New E-Ink option for Faithlife apps

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Dec 11 2021 11:05 AM

Behold the new Nook Glowlight 4, with Verbum running!  This Nook was just released by Barnes & Noble last week.  You do not need to root this device to install apps.  If you are familiar with ADB install, you can do it. 

The Glowlight 4 is an E-Ink device with a six inch display.  It runs Android 8.1.  It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.  You can also install other apps.  (Kindle will not work, but most Android third party reader apps work fine.)  

Verbum is a bit slower on this device than on my Onyx Boox, but it runs.  Not sure how the Nook would handle highlighting.  However, if you want to read your resources on an E-Ink device that's not overly expensive, you may want to check it out.  

The trickiest part of this was to find where B&N hid the USB debugging option.  Once I had that and installed another launcher (so I could see any apps I install), I was in business.

If anyone is interested, I can post a step-by-step of how to install Verbum or Logos on this device.  

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 11 2021 11:06 AM

PS - I have no idea why the translate stuff is in that post!!

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 11 2021 6:10 PM

Mark Nolette:
If you are familiar with ADB install, you can do it. 

I'm not. What is it? 

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 11 2021 6:17 PM

Mark Nolette:
Not sure how the Nook would handle highlighting

You didn't try it? 

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 11 2021 6:34 PM

JT (alabama24):

Mark Nolette:
If you are familiar with ADB install, you can do it. 

I'm not. What is it? 

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is a means for a desktop or laptop to communicate with and issue commands to an Android device.  I'm no expert at it, but I've picked up enough to learn how to do this.  To use ADB, you need to install it on your computer first.  If you have Windows, the easiest way to do that is to install an app called Minimal ADB and Fastboot.  It gives you the basic stuff you need for this and nothing more.  It's relatively easy to use as you start the app and then it takes you to a command prompt.  ADB then needs to be activated in the Android device.  This is done by turning on USB debugging.  Once that is done, when you connect the Android device with your computer, each will "recognize" the other if all goes well.  You can then install apps on the Android device from your computer and work with the Android device in a number of ways.  

Why bother with all this? The Nook Glowlight 4 is an Android device but it does not have Google Play store or any way to install apps from the stock Nook reader.  So, we can use ADB to install an Android launcher on the Nook.  This will give us a place to find any other apps we install.  Then we can install bu ADB any other apps we want.  The APK files can be had at apkpure.com.  

The Nook Glowlight 4 may be the least expensive E-Ink device that can run Faithlife apps as of now, so it may be worth the extra effort to set it up.  

Hope this helps!

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Dec 11 2021 6:36 PM

JT (alabama24):

Mark Nolette:
Not sure how the Nook would handle highlighting

You didn't try it? 

I don't use highlighting.  Besides, my Nook arrived only yesterday.  I'm still in the process of learning how it works and what I can do with it.  

Incidentally, I tried it.  It works fine.  

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 2:17 PM

Once you install the app, how does it get updated? 

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 4:19 PM

The last time I downloaded an app from apkpure.com, what happened was that a notice came up on the top notification bar on my device when an update was available.  I tapped the notice and the update downloaded and installed.  It should work the same way here.  

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 4:33 PM

To make sure I understand.... 

Mark Nolette:
a notice came up on the top notification bar on my device when an update was available.  I tapped the notice and the update downloaded and installed.

Once you have the app on the device, you can update it on the device without having to use that alternate means of installation? 

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 4:37 PM

That is correct! 

I was not expecting this, but that is what happened.  The next time that Faithlife mobile apps get an update, I'll see if the same thing happens with my Nook.  

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 4:56 PM

Thanks Mark! 

If this were a Kindle paperwhite, I'd be rushing out to buy it. Since it is a Nook, I'll have to think about it a bit more. 

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Mark Nolette | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 5:15 PM

I understand - but if someone wants to have a Faithlife app on E-Ink, it's hard to beat the $149 price tag of this Nook!  

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 12 2021 5:29 PM

No, I concur. However, my two "investments" are in Logos (#1) and Kindle (#2), with the latter primarily casual reading / dime novels.

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