs me in saying invalid username/password (although I can login to on my PC with same credentials).

    There is no Google play installed.

    Further, how to install .apk to it. I don't want to to use either kindle or nook bookstore. I'm more interested to use android ebook apps from India (like flipkart and newshunt ). I have apk files also, but don't know how to install.

    Please help.

  12. Stephen
    May 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Will this work on a nook simple touch glowlight?

    • Kannon Y
      May 17, 2015 at 2:15 am

      Some people claim it works, but I wouldn't try it. It's too dangerous a modification for this sort of thing.

  13. Won
    April 30, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Is it possible to keep screen on displaying static content like to-do list?
    I'm thinking to use it as a "Dashboard" listing things to remember and calendar events all the time attaching on my refrigerator. Just freezing the screen and CPU refreshing every 10 mins could be perfect.

    • Kannon Y
      May 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      That's a really brilliant use. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any task management widgets that are compatible with the Nook. And any app that forces the Nook's processor to stay awake all the time would destroy battery life.

  14. Tai
    April 15, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Can't get clockworkmod to work after i burn the image, add the kernel, and turn on nook with the SD card in it. The nook just turns on like usual.

    • Kannon Y
      May 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Did you format the SD card as FAT32? It won't be readable unless you use a file format compatible with the Nook.

  15. Ed
    March 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Small detail, in step 2 it's not "Apply update from .zip file" but "Install zip from sdcard"
    Otherwise ta for the effort!

  16. Dmitriy Park
    March 2, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Kannon, thank you for reply.

  17. Dmitriy Park
    March 2, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Hello Kannon!
    Thank you very much for your article, it worked out fine for my NST.

    But I have a question regarding an email client app for my Gmail account.
    As per your recommendation, I did not installed Gapps; instead I have sideloaded the old version of K-9 Mail (v. 3.206) for Android Eclair.
    It works well, but the font size of emails for reading is very small, and pitch-to-zoom feature doesn't help, though it works well in a web browser.

    Since you are also using K-9 on your NST, I wonder if you have discovered any method of increasing fond size of emails during reading?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Kannon Y
      March 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      I've since switched over to using the Nook almost exclusively as an offline reader. It was fun using it for emails, but I just preferred doing everything entirely from the desktop.

      I believe there's an option to change font size for K-9, but I can't remember whether or not that version made its way onto 2.1.

  18. eibenson
    February 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hi Kannon,

    I noticed my nook ram was alway low (below 70mb) so I used the nook manager to disable B&N apps. This raised my available ram to about 140mb. As am unable to use the Gapps that came with rooting (market, calender, gmail, talk) is it safe to disable or delete them? if so how can this be achieved. Also my browsers are unstable(Browser and NBPro) any advice on how to overcome this?


    • Kannon Y
      February 3, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      I no longer advise installing Google Play because it slows the device down. You can delete many of those apps -- there's a list somewhere on XDA which shows all apps that can be removed:

      There's also a list -- and download links -- for apps that still work on Android 2.1:

      You can delete several of the apps manually using the baked-in file-manager (which I think is ES File Explorer). You would use the file-manager to go to the System directory. The system apps are displayed here. But be very careful. When in doubt, Google for whether or not you can delete that APK file on a NST.

      Unfortunately, there are a few apps that you cannot delete. If these are deleted, it will brick the Nook. The ones you've listed are deletable, although I do not advise removing Google Talk. You can delete it, but it is sometimes used by other apps.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  19. eibenson
    February 2, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Thanks A Million.

    I purchased nook simple torch version 1.1 and was greated with a ton of frustrations: I could not purchase ebooks i wanted from nook store as they were not available for Nigeria and the device pdf reader was (putting it mildly) crappy. I tried three rooting options but could not get amazon or google appstores working. My frustration changed when I tried your procedure and sourced apk readers which i successfully sideloaded. NOW I HAVE THE PERFECT ebook reader with more options than I need.

    Am truely grateful to you.

  20. hognoodle
    January 11, 2015 at 3:12 am

    I've tried this twicw now but I'm just getting a black "touch the android to begin" screen but when I touch it, nothing happens, it's just stuck there. Maybe I need to touch it with a hammer? Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be a common problem, can't imagine where I went wrong. Thanks.

    • Kannon Y
      January 11, 2015 at 3:52 am

      Try factory resetting the Nook and reattempting the installation procedure. However, I should mention that better methods have been developed since I published this article. There's now two custom ROMs and better support for enabling Google Play. However, GP is a bit slow.

  21. rosechaaan
    January 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    is it possible to use the rooted nook without the microsd card? I have one that i can use, but i don't want to have to move the stuff already on it off for very long. (i have MUCH music on there ^u^")

    This looks like it'll work really well, though! XD I apologize in advance for possibly not seeing the answer to my question by not looking through the directions very thoroughly.

    • Kannon Y
      January 9, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      The methods used in this guide have actually become much simpler -- but you still need a microSD card for installing the custom ROM.

      The method used in this guide has become obsoleted by recent development work, which brings Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and a number of other optimizations:

      I want to write another guide, but the method is so easy, it won't require much work at all.

  22. hudson
    December 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    anyone with a comment please i need help on the subject above

  23. hudson
    December 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    hey i rooted my nook simple touch before using only nookmaneger and i came across your article afterward and thought that it seemed to produce a more finished machine so i restored my nook to its factory settings and tried to install 128mb clockwork mod and the kernal but instead of going to the menu that you show it just says the micro sd card needs to be formatted what am i doing wrong

    • Kannon Y
      January 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Try this method instead of the one I've written. 2.3 is now available on the Nook:

    • Kannon Y
      January 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Actually, I should have written that the devs INTEND on bringing 2.3 to the Nook. But the ROM itself is good (although it's missing pinch to zoom, among other elements).

  24. Micha
    April 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Just bought a second hand Nook, just to try these hacks, seriously.

    Thank you!

  25. Transendical
    March 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Would this work with the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight?

    • Kannon Y
      March 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Some have reported that a few of these mods work on the Nook Glowlight. However, I haven't heard any hardcore verification yet. Until we get confirmation from a developer, I wouldn't try this mod. There are some minor differences in the hardware which might cause unforeseen problems.

  26. Sagar Gupta
    March 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Successfully rooted my Nook Simple Touch (1.2.1) using this lucid guide. Thank you so much. ! Installing apps now. :)

  27. skippy
    March 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Does Moon+ Reader work on rooted NST?

    • Kannon Y
      March 31, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Sorry for the late response. I've been on the road lately. Moon+ Reader is reported to work, but it may only work with older versions of the app.

