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With the Pandigital Novel Pandigital introduces their first eReader to use the E Ink display. It comes with a 6 inch display that is also a touchscreen. The screen is also non-reflective which should making it reading it in the sunlight easier. The Pandigital Novel is connected to the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. It comes with 2 GBs of internal memory and it features a micro SD card slot. It is WiFi capable and a web browser.
– 6 inch touchscreen
– E Ink display
– Non-reflective screen
– Barnes & Noble eBookstore
– 2 GBs of internal memory
– Micro SD card slot
– MP3 playback
Dublin, Calif., Oct 18, 2010 – Pandigital Inc. today expanded its Pandigital Novel line of eReaders featuring the integrated Barnes & Noble eBookstore with its first model using ePaper technology. Featuring a touch-screen for easy navigation, the new Pandigital Novel Personal eReader has a crisp 6-inch electrophoretic ePaper display for easy enjoyment in bright sunlight and a battery life that lasts thousands of page-turns. The new Pandigital Novel Personal eReader utilizes a 6-inch ePaper display that provides a crisp 600×800 resolution. Its touch-screen interface is something not normally found with ePaper eReaders. Made by SiPix/AUO for Pandigital, the display takes ePaper technology to a new level of functionality and ensures that customers get a first-rate reading experience. This innovative display, combined with the intuitive software interface, lets customers easily navigate through the various functions and capabilities of the Pandigital Novel while reading books and magazines. In addition to being fun and easy to use, the ePaper display used on the Pandigital Novel is non-reflective, so the device is incredibly easy to read in bright light and sunlight.Like the other models in the Pandigital Novel eReader line, the new eReader comes integrated with the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, so customers can easily download and enjoy books, magazines, and periodicals.
“We’re extending our Pandigital Novel eReader line to include an ePaper model that will encourage even more readers to embrace the ease, comfort and enjoyment of electronic book readers,” said John Clough, President of Pandigital. “Our new Pandigital Novel 6-inch eReader is perfect for the many readers who love to catch up on their books outdoors, on vacation or just when they have a moment to relax and unwind.”
Weighing 9.1 ounces, the eReader is incredibly portable and easy to take anywhere. In addition, it delivers a long battery life of up to 6,000 page turns. The Pandigital Novel Personal eReader comes with convenient features that make reading easier and more enjoyable, including adjustable font size, a built-in dictionary, word/character search, highlighting, and creation of multiple bookmarks
This new eReader has 2GB of internal memory for customers to store hundreds of books and periodicals, music, photos, and more. Plus, it has a built-in memory card reader that accepts up to 32GB memory cards for access to a virtually unlimited number of files.
The new Pandigital Novel Personal eReader (PRD06E20WWH8) will be available this month at national retailers. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $199.99 and is expected to sell at even lower everyday retail pricing and promotional pricing. In addition to being a first-rate eReader, the Pandigital Novel is a multifunction device, allowing users to browse the web, check email, view photos, or listen to music.
The built-in Wi-Fi and web browser lets users easily go online to check out the latest news or their favorite website while the integratedemail application allows customers to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues. Customers can enjoy their favorite music via the built-in speaker or use the stereo-mini headphone jack for private enjoyment and also view photos on the 16-level grayscale display. The Pandigital Novel Personal eReader also has additional convenience features including a built-in appointment calendar and alarm clock.
The Pandigital Novel 6-inch Personal eReader provides excellent reading for electronic books and has the following features:
A 6” ePaper electrophoretic display with 800×600 resolution and 16-level grayscale
Responsive touch-screen and intuitive user interface for navigation
Built in speaker and stereo-mini headphone jack
A virtual keyboard for making notes, emails, and other entries
Orientation sensor for automatically adjusting between portrait and landscape mode when the device is tilted
Supports popular eBook formats PDF & EPUB
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and web browser
Expandable storage through its microSD memory card slot (supporting up to 32GB cards)
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (via AC adapter or USB)
Built-in mini-USB port provides an option for easy transfer of files between the device and acomputer (Mac and PC compatible)
Compact and sleek design – it measures 4.88”(w) x 6.75”(h) x 0.38”(d) and weighs 9.1 ouncese
Book Access Easy & Quick Through Barnes & Noble eBookstore
The integration of Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore ensures that Pandigital Novel customers have quick and convenient access to more than one million eBooks, newspapers and magazines, most available for $9.99 or less, and more than half a million free classics. Customers will find it simple to browse, sample, buy, and download published content in seconds from the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Also, customers can use Barnes & Noble’s LendMe™ technology to share many eBooks with friends and family for 14 days.About Pandigital Privately held, Pandigital® develops and markets digital entertainment products.
