I criticized Amazon’s e-book ecosystem in the past over their walled garden approach that limits Kindle books only to devices officially supported by the Kindle software.

At the time of this writing, this meant PC and Mac desktops, Apple’s iOS devices, in addition to Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry smartphones.

So far so good, I hear you saying, but what about rival e-reading devices such as the Nook?

Needles to say, Amazon has no plans to release a Nook version of the Kindle software, but that didn’t prevent enthusiasts to figure out a way to read Kindle books on Nook Color.

Take Blog Kindle which published a neat hack exploiting the fact that Nook Color is a closed-down Android device. In a nutshell, all you need to do is root your Nook Color in order to enable the Android Market storefront app. From there, it’s a smooth sail – you simply download Kindle for Android app, authorize your Nook Color with your Amazon account, and all your Kindle books will wirelessly sync thanks to Amazon’s Whispersync technology.

In fact, you’ll be able to take advantage of having both e-book stores on a single device. According to the author:

It took me less than 5 minutes to execute all rooting instructions from NookDevs.com to root the device, enable Android Market, download Kindle for Android and have WhisperSync open the book I was reading on the same place I left it off on my Kindle device.

Once rooted, the NOOKcolor becomes the best Android-based tablet for the money. You can run the Kindle app on the gizmo and other software found on Android Market. Watch YouTube videos? Done. Angry Birds? That, too!

Our contributing writer Van Smith, editor-in-chief of Van’s Hardware Journal, rooted his NOOKcolor and installed the Kindle reader. In his NOOK article Van also explains how to get Kindle books on the Nookcolor. "Once rooted, the NOOKcolor becomes the best Android-based tablet for the money," he writes.

A word of warning: Rooting an Android device isn’t for the faint-hearted because you risk bricking the device, voiding the warranty, and locking yourself out of future updates from Barnes&Noble. If you’re willing to take the plunge, hit the source link below for the complete instructions.

Source: Blog Kindle