  28. arqum
    February 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi thanks for the great tutorial.
    Would this work for the latest firmware on Nook ST with glowlight?

    • Kannon Y
      March 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Sorry for the late response!

      According to the developers, the current method used for the Nook Simple Touch won't work for the Nook Glowlight:

      I know that root methods exist for it, but the method I've outlined in the article doesn't appear to be compatible. But there's still a lot of discussion going on.

  29. Keith Baker
    February 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    As far as I can tell there is only one way to get to your apps to use the browser or music player or whatever and that is by the bar (pictured) that pops up on the bottom of the ReLaunch home page. But after I click on the Apps button once and go home again the bar disappears. How do I get it back again?

    • Kannon Y
      February 9, 2014 at 2:26 am

      Thanks for the screen shot!

      The back button button for ReLaunch is the door with the arrow pointing into the open door. It's located on the upper-right hand side of the screen. The very top.

  30. James
    February 6, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Hi thx for great guide.

    I have just rooted 3 nooks for the family, but the 4th one I had not registered with
    B&N before rooting now after logging onto wifi it says it can not register the device.
    How do I go back to just the unrooted stock device so I can register and repeat the procedure?

    • Kannon Y
      March 31, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I can't believe that I missed this comment. Sorry for the late reponse. You only need to factory reset the device or simply retry the rooting process. Except you will use the factory reset feature that's available in the options using the CWM bootable image. I believe factory reset is available from the default options in the Clockworkmod bootable image.

      If it's not there, check the settings under "Advanced".

  31. James
    February 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Hi thx for a great post!

    Bought 4 used nooks for family. Followed the guide and fixed up 3 of them.

    Then disaster (Face/Palm) I had not registered the 4th one before I rooted.
    Now it will not register the nook with B&N. How do I 'unroot' i guess, so that i can register then repeat the guide.

    • Kannon Y
      February 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      Hey James thanks for the comment!

      You (in theory) should be able to register the Nook after rooting. Unfortunately, enough people have reported that the process fails without registering that it appears to be a definite issue.

      Have you tried factory resetting? It will restore the device to a prerooted condition. I mention it at the bottom of the article, just above the conclusion. "In Case Something Goes Wrong".

      Just power on the device and then very, very quickly hold down both left-pagedown and right pagedown. This will boot into recovery mode. Be aware that if this isn't done perfectly, it wont' boot into recovery mode. It may take a few tried before it actually boots properly.

      Let me know if you have any issues. And congrats on rooting the first three Nooks!

  32. Steve Palincsar
    February 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I've been trying the procedure outlined here and am running into a roadblock. Although I've burned the clockwork image to a micro SD card with both dd and GdiskDump (I'm running Ubuntu 12.04LTS) and added the to the card, when I install the card in the Nook and power it up, it doesn't boot off the SD card, but rather goes into the standard Nook software. I'm running 1.2.1.

  33. Shankar
    January 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Hi Kannon,
    Thanks for this detailed article. But, no matter how many times I try, I keep getting "Read forever" screen instead of Nook manger bootup screen. I flashed the SD card (class 4 - 4GB) in linux.

    Tried other ways of rooting as well - From nookdevs, XDA, Top Hat Soaring etc. No luck. :(

    Am I missing anything? Nook Simple touch running 1.2.1

    • Kannon Y
      January 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I believe the "Read Forever" screen means the NookManager image wasn't properly copied onto the SD card. What imaging software are you using on Linux? It may not be properly creating the bootable image.

      Do you have access to a Windows machine? I would try using a Windows based imaging software to burn the NookManager image.

    • Verandert
      February 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      I used ImageWriter in Linux to successfully burn NookManager to the SD card.

  34. Josh
    January 21, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Hi Kannon,

    Thanks so much for your comprehensive thread, and for the comment clarifying the FastMode APKs (by the way, I discovered that it's actually—not NookManager—which installs the first nonfunctional FastMode version).

    I don't have a micro-USB-compatible keyboard yet, but I just wanted to ask about the USBHost function in advance; I see ReLaunch according to my 1.2.1, and I'm wondering if the Nook would just now immediately detect and work with a physical keyboard if I connect one to it as is. Is that how it works, or what must be done so that it would?


    • Josh
      January 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Hi Kannon, did you receive my message above? Thanks again.

    • Kannon Y
      January 29, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Hey Josh, sorry about that - it appears my last response got eaten.

      USB host mode, when I flashed the kernel, requires a secondary app to properly enable (to my knowledge). When the port is turned on, battery drain goes up quite a bit. It's not fully plug and play.

      It works like this: You turn the app on and in the app's settings, turn USB host mode on. Then you plug in the OTG enabled keyboard (using an OTG adapter). From there you can use the keyboard, but it's really difficult to get working right and increases battery drain, particularly if the port is kept turned on.

      For a while I was using it with a full-sized keyboard to make annotations/write emails/etc... but found it too buggy and unwieldy to use as daily-use word processor.

      Are you sure that NookManager doesn't install a dysfunctional version of FastRefresh? I'll make the correction, but NookManager by itself includes a toggle (that doesn't work) for FastRefresh. The modified kernel actually enables a variant on FastRefresh that's fully functional with the FastRefresh.apk file.

      Anyway, thanks for the comment! Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  35. bonghwan
    January 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

    superfast response. I tried it seceral times but I failed to see the white space yet. I need to go out to buy new SD class10. :-)

    • Josh
      January 21, 2014 at 12:46 am

      I'm using an 8 GB Class 4 Kingston, and I've had no trouble using it amid all the rooting and file-storing activities to which I've repeatedly subjected it over the past several months among my Nook Simple Touch, NookColor, and computer, haha. I don't think class matters, but perhaps brand might.

    • Kannon Y
      January 21, 2014 at 2:02 am

      Chances are it's either a procedural error or a software issue. Sometimes the downloaded images are corrupted. Try redownloading and trying again.

      Class 10 SD cards aren't always faster for all operations than other classes. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. Although nominally class 10 is faster for read and write operations. I'm told that the best is actually class 6, but even so, I would buy a class 10.

  36. Bonghwan
    January 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    What a great blog! I have waited to see the white screen for about 1 hour after inserting SD card for the step 1. Is there something wrong ? Do you guess the SDcard issue ? I actually have no idea about my SDcard.

    • Kannon Y
      January 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Hello Bonghwan, I would try reimaging the NookManager flashable image onto your SD card and then retry booting the Nook from it. Sometimes it won't copy correctly the first time.

  37. Donald
    January 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    So, I tried this out. My uRamDisk patch failed, but expected this from the comments.