The company recognizes the growing digital lifestyle market as well as the convergence of digital media such as photos, video, published content, and audio, and is delivering high quality products to utilize and share that content by combining innovative technology with contemporary style and simplified userinterfaces. Pandigital sells its award-winning line of Pandigital® and PanTouch® digital photo frames and PhotoLink® scanners through more than 33,000 well-known national retail storefronts in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Central America.
The company has received numerous accolades and industry awards for its outstanding products that are renowned for their easy-to-use features, high-quality, and elegant design, and for providing exceptional value to consumers. Pandigital is headquartered in Dublin, Calif.
For more information, please visit http://www.pandigital.net. All offers subject to change without notice or obligation and may not be available through all retail partners. Prices listed are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices and may vary by retail location. Applicable taxes extra. Trademarks used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandigital. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Digital Trends’ eReader Buying Tips:
3G data plan or Wi-Fi?
Internet access is vital to e-readers. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything. The majority of e-book readers access the Internet via Wi-Fi. The main reasons to use the net are for downloading new books, accessing the Web, or viewing new newspapers or magazines. However, Amazon and Barnes & Noble offer versions of their e-readers with lifetime 3G access built in, which allows your Kindle or Nook to connect to the Web using cellular networks like AT&T. The 3G models run about $50 more than Wi-Fi-only versions, but when you really want to download a new book and aren’t at home, 3G access comes in handy.
How portable does your e-reader need to be? How large do you want your screen? Most e-readers are smaller than tablets, do not have touch capabilities, and are made for viewing vertically, much like you read a book or piece of paper. For example, the Kindle has a 6-inch screen with a small button keyboard. The original Nook, on the other hand, has a similar screen size, but instead of a keyboard at the bottom, it has a small color touchscreen for navigation. Those wishing for a larger e-reader screen should check out the Kindle DX, which has a 9.7-inch screen, making it very close to the size of a sheet of paper.
All of the most popular e-readers are under $400, and many low-end readers cost less than $100. Standard editions of the Kindle, Sony Reader, and Nook all cost under $200. Best of all, many of these devices have free lifetime 3G access built into them.
Nothing can make or break a device like battery life. E-readers have this category locked down. The Kindle’s battery, for example, can last as long as one month on a single charge.
E-book readers accept many different types of formats. When looking for your new e-reader maake sure that you find out which formats they do and don’t accept. Below is a handy guide to the various formats.
Epub was created by the International Digital Publishing Forum. It is supported by most e-readers, so this one you shouldn’t have to worry about. The benefit to this format is that it is reflowable meaning that text is not formatted for one specific page size. This means that text size and format adjustments won’t look odd if you change them. When doing your ereader comparison, this format is very important and should be sought after.
Most documents and files on the internet are in the PDF format. The downside to using the PDF format on electronic book readers is that lines are a fixed length when the e-book was created, so sometimes when it converts onto your e-reader, the lines may not display correctly. Depending on what you are reading on your ebook, this may or may not be important to you. PDF is quite useful as an additional format in eReaders and you may want to include it during your ereader comparison.
Plain Text (TXT)
Plain Text is very rarely used, though it does exist.
Amazon Kindle (AZW)
This is the format that was developed by Amazon to work with their Kindle eReader. AZW files work with the Kindle and are purchased from the Amazon book store. This format only really works on the Kindle.
This was created for PALM hand-held devices. It is not standard with the newer e-books readers.
This format will probably not work with your e-book unless it specifically says so.
Sony Reader (BbeB/LRF)
BbeB is used by the Sony Reader and it isn’t really supported by other e-readers or PC reading, though it supposedly can be read on Linux computers.
TomeRaider (tr2, tr3)
Barnes and Noble Nooks use TomeRaider, which is available on PCs, Smart Phones, iPhone and other sources but isn’t supported by Kindle or the Sony Reader. The Nook also doesn’t support as many formats as the Kindle and Sony Reader.