Literati eReader hacking
I got a Literati eReader from The Sharper Image for Christmas. The hardware itself isn’t half-bad, but the software is atrociously lacking in features. So how do I hack this thing to make it better?
Well, I haven’t been able to, yet. But here’s what I’ve observed so far:
- It’s running some form of Linux. I don’t know this for a fact, but based on the GPL/LGPL/BSD/MIT license information in the manual, and what I’ve read about it in reviews, it’s a safe bet.
- The firmware can be loaded from an SD Card by holding down “Q” while powering on. I don’t have a copy of any firmware to work with though…
- A port scan of the device when connecting to my router reveals ports 25, 110, 119, 143, 465, 563, 587, 993, and 995 but I’ve be unable to connect to any of them to do anything useful or get any useful information.
That’s all I got on the software front. I also cracked the thing open to see if there’s anything easily hackable in the hardware. I couldn’t find anything, but here’s how I did it in case you’re interested. Make sure to turn it off first:
Make sure not to lose any of the tiny screws. I used a small pocket knife as a screwdriver, but obviously a glasses-repair sized phillips head would be preferable. There are four tiny black screws that hold the main circuit board in place, but as you can see above, there’s plenty of solder and wiring that keep the main board from really going very far.
I was hoping to find an SD card or some sort of internal USB port, or…something. Unfortunately, everything looked very hard-wired and unhackable (at least unhackable by me).
All-in-all, a disappointing experience. I post this with the hope of either saving someone else the time, or helping some smarter hacker than me to spark an idea.