I recently picked up a new Nook. Their manufacturer is dumping stock and the prices are ridiculously cheap for an eInk touchscreen running Android.
One thing that annoys me about the Nook is the fact that you have to register for a Barnes & Nobel account before you can use it. I dislike their geo-restrictive terms and conditions, and the fact that they place advertising on my home screen. I also don't particularly want my reading habits fed back to anyone. No one needs to know that I like reading Star Trek slash fiction, and that I've read chapter 5 of "Spock ♥ Tribbles" seventeen times.
So, here's the quick illustrated guide to running your nook without a bn.com account. There's no scary hacking, formatting of SD cards, or fiddling with computers. This is a ten second hack which just involves tapping a few buttons on your Nook. This works with the original Nook Simple Touch Reader and the new one with GlowLight.
Charge your Nook fully. Switch it on using the button on the back.
Do not begin the setup process.
Hold down the top right page turn button.
While holding down the button, swipe the top of the screen from left to right.
Release the top right button.
A "Factory" button will appear on screen. Press it and you'll be taken to this "Factory" screen.
Again, hold down the top right button.
While doing so, tap the bottom right corner.
A "Skip Oobe" button will appear.
Oobe - stands for "Out of box experience".
Press the button! Go on, you know you want to 🙂
You will be instantly rewarded with a homescreen with no adverts and no requirement to sign up for a bn.com account.