The update has arrived!
As previously hinted, in this update I edited the Back, Menu, and Notifications buttons on the status bar. The specifics are as follows:
Back - I changed the "circular"-type arrow to a nice, minimalistic left-pointing arrow. It's easier to see/read.
Menu - As I have the "Menu" activity assigned to a hard key, another soft menu button is useless to me. So instead of reskin the menu button with another version of a menu icon, I changed the appearance to a closed lock inside a circle, or a screen rotation button! To make this actually change the screen orientation, you'll need Nook Touch Mod Manager (to assign the button to a different activity), as well as the rotation-locking app I've attached (DISCLAIMER - I didn't make the orientation app!). Then, just open up NTMM, tap "Modify Button Actions", scroll down to the bottom page, tap "Statusbar - Menu", and then scroll down until you see "Screen Rotation Control". Tap it, and it will assign the Menu button to that app.
Notifications - Just for the fun of it, I horizontally flipped the "speech bubble" icon. Nothing too drastic.
See attachments for the screen rotation app, the new framework-res.apk, and a screenshot of the edited status bar!
Don't forget to leave a post thank if you enjoy it!
EDIT- I have released an alternate version that doesn't change the function of the menu button - it just makes the white bars a little wider and thicker and removes the circle. The alternate framework-res.apk is attached below as "framework-res_alt.apk". Don't forget to change the name back to "framework-res.apk" before replacing!
EDIT 2 - Added a screenshot of the alternate status bar.