    I started up the NOOK like usual and am pretty amazed people have gone this far to mod a NOOK. It's perfect - I can disguise it as a normal NOOK by selecting the Home application for usage and I can use ReLaunch whenever. I love this so much.

    Thank you. Seriously, I cannot thank you enough for showing me this.


    P.S. One odd thing I should note. I was never pushed into the registration process on my already-registered device. My device works fine, guess something of a miracle happened for me. :)

  38. scotjam
    January 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Oops. It's worked, I think. Found a video explaining how to get around relauncher :) Got wifi sorted and can browser the internet. Next stop get google play working...

    • anupam
      April 26, 2015 at 10:40 am

      I'm currently facing the same problem with wifi now. I worked fine for me for last 2 years.. ‘implemented only on Nook simple touch’ problem started yesterday.. Not able to Find a solution.

  39. scotjam
    January 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Sorry I should have added. Once the device reboots, I get a screen asking whether I wish to use relaunch or home (which is BN's setup). If I choose relaunch I get what looks like a file explorer application. I then tried to get wifi connected but the option to setup wifi returns with a message saying 'implemented only on Nook simple touch'. Hope this helps understand where I'm at with this. Any help appreciated. Thanks

  40. scotjam
    January 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

    It's when I'm applying the NookManager root that it returns said Failed patching uRamdisk. Everything else shows as installed. And it finished with Success!

  41. scotjam
    January 13, 2014 at 3:30 am

    What if the uRamDisk patch fails? I've got the glowlight simple touch. Is this something I need sort out somehow? Any ideas how?

    • Kannon Y
      January 13, 2014 at 3:55 am

      The RAMDisk patch always fails for me when I flash the modified kernel using CWM. I think that's a good thing, as the RAMDisk is already patched through NookManager. It works fine afterward.

  42. Donald
    January 11, 2014 at 2:45 am

    I own a Nook SimpleTouch, and I'm insane about it. Hell, I loved it as an e-reader, but now, this is going to make it even better. Despite the sluggish performance (expected) in some applications, it will definitely pay off in the end.

  43. Kannon Y
    January 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    The power button will cause additional power draw. There's some kind of bug that causes the device to continue to operate at full power while suspended by using the power button (one click). The way to solve this is to not ever sleep the device by clicking the power button. You have to let it time out.

    By not installing too many apps, I get about two weeks of read time out of mine.

  44. Arthur
    January 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Hi, I was recently offered a Nook, rooted by a friend. So far it seems awesome (And hell I still don't understand the universal glossy Lcd screen...), but either I don't own the proper apps/config, or I don't know yet how to "make use of" its full potential, so I'm asking : isn't there a good "student style" config which for instance would allow easy Gbook and web reading AND note taking (with an easy way of switching tabs or a built in extension) : 1° I sideloaded Gbook but can't use its notes or even adjust font size (can only (try to) read small letters in vertical mode) ; 2° I found no easy way to copy/paste (or save highlighted text) or even to translate while reading on plain html web : is there a browser allowing cursor translator extension or a way to save some text while reading on the web to work on it later on an actual computer ?

    "Gapps: It’s possible to install the entire Google Apps software package, including the Play Store, Calendar, Gmail, YouTube and more."
    ==> Does that include a full GplayBook access or a kind of access to chrome extensions ? IS it still available (I heard a recent update ruined lots of Xda efforts...). Thanks for reading, and for this nice review.

    • Kannon Y
      January 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Hey Arthur!

      That's an interesting question. For note taking, it's a bit too slow. But the best app is the 1961 version of EZPDF Reader (it's an older version that's somewhat hard finding). It permits handwriting/highlighting input so you can annotate text. I warn you that while it works and you can struggle along using it to take notes, you're better off using a laptop for a classroom setting. The keyboard makes a tremendous difference.

      Regarding the browser, I've never used any browser plug-in tool-tip translation app with the Nook. Your situation is a first. I've never seen any information regarding translation apps, either, unfortunately.

      Market still works. It works on my other Nook and people are still reporting that it installs, although with difficulty (as it has always been with this mod). The latest version Gappsattack, is the best I've ever seen and it's still unreliable.

      Good luck!

    • Kannon Y
      January 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Oh sorry, to answer your second question, I couldn't get Gplaybooks to work. I believe it requires Android 4.0 or better. But you might have more success than I did installing it. Chrome requires Android 4 as well. And a much more sophisticated CPU.

      Basically, only the most basic Google apps work because of a combination of hardware and software limitations.

  45. Violet
    January 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Quick question: I have it to the black screen with the menu, then it froze and I can't get it to respond...... Did I brick it or is there a way to do a hard reboot? Thanks a bunch for any help. :-)

    • Kannon Y
      January 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      That's interesting. You can hard reboot by holding the power button for 5-10 seconds. Just hold it until you see changes in the screen.

      It's extremely hard to brick the Nook using the method outlined here. You can always do a factory restore by using the method outlined at the bottom of the article.

      I believe the black screen with the menu is the CWM bootable image? Do you get any on-screen options?

    • Violet
      January 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Okay, so I did some further looking through the comments on here and what I think the problem might be is the low power issue. >,< I plugged it in and it went to the nook charging screen. If that doesn't solve the problem I may have to take it apart as you suggested further up.

      Thank you for your amazingly quick response.

    • Kannon Y
      January 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      That should solve the issue. If it's registering a charge, it means it will eventually be able to power on. If it doesn't register a charge, it means B&N's glitchy software crashed out. This happens on non-rooted devices, as well, but is quite uncommon.

      Good luck!

  46. JC
    January 2, 2014 at 4:19 am

    What if I have a Mac, and no Windows? Thanks

    • Kannon Y
      January 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Good question. Does the Mac recognize the Nook when you connect it? If it does, then you should be able to perform the mod. You'll need imaging software that's native to the Mac. I'm not familiar with Mac software, but I would imagine iDMG might be able to do the trick. If not that, you will want to search for imaging writing software that can handle writing .IMG files to drives.

  47. Leon
    December 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I followed your instructions but it bricked the nook. Everything appeared to work OK until I removed the memory card, powered up the nook and went through the B&N registration process. I had previously registered the device so this may have been the problem. An error message came up saying that registration could not be completed, and the only options available were a reset or power off. Powering on just led to the same process again. Tried disabling the B&N apps via to Nook Manager but the manager got stuck at the point where the message "touch the Andoid symbol" appears. No response to touching the screen, In the end I had to use the Nook Manager to do a factory reset. Back to square one.

    • Kannon Y
      January 2, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      That's too bad. Sorry that this didn't work for you. The Nook is supposed to automatically update to the latest firmware version (1.2.1). If it hasn't there's an option in the Settings menu that lets you manually try updating it. I would check to see which firmware version you're on first, before trying this mod.

