Pandigital Novel eBook Reader

  • Pandigital Novel eBook Reader
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  • Cheaper than Kindle, NOOK; touch interface; NOOKbook Store support; reads ePub, PDFs; Web browser; MicroSD slot
  • Display has good color depth, Lightweight, attractive design
  • Attractive home screen UI. Android OS means it doubles as a low-cost tablet computer.


  • Extra features of limited value; lesser display quality than Kindle, NOOK; purchasing titles takes patience
  • Resistive touchscreen not very responsive, Sluggish performance, Page turns slower than some e-Ink eReaders, Mediocre multimedia playback, Can't sideload apps

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computer Shopper on 71

A little cheaper than a Kindle or NOOK, the Novel is an okay alternative to the e-reader leaders. But you will sacrifice a bit of screen quality and a bit more convenience....

By LaptopMag on 40

What should you expect from a $199 color screen eReader? More than...

By PC Mag on 30

The Pandigital Novel is a well specified but poorly thought-out device; it tries to be an e-book reader and tablet computer simultaneously, and fails at both tasks. Buy it...

By Macworld on 50

If the Pandigital Novel were priced lower, maybe I’d be forgiving of its numerous faults. For those that need a portable device and who don’t have a smartphone, I can see where this might have appeal at first blush. It’s a first,...

By on 40

Video Review: With a 7" full color touch screen and Android OS, the PanDigital Novel eReader is as pretty as it is easy to use. Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb review its features including built-in Wi-fi, access to over a million book titles through...

By Engadget on 30

As we stated at the start, we actually can't believe that Novel has made its way onto so many shelves across the country -- just Googling the product name shows that it's being sold at tons of popular retailers. The poor touchscreen, sluggish...

By cnet on 47

The feature set of the affordable Pandigital Novel looks good on paper, but this color e-book reader and multimedia device is hobbled by its extremely slow performance and unresponