07-28-2011 09:02 AM
Hi, Is it possible to plug an external keyboard into the nook and use it as a word processor? I know that there are tricky ways in which you can use Kindle as a word processor but I read nothing about being able to connect an external keybaord to it and it seemed you could only write using google docs. I think if either nook or kindle had an option to connect a normal keyboard to their machines and have software inside similar to microsoft word then it would be a real advantage to writers such as myself who would like something very portable other than a laptop for writing on the go. The no glare screen is also an advantage as we would not burn our retinae out sitting in front of a screen for hours.
07-28-2011 09:20 AM
Maybe, if you were to void your warranty, erase the B&N software, and 'root' it to turn it into an e-ink android tablet.
I don't think even the Nook Color could do this without being 'rooted'.
They're e-readers, not tablet computers or word processors.
07-28-2011 09:34 AM
The refresh rate of eink is terrible and makes this an (almost?) unworkable idea. Add to that constantly refreshing the page would kill the battery.
Maybe when the pricing of Mirasol and/or Liquavista comes downa a tablet-like device with one of their e-paper-like displays will be produced and will be able to do this.
It wouldn't work (well?) (at all?) on an eink device, though.
07-28-2011 02:38 PM
Hi, Is it possible to plug an external keyboard into the nook and use it as a word processor?
Short answer: No. I am sure someone somewhere will figure out some way to do it and void their warrantee in the process, but basically, no. The USB port on the Nook is a type B or peripheral device port. It has no power and only very basic drivers. The USB port on a computer is a type A or host and supply power and can load any number of drivers. To connect a B device to a B device, you must have a power source (such as an externally powered hub) and the B device must be able to load the correct drivers and control the communications session. This is one of the more frustrating aspects of the USB standard.
07-28-2011 02:43 PM
My understanding is that Android tablets have the same USB issues as I just described. The Android OS does not support USB Type A (host) configuration. Google has supposedly stated they have no plans to give Android this capability. Short of a docking station or possibly a Bluetooth connection, it does not look like it will work.