      It's also possible that the screen is glitching (a known bug in Android 2.1). You can get it to recognize your input after holding both fingers on the screen for a couple seconds.

      I had an issue registering my Nook once. I believe it was caused by my using a different email address than the one that I had already registered with B&N. I fixed it by looking up the email address (or it may have been my screenname) that was registered to B&N.

      Good luck!

  48. Alex Rodriguez
    December 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Hi! I just followed your insturctions, thanks btw. This is my first root, so I'm having trouble to find out how to sideload any app.

    I'm in Mexico, so Amazon Appstore won't work. Mostly, I would like to have my Pocket (Read it later) articles to read in the nook.


    • Kannon Y
      December 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Hey Alex, good comment!

      I'm writing a follow up to this article, but in the meantime, let's explain how this works:

      First, we need an older version of Pocket. The newest one will not work on the Nook Simple Touch. Try this one. I read about it through Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker. Download this file on a PC.

      Second, Sideloading is easy. Manually download the apps you need and then transfer them via USB to your Nook.

      Third, ReLaunch is both a launcher and a file manager. Use relaunch to find and install these files. APKs can be installed just by tapping on them.

      Hope that helps Alex! Let me know if you need anything else!

    • Alex
      December 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you very much, It worked perfectly. Now I'll be looking for Android 2.1 compatible versions so I can get as much as I can from the nook.


    • Kannon Y
      December 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Glad to know that it worked! I'm currently doing a write-up on the best apps for the NST. I'll publish that when I get my latest piece cleared with the editors. It has some problems at the moment.

  49. Andrew
    December 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    What version of FeedMe did you use? I installed the latest version but the screen goes blank when I try to login or signup

    • Kannon Y
      December 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      That sucks. My version doesn't update since it was sideloaded. It's version 1.3.3

      I did recently install gReader, which worked perfectly.

    • Andrew
      December 14, 2013 at 4:45 am

      Thanks for the quick reply! Great article btw, but I do think it has to really be noted that for most of the apps to work on a rooted NookST you have to seek out older versions first.

  50. Alejo
    December 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    And what do you use to read books as usual? (.mobi, .epub)

    What about battery performance? Does it still last weeks?

    • Kannon Y
      December 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Good question. My favorite app for PDFs is the build of EZPDF. While later versions are compatible, they have some problems functioning properly. For epub (and similar mobile formats) I prefer FBReader. Some of these apps will need to be tracked down and sideloaded, unfortunately. I'm currently writing an article that simplifies the UI and sideloading process.

      From around 100% charge to around 10 or 20%, I got somewhere around 14 days, so two weeks with WiFi turned on. I'm currently testing again without WiFi turned on. Unfortunately, it seems that WiFi turned off is not making all that big a difference at present.

      There's also some tricks to keep the battery from draining out. The screen saver button (power button) doesn't properly sleep the device. You have to let it go to sleep on its own. And some apps will keep the Nook awake if they're not closed. All the reader apps are designed to prevent sleeping, so these need to be closed/suspended when you leave it alone.

      With proper management, the device lasts about two weeks with about 1-2 hours of reading per day. However, I suggest keeping it charged between 30 and 80% for battery health purposes.

  51. Brooke
    December 10, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for your guide! I rooted my Nook, but the Amazon Appstore does not seem to be working. Whenever I try to download an app, I get a blank dialog box with an "ok" button. When I hit "ok", the app I've selected does not download. So, basically, I cannot put any apps on it. I'm not sure why, any ideas? (i've been searching for hours on this). Thanks!

    • Kannon Y
      December 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Oh no! I'm sorry for this inconvenience. We should be able to sort it out relatively quickly

      This is an unusual issue, although other apps do experience the problem of empty popups due to "libraries" missing from Android 2.1. Also, many apps are incompatible with Android 2.1 and so won't work on the Nook. I get the impression, though, that you've tried apps that are known to work. So the popup appears to be localized to the Appstore.

      The Amazon Appstore doesn't seem to work in many countries outside of the US (and perhaps Canada and a few other places) due to legal problems. If you are inside of a country that supports the Appstore, then the issue may be due to a bad cache.

      I would try some of these options:

      Try tapping on the empty box. There's supposed to be text there, but it may not be displaying properly.

      Try booting into the CWM image on microSD. Select the "wipe cache" option and restart the device (it may freeze up when you wipe the cache, I don't know why). I believe Wipe Cache is located in the main menu of CWM.

      Try uninstalling and reinstalling the Appstore.

      Try downloading and running, via sideloading, a cache wiping utility. I suggest this option last in the event that you are unfamiliar with the cache wiping process.

      Let me know if you have any questions and we'll resolve this as quickly as possible.

  52. blabla
    December 8, 2013 at 12:49 am

    i thing there is a gap in your tutorial; after doing all the steps i`ve ended up with a a Launcher......that looks to mee like a file explorer, no android interface:-? i have only a button with All aplications....battery is geting drained by the phone

    • Kannon Y
      December 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

      ReLaunch is an Android launcher, similar to alternative launchers, such as Zeam or LauncherPro. It's installed by default by NookManager.

      The app launch icon is in the bottom toolbar, in the very center.

      Believe it or not, the Nook Simple Touch included apps that it would never use, because B&N's design team couldn't be bothered to remove it. It does provide some function, but largely it just drains battery.

      The reason it looks like a file explorer is because it's intended to work with sideloaded PDFs. Just set it to open your media folder where you keep all the PDFs and ePUBs and open from there. It's a better ebook management app than B&N's official Library app.

  53. Frank
    December 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Okay thanks Kannon. I'll post the results. I kind of feel like I might have made a dumb mistake as far as burning the files on my computer's sdcard reader instead of a separate one like your instructions stated.

    • Kannon Y
      December 4, 2013 at 6:21 am

      No prob!

      I'm glad you brought that up - I've found that the built in SD card readers work better than USB card-readers. There's less complexity involved when using a built in reader. And USB drivers can be problematic at times.

      If the file is not visible, I would imagine that something else is causing the problem. Perhaps the files aren't being properly written.

      Remember that the .zip file doesn't need to be unzipped. It's usable only in its zipped form.

      Alternatively, you can try copying from another computer.

  54. Frank
    December 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Kannon!

    I'm following these steps.

    install zip from sdcard>

    choose zip from sdcard>

    at that point I do not see, “”

    instead I see

    my files/

    Should I just format my sd card and start again? You sent me a link for a different kernel. Should I use that one instead of the original?

    Thanks for your time and patience.

