The developer of the Cool Reader Android app has created a version of the Cool Reader app specifically for the Nook Touch.
What’s great about the app is that it has settings for partial page refresh. Not only that but the Nook’s page turn buttons work too, and you can even remap them for functions other than page turning for both long press and short press.
With partial refresh you can set the page to refresh only the text instead of flashing the entire page, just like the Nook’s stock ereader app. But unlike the stock ereader app, you can specify how often you want partial refresh to occur.
Cool Reader is a free open-source program that has been around for a long time on Windows and Linux. Cool Reader came to Android awhile back, and it has become one of the more popular ereading apps because of it offers a lot of advanced settings. I found out about the Nook Touch version of Cool Reader via a comment someone left on this earlier blog post about using night mode on the Nook Touch (white text with black background). The comment pointed to this thread at XDA about partial refresh for FBReaderJ on the Nook Touch, another good ereading app.
Anyway, the gist of the story is this: the developer for Cool Reader got permission to use the code from FBReaderJ for partial page refresh and added it to the Cool Reader app. But if you download the Cool Reader app from the Android Market it doesn’t have those settings; you need to get the one specifically for the Nook Touch (link below). There are a bunch of other versions on the Cool Reader project page over at SourceForge as well.
The Cool Reader app has a ton of features. You can view the complete list at the Cool Reader website. Below is a list of the most prominent features for the Nook Touch:
- Supports EPUB (non-DRM), FB2, TXT, RTF, HTML, CHM, and TCR formats
- Set partial refresh from 0 to 20 pages
- 13 font types
- 30 font sizes
- Add bookmarks and notes
- Select and copy text
- Adjust line spacing and margins
- Bold fonts
- Night mode
- Hyphenation support
- Landscape mode, 1 and 2 page views
- Dictionary support (ColorDict and Fora Dictionary)
- Fullscreen mode
- Customize or remove top menu
- Customize page button key actions