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Cracking Open the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook e-book reader (Wi-Fi)

Cracking Open the 2011 Nook: Completely disassembled

For the technically inclined, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Nook should be a snap to open and repair.

A single Torx T5 screw secures the back cover. And, once the screw is removed, the cover slides off. Once inside the case, the Nook's internal hardware is readily accessible.

Despite Barnes & Noble claiming that the battery is not user-replaceable, it is not soldered to the main PCB. Provided you can get a replacement battery, the job should take more than 10 minutes.

I was also intrested to see Barnes & Noble use the same TI OMAP3621 application processor that they use in the Nook Color. I'll have to try hacking the new Nook to run Android apps.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...