    • Kannon Y
      December 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      I have been told that the new kernel (zip file) is more useful than the others, particularly if you're using a class 10 microSD card.

      But more importantly, it doesn't suffer from the "pinch-to-zoom" issues that some have mentioned in the comments.

      I'm a little concerned that the .zip file isn't showing up in the root directory. If the file is visible in Windows on the microSD card, but not visible from within the CWM bootable image, I'm not sure what the issue is. The only reason that this would happen is if "update" instead of the "install" were used.

      You can reformat if you choose, but I would simply recopy the .zip file to the root directory. Or, lacking that option, copy a folder containing the .zip file onto the root directory of the microSD card. That way, you will at least see the folder and know that you have successfully copied files to your mSD card.

      Keep asking questions, by the way. I would prefer that others know about this issue, so that they can properly troubleshoot if they experience issues.

  55. Frank
    December 2, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Okay, I got it working. In your instructions in step 2 you say to choose, " “Apply update from .zip file”

    I don't see this option on my nook. What I see are about seven options. the two options that are worded the closest to, "Apply update from .zip file” are

    "Apply update fro sd card"


    "Install zip from sd card"

    Basically it's not saying the same things from your examples. I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong?

    I'm pretty sure the file is in the root of the sd card as I think I dragged it there and I don't know where else it would be?

    • Kannon Y
      December 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

      I was referring to the screen shot (the title of the screenshot is "choose zip from SD card") and should probably reword that. That's definitely confusing.

      Just use the information contained in the screenshot.

      The correct option is "install ZIP from SD card".

  56. Frank
    December 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I'm pretty sure it's in the root directory. I followed the several steps that lead up to "install kernel..." it's just that the install kernel option isn't there.

  57. Frank
    December 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    should I just take the sd card out?

    • Kannon Y
      December 2, 2013 at 3:25 am

      You will probably want to remove the SD card, particularly if you end up getting a replacement sent to you.

      But you may want to try holding the power button down for a while, just to see if it reboots. If that fails, it's possibly the sleep of death.

  58. Frank
    December 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I think I've done everything in Step 1 including transfering the files to my sd card. I've followed all the steps until I'm suposed to see, ""
    I don't see that option. Instead, at the place where the directions say I should see, ""

    I see

    my files/

    Also the nook won't respond in any way. It's frozen.

    Is this why you said, "The flashable zip is not working properly?"

  59. Frank
    December 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    In step 2 of your directions there is a point where I should see "" I don't see that instead I see the options listed 2 comments back.

    I did put the file from the directions on the zip file. I'm just not getting the option, ""

    Of more immediate concern, my nook is now completely unresponsive. It won't allow me to make a selection or to turn off. It's frozen.

    • Kannon Y
      December 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

      I'm sorry for your troubles Frank. You may be experiencing the so-called sleep of death (a well-documented bug in the NST), which occurs when the Nook enters a low power state where it is unresponsive to any input. As I am told, there's a firmware bug in the Nook that causes this to occur. But like all Nook issues, it's resolvable.

      [Broken URL Removed]

      This happened to me once, before I rooted. Basically, the fix is simple, but requires voiding the warranty. Unplug the battery and plug into a computer. Eventually the device will recover. The directions are in the link above. Also, the problem eventually resolves itself through self-discharge, but that can take months.

      But this issue isn't caused by the mod - your device isn't even modified yet. It's caused by the Nook's firmware bug. If it's under warranty, it's still covered. And you may want to try calling their customer support and mentioning the symptoms. You don't need to mention that you tried (but didn't initiate the mod) as it has nothing to do with the sleep of death. They're well aware of this bug and may have a solution already in hand. Unfortunately, it looks like they automatically ship you a new Nook.

      I did put the file from the directions on the zip file. I’m just not getting the option, “”

      Just to be clear, you meant that you copied the .zip file to the root directory of the microSD card, right? I suggest that you retry copying the file over. You may have accidentally placed the .zip file in a folder that's inside of the SD card, rather than in the root directory.

      Alternatively, you can search through each directory until you find it.

      Unfortunately, resolving the sleep of death issue will take priority. I've taken my Nook apart enough times to know there's a couple tricks to doing it. But it's very easy. If you'd like direction on this, let me know. But remember, it voids your warranty. If you're still on warranty, report the issue to B&N.

  60. Frank
    December 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    kind of scared. I left it on the screen with the options stated in the above comment because I didn't want to do anything wrong. Now it won't respond. It won't even let me turn it off. Hoping you'll be able to help me.

    • Kannon Y
      December 1, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Don't be scared, it's almost impossible to brick the Nook. However, if you did not backup your data and went waaaaay off the beaten path, it's possible that you may need to perform a factory reset. Factory reset is covered near the last part of this guide.

      If you hold the power button for ten seconds or so, it should reboot the device. If you have the microSD card inserted, it will then boot off of the CWM image on it.

      Sometimes, and rarely, devices have been known to enter what's called a "sleep-of-death". The solution to this is to leave it plugged it while holding the power button down.

      In extreme cases, it requires removing the battery (this is actually extremely easy, but it requires a Torqx screwdriver and voids your warranty).

      Let me know if you have any additional problems.

  61. Frank
    December 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for getting back to me! I'm a totally inexperienced with this stuff. I don't understand why you posted a link? I downloaded it to pc.

    I'm on step 2 and I don't have the

    Instead it says

    My Files/

    did I do something wrong? Which file should I click? If I made a mistake, how do I go back? Thanks Kannon!

    • Kannon Y
      December 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      Are you looking to install the kernel? If so, you must first transfer it to your Nook somehow. I suggest copying it to the microSD card.

      When you choose the .zip file containing the flashable kernel, it should be on the microSD card.

  62. Frank
    November 30, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Will this allow pinch zoom for pdf files?

  63. Sarah V
    November 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Thanks very much for the response. I don't this manually loading the Amazon Marketplace App will work because it all seems to work OK - its just when you sign in to try to purchase something it informa you it is not available for use in the UK at the moment. I have thus contacted the developer to see if they can suggest an alternative.

    With the Multitouch - can I just confirm what behaviour I should expect, please? After following the above steps should I be able to use pinch to zoom and landscape for any screen display such as the standard browser etc ? Is the landscape mode automatic when the device changes orientation (like my phone) or is there something I need to change manually somewhere to put in into that mode ?

    Everything seemed to work OK from the instructions but when I had finished the CWM part it started to reboot and then all went blank (at this point it seemed a bit brick like for a bit!) but it did restart once the SD card was re-inserted with the nook manager image on it.

