Pandigital’s Novel: An iPad-Like eReader
The market is being flooded with ereaders. It’s now like every electronic company has MP3 players in the market with a difference that supported ebook formats are not universal like MP3.
Patnered with B&N the company Pandigital has already announced their ereader Novel will be sold at $199. However, there are reports that the ereader is already available in JCPenny and Kohl online stores at $249 and $259 respectively. There is no word yet it will be available widely or when B&N will carry them in its stores.
Novel is quite interesting. It’s like a mini iPad with 7″ TFT color touchscreen. It runs on Android OS. It has wifi support, SD slots, and USB connectivity. Readers will be able to buy books from B&N ebook store from the device. It supports ePub, PDF, and HTML. You can browse website, send and recieve emails. Since it’s android-based there are some more apps available.
Yes, it’s not eInk. So battery life is only couple of hours. No way I can say it’s a dedicated erader. But if you’re a casual ebook reader, and don’t want to spend too much on iPad, then Novel is not a bad choice.
Here is a video report by Cnet on Novel:
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