March 12, 2011

Nook: alternative applications to standard library

The standard library application of Nook has some limitations; for instance:
  • since it doesn't handle folders (i.e. all book will be shown in a single list), it is quite uncofortable to use it when you have a large collection of books loaded into Nook;
  • it misses some nice features like the cover view.
Luckily, the Nook developers community provides some valid alternatives to the default library. Of course, to be able to install and use them, you need a rooted Nook; but this should not be a big problem!

What i consider the best library application is the "File Browser" by Nomad. It features a really nice and fast cover strip mode, that allows you to choose books by sliding the covers (on the touch screen display). Moreover you can (optionally) navigate trhoughout your contents in folder-mode. This is really useful when you have a large collection of books, organized in a tree structure.

Original thread in russian by the author, with further info and download here (translation to english).
Please note that the author publishes 2 versions:
  • one will become automatically the default library of Nook;
  • the other will instead be installed as a standalone application;
so pay attention to choose the one you prefer.
The author often releases new versions to correct bugs or introduce new features, so check his thread out once in a while to see if a new version is available!

Another valid option is NookLibrary by Nookdev community. More or less it offers the same features of the application by Nomad, but in my opinion is slightly slower and a bit less comfortable in its usage. My advice in any case it's just to try both applications and see which one better suit your needs.
Here you can find more info and download the last version (currently 0.1.7).

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