    Sorry to be slow about this but to be clear, Are you re-do the instructions from step 2 and try putting the above zip on the sd card with the CWM ? Presume I will then have to do the following steps again too ?

    Thanks again for the help - it really is much appreciated by dummies like me!

    • Kannon Y
      November 26, 2013 at 3:10 am

      Hmm. I think the issue may be that I didn't explain that the SD card needs to be reformatted before it can be used. Also, the order of installation that I presented in the article might be important. The bootable NookManager image installs a "kernel" which allows FastRefresh. A kernel can enable various hardware features in the Nook. Unfortunately, the kernel installed by NookMananger doesn't include pinch-to-zoom.

      The kernel that combines all the bells and whistles is the .zip file that you install using the CWM bootable image. Which is why order might be important. I would try reinstalling using the CWM bootable image. Try this downloadable .zip instead. It supposedly is better than the .zip in this tutorial:

      Pinch-to-zoom works identically to how a smartphone implements it: You pinch the screen to zoom out and reverse the motion to zoom in.

      Landscape mode is enabled using an app called screen rotation. You can configure it to function with any of the hardware buttons to activate rotation. I think there's a specially compiled version of screen rotation that works with the Nook. But the latest version may work, as well.

      I couldn't find a legit site that offers the app. I ran about a dozen kinds of virus scans (using VirusTotal) on an APK download site that I found. It's supposedly OK, but you never know. If you can't find a screen rotation app, and are willing to take a risk, you can find it here:

    • Kannon Y
      December 8, 2013 at 2:31 am

      Sarah, something else I forgot to mention - you don't need a second app to switch into landscape mode. You can activate landscape from within ReLaunch's settings (ReLaunch is the default launcher). I need to write a ReLaunch tutorial.

      From ReLaunch's main menu (where there's a toolbar at both the top and bottom of the screen), select the gear icon at the top right of the screen. You'll see several options such as Start Mode, Work Mode and Screen Orientation.

      Choose Screen Orientation and "force to landscape".

  64. Sarah V.
    November 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Thanks very much for the easy to follow instructions. I seem to have successfully rooted my Nook simple touch and can now browse the web OK.
    However the real reason for doing this was to have a better PDF reader to allow me to read documents zoomed or landscape etc. At the moment Multitouch doesn't seem to work but I am not sure I have any apps that would enable it to work!
    I would like to install the Opera Mobile browser and the EZPDF reader as I think these may enable me to use the multitouch features however I live in the UK and so amazon market place doesn't work. I don't really want to install the GAPPS as described above as it looks a bit hard and google market place doesn't seem all that reliable. Is there a way of getting the .apk files for the 2 applications I need so I can just load these or is there another approach I could try?

    (I am assuming the pinch to zoom and changing orientation from portrait to landscape does require a different application of course - please let me know if this is not correct?)

    Thank you very much.

    • Kannon Y
      November 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Hey Sarah, thanks for the comment. That's a VERY good question. The most elegant solution that I can think of is via sideloading. That means downloading files and copying them onto your Nook's SD card or main storage location.

      You can download Dropbox here, which will let you transfer files to your PC wirelessly:

      You might also install Amazon's appstore manually as well:

      The best version of EZPDF is the 1961 version. If you write their designer and ask for an older version, they will likely supply you with it. The latest version works on the Nook, but the older version works better.

      Multitouch worked for me out of the box, without any problems after doing this mod, on both of my Nooks. The key file to install is the CWM-flashable kernel. If that doesn't work, try this one:

      This is a .zipped file (don't unzip it) that you add to the CWM image.

      But if you are sure that the directions were properly followed, then I'm not entirely sure how to proceed. My best guess is wipe the Dalvik cache and the regular cache using the CWM bootable image.

      If you have any additional questions, please ask!

    • Kannon Y
      November 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      I almost forgot, to answer your second question, pinch-to-zoom and landscape mode are enabled by the kernel. A kernel is installed by both mods. The CWM flashable .zip file enables both features . The NookManager flashable mod only enables the "fast-refresh" mode.

  65. Jason Mehmel
    November 23, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Hi there, me again!

    I decided to try your hack and it seems to work well, though the Market app isn't connecting to my account. Does this solution have the 'wait a day' element that's found in the other versions?

    • Kannon Y
      November 23, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      It's supposed to require waiting a full day (or longer) for it to connect to the market. But unfortunately, market access is extremely buggy. Sometimes it requires repeating the mod in order for it to work. In other cases, people have reported it not working.

      It's the reason that I don't recommend performing the mod. It can take quite a bit of time when sideloading would work just as well.

  66. Samy pavlov
    November 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I did a root to my Nook and it works fine. I begin to investigate what app can install to it :-))
    Thank you Kannon for useful article!!

  67. coolaks
    November 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Thank you Kannon for taking time to reply!
    It was useful.

  68. H
    November 14, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Brilliant instruction. Simpler and easier than what I have done before.

    Stage 4, you suggested to install the FastMode2.apk file. Could you tell me how?
    I have been searching for the answer but no success finding an appropriate answer anywhere.

    Thanks for your help.

    • Kannon Y
      November 14, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Thanks for the kind words!

      And I've been there. When it was all command line and there was lots of buggy software. There was so much room for error.

      FastMode2.apk is just an installable file. By default, though, NookManager installs a variant of the FastMode app. FastMode2 is just an improved version that works properly on the 1.2.1 firmware. Just transfer to your Nook via Dropbox and install it through Dropbox's interface. If it doesn't open, use a file manager to locate it. If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

  69. coolaks
    November 13, 2013 at 5:48 am

    i have rooted nook simple touch using nook manager,but i didnt update android version before rooting,and it is 1.0.1 version,so many apps are not supported.Please tell me how can i update its os to 1.2.1!

    • Kannon Y
      November 13, 2013 at 6:23 am

      I think many apps aren't supported by default. I'm not entirely sure if this mod is reverse compatible with older firmware versions, but if all your apps are working fine, then the mod was probably a success. It's Android 2.1 that's probably causing app incompatibility. Android 2.1 is incompatible with lots of apps.

      You can update the OS by factory resetting and then updating through B&N's firmware update service. I believe that's located in the Settings menu. But it's supposed to roll out automatically.

  70. Mayari2084hz
    November 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Does this new hack support the android looking interface, too? The instructions worked but my new rooted NST doesn't seem have the same home screen as this guys: Should I be downloading a theme for it or was it only permitted to the 1.1.0 or older versions?

    • Kannon Y
      November 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

      This uses ReLaunch as the homescreen. It's among the best available. But if you want a more Android-like interface, I think Zeam might still be compatible, though. One of my Nooks uses Zeam instead of Relaunch. It's actually faster, but you may need to hunt down a specially compiled version of Zeam.

