N2A Cards offers a bootable microSD card that transforms the Nook into a real Android tablet, complete with the Google Play store.
An 8GB N2A Card with embedded Android 4.1 costs $29.99, $39.99 for the 16GB version, $64.99 for the 32GB version, and $84.99 for the 64GB card. But you can also download the software for $19.99. Then all you need is a compatible microSD card of your own.
Rick Broida adds:
“I’m sure many readers will point out (rightly so) that you can accomplish much the same thing on your own for free. But that takes some know-how, and there’s little support to be had if things go wrong. Here you’re getting a bootable card (which you can remove if you want to return to the Nook OS, no harm done) that’s already configured with the popular CyanogenMod version of Android. It’s literally a plug-and-play solution.
The $159 Nook Tablet (8GB) matches up well to the $159 Kindle Fire in specs and price–but it has the added advantage of offering an expansion slot for additional memory, a feature lacking in the iPad, Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire.
Kindle’s KF8 format supports fixed layout on both Kindle and Kindle Fire, but it’s really only useful on a Fire. The chart (above) erroneously shows Kindle support for ePub. Nook readers support ePub-2, but ePub-3, with embedded audio and video, among other things, is still not supported. Apple’s iPad and their free iBook Author program incorporate a proprietary fork on the ePub-3 standard, which restricts readers to Apple devices and availability only on the iTunes store.
At some point Google Play will support ePub-3 (with embedded audio and video). That’s when the Nexus 7 will need to support Google Wireless at 2.6GHz — IMHO. Perhaps a Google Wireless announcement at Mobile World Congress in February 2013, will offer discounted (even free) data service. Apple and Amazon may have to make a similar move.