  71. Jason Mehmel
    October 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    As for the lock screen, I came across THIS:

    It's worked for me!

  72. Jason Mehmel
    October 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I'm not missing the lockscreen, just looking to add security to the device while it's locked.

    As for flashing the kernal over the current installation; would that wipe the accounts and settings I've already made? Kind of a vague question, I know...

    • Kannon Y
      October 30, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      It shouldn't, but even so, you should perform a backup. Also, when in CWM, make sure to wipe the cache (main menu) and dalvik cache (advanced).. I'v e done flashes without clearing either, and it worked fine, but it's always a handy precaution to take.

      Anyway, I just flashed a kernel and it didn't wipe my internal files. But I made a backup, anyway, just to be on the safe side. If you feel uncomfortable with the process, I highly suggest not attempting a dirty flash. It can cause problems sometimes.

  73. Jason Mehmel
    October 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for the excellent guide! I'm sad I didn't find it before using the older guides in rooting my Simple Touch... I'd probably have a more up-to-date machine.

    That actually leads me to a question; if I've already rooted my Nook using the older guides, what would it take to do your updates? Just the same process of adding the relevant programs to the SD card and rebooting the device?

    I've also got a question regarding security... I've got gmail and twitter working on my Nook, but I can't find a lock screen option either in the Nook settings or in the superuser tools included with the rooting guide I went with.

    Are there any lock screen apps or solutions you've found?

    • Kannon Y
      October 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      That's a very good question.

      In theory you should be able to flash the kernel directly over your current installation using CWM. But like all kernel flashes, you should create a full backup using NookManager. After making a full backup, you should then use imaging software to make a full copy of the SD card with the backup on it. I prefer IMGBurn for this purpose. You can then restore the backup whenever you want from a PC. So in case something goes wrong (good chance) you can perform a complete restore.

      You're missing your lockscreen? Or are you looking to install a lockscreen? One of the things that NookManager does is remove the default, slide-to-unlock feature in the stock Nook. NookManager installs a program called Nook Touch Mod Manager, which can toggle the slide-to-unlock feature. I don't think this feature shows up in any other settings menu.

      If you want a pattern unlock, I'm not familiar with this feature. I know there's tons of apps out there that add this, but I haven't heard of any on the forums. But I can see the practical utility for using one, particularly if you're getting email. If I hear anything I'll let you know.

      Thanks for the comment!

  74. Sanjeev Kumar
    October 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Kannon

    I have now repeated the procedure several times but no luck, guess there is some fault with the kernel file. I tried both 174 and 176 nothing enables the multi-touch.


    • Kannon Y
      October 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Apologies Sanjeev. I think the issue may be resolvable.

      This is where they discuss multitouch not working at XDA:

      One user managed to fix the issue by hacking together a CWM-flashable version of the 176 kernel:

      This particular version includes a lot of fixes, but I didn't include it out of fear it may cause more problems than it solves. And I did not recognize the developer who assembled it. Anyway, I went ahead and dirty flashed it over my current installation and it works perfectly. I made sure to wipe caches before installing it.

      Another issue that the Nook has is with the infrared touchscreen technology. While it's very rugged and durable, it's also prone to getting jammed by dust and other things that collect on the screen. I would try using a very light fabric or cloth (microfiber perhaps) and cleaning the edges of the screen. My multitouch temporarily went out on me before due to screen dust.

      What's strange is that we have identical Nooks - both are 1.2.1 and we both performed clean installations. It should have been perfect. The only thing that I did differently is that I wiped my caches after installing the modified kernel... but the developers designed the CWM flashable image to automatically do this.

    • Kannon Y
      October 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Sanjeev, just to be clear, this CWM flashable kernel should work:

  75. ncarlson
    October 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Excellent article and subsequent replies.

    Will this enable me to use to export my highlights/notes to Evernote? Or would you be able to recommend another way to archive and catalogue my notes? Thanks.

    • Kannon Y
      October 30, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Hmm. That's a good question. I don't think Evernote is compatible with the NST. Have you tried any alternative note-taking application?

      I'm told that the Kindle app is fully compatible with the NST. Perhaps that would help?

      Here's a list of all the Nook related app information:

  76. Sanjeev Kumar S
    October 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hi Kannon, thanks for that prompt response. I will briefly mention some key points here:
    1. My firmware originally was 1.2.1.
    2. Although I had my Nook rooted with Nook Manager, I did a factory reset to make it a fresh new Nook before I started your step-by-step.
    3. All files were pulled afresh from the links that were pointing from your article, so I guess the download from XDA-developers in the first post in that thread for Nook Manager is always an updated version.
    4. I did follow the same order you had clearly explained, first the kernel then the nook manager.

    Now, having said all that - and after seeing your second reply, something rings the bell.
    After the CWM install was over, I noticed something - I removed the card but nothing happened to the screen in way of reboot - it stayed there blank for like few minutes until I was slowly started to panic and tried to reboot it manually after many tries of pressing the power button a few many times as there was some kind of delay in response. Could this might be a reason? (that I may have screwed up something)
    Secondly, I went on with the Nook Manager install - after the install was over, in the log that displays I read in the first line which said 'RAMdisk failed to install' while the following lines said installed successfully something like that - is this perfectly alright?

    Next Steps:
    Now, I am happy to note that I don't have to do any extra steps to bring back pinch zoom as it is in the kernel.
    So - shall I reset my device to factory default and start over from the beginning? or shall I straight away install the CWM over the Nook Manager?

    thanks once again

    • Kannon Y
      October 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      This is a tough problem. I have three theories about what happened:

      1. Maybe the RAMdisk isn't properly installed? Both NookManager and CWM install RAMdisks, but the software that controls multitouch is located on the CWM flashable image. This means the problem is somehow related to CWM...

      2. It's possible due to a cache issue. You can wipe your cache and dalvik cache using the CWM bootable image. But be aware not to wipe anything other than cache (located in the main menu) and Dalvik cache (located in advanced). Just to be safe, try this:

      Wipe both caches before and after flashing the kernel using CWM. This is known as a dirty flash. If that doesn't work, try a factory reset and then wiping both caches before and after flashing the new kernel via CWM.

      3. Potentially I've linked to the wrong kernel, as some of the kernels don't include multitouch. I should point out, though, that my kernel is 174... Everything looks fine on my end. I'm going to go through my records and make sure everything is right. I'll let you know if I find something is off.

  77. Sanjeev
    October 29, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Thanks for your article, like you said there are numerous posts on rooting and hacking the nook simple touch but it is very confusing out there to find out which one I must be following to achieve the best possible stable hack.
    However, you have mentioned about enabling fast refresh and pinch to zoom features in your opening paragraph. Now, I am rooted one more (previously just used Nook Manager to root but didn't do anything about the kernel) after getting tempted to get the pinch to zoom as that is my main want to manage image based pdfs/magazine pdfs. After following your easy step-by-step now I am here with a rooted nook functioning as expected, I can notice fast refresh but I am missing the pinch to zoom - is this feature hidden somewhere in the setting that I need to go and enable it? Please help.
    Opera Mobile says 'it is not installed' after a while of displaying the progress bar neither Naked Browser for some reason do not open after installing.
    I don't want to anyway use my Nook for any sort of extreme test as I already own a tablet, I am mainly looking to perfect my reading features and apps to make it a complete all round device for reading.

    thanks once again!

    • Kannon Y
      October 29, 2013 at 5:33 am

      Thank you for the detailed explanation of your situation Sanjeev! And my apologies for the troubles that you are experiencing.

      I'm going to take a guess and say that using NookManager first, before installing the custom kernel is what's causing this issue. Your Nook may not be using the latest version of NookManager, which has more recent development work done on it.

      The kernel contains the "pinch-to-zoom" feature that you're missing, by the way. I would suggest reusing NookManager and then using CWM to flash the custom kernel.

      Another possibility is that your device, for whatever reason, is on a much older version of firmware. I haven't heard of any firmware issues, but that may be because B&N updates devices that are on older firmwares.

      Anyway, if you have any additional problems, please let me know. I'm very happy to be of any help. And remember, if all goes wrong, you can always restore from a backup or simply perform the factory reset. Good luck!

    • Kannon Y
      October 29, 2013 at 5:36 am

      Oops, almost forgot: I want to emphasize that order might be very important. The way I did it was I first used CWM to flash the new kernel and then I used NookManager to install the other components. NookManager will not install over the RAMdisk that CWM installs. This is important because you need the RAMdisk that's installed from CWM and not the one installed by NookManager.

  78. Scott
    October 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Is it necessary to format the SD card to clear Nook Manager off before installing any other programs on the Nook via SD card? I ask because with Nook Manager, I created a backup on the card, but don't want to erase it accidentally. I'm guessing I could transfer the backup files to a folder on my laptop -- any experience doing that? Thanks again for the great article!

    • Kannon Y
      October 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      I should have mentioned that in the article - if you make the backup, there will be an IMG file located on the root directory of the SD card, which is approximately 2GB in size. You can transfer this to a PC. Alternatively, you can create an IMG file backup of the entire SD card using IMGburn or another imaging software:

      Creating a full image backup is a bulletproof strategy, since there are fewer steps involved and less room for error.

  79. John Crumpton
    October 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Ok, so it really is worth just getting gapps to work as it's so much easier than trying to find an apk, plus most of these are old files. Once Gapps in installed (ie Play) you can view "My Apps" and install apps from there. Once the nook is on Google play you can also install apps from

    The apps which work are: evernote, xbmc remove, ebay, Myibidder, Dolphin, LastPass for Dolphin.

    Bit annoyed that Mood+ Reader and pocket don't work, however there is an apk for moon reader at

    Other apps I installed (that work) are: A Comic Viewer, BBC news, Business calendar, ezPDF, IMDb.

    Interestingly Drop Box and Adobe Reader don't work (incompatable) from the market place. I used Google Drive as a replacement for Drop Box and ezPDF for Adobe Reader.

    Do not install Google Maps - it causes the relaunch to hang (black screen) when you view the apps.

    • Kannon Y
      October 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks again John! Fantastic comment!

      Dropbox works out of both the Play Store and Amazon on both my Nooks. You may be having an issue with a particular version of Dropbox. I use it as both my reading library and as a means of syncing work-related documents. It's one of the three most indispensable apps on my device. Google Drive, though is a great substitute for it.

      I should also mention that K-9 Mail is probably the best email app for those of you who don't have Gapps installed.

      One of the biggest disappointments for me is that F-Droid only partially worked for me. I wrote about it here:


      It crashes constantly, but still allows me to install apps on occasion. It's a shame because F-Droid offers only free and open-source software - in many ways it's a better app store than Amazon.

  80. John Crumpton
    October 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Good tutorial thank you. Amazon appstore doesn't work in the UK unfortunately. It would be good to see a few screen shots of ReLauncher (the Android interface you install) and how you can use this. Perhaps for another article?

    The "Fast eInk update" under general settings in ReLaunch causes the screen to load twice, which is irritating during page turns. I need to install the Fast Mode 2 though so this may fix it.

    To turn off your nook and load from the card, long press the button on the back at the top for it to properly shut down. Then once you have put in the microSD card, long press again for it to boot up.

    As Kannon mentions, GApps is fiddly to install so you'll need to sideload apps. To so this you'll need the .apk file which can be downloaded from

    The main apps I will use (if they work as I'm in the process of downloading) would be:

    Pocket (for offline reading of web articles, saved via a browse extension)
    Evernote (for recipes)
    Moon+ Reader (the nook native reader is excellent, however a major annoyance is the inability to share highlighted text. Moon reader allows you to do this)
    Kindle (to read my Kindle purchases)
    Keep (if it syncs with my phone, need to check)
    Producteev (for tasks)
    Yatse (amazing XBMC controller)
    Myibidder (ebay sniping)
    Amazon (buying)
    Dolphin with LastPass plugin (to remember my logins, very useful)

    Hope that helps

    • Kannon Y
      October 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Hey John, thanks for sharing. This is fantastic!

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  81. Noddy
    October 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    How much does this affect the Nook's battery life? I've held off on enabling fast-refresh before in order to keep my battery from expiring faster, and overclocking can't really do much but hurt in that respect.

    • Kannon Y
      October 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      That's a great question - I've been told that it decreases the battery life - however, I can't say I've noticed any difference. I still recharge once a month, with about (lately) an hour to half an hour of reading a night. With wireless perpetually on all the time, it will need to recharge every two weeks.

  82. Chris M
    October 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Will this work with a nook colour? I've got one with a busted screen that is out of guarentee. Want to get it fixed and try this...if it works.

    • Kannon Y
      October 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      That's a great question - no this won't work on a Nook Color. They have entirely different hardware and this mod requires the Nook Simple Touch. There's rooting options available for the Nook Color, though.

    • Josh
      January 21, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Chris, did you figure it out yet? You may want to follow the third bullet under "Rooting Your Nook: NookColor" on the right sidebar of the Nook subreddit: - that worked very, very well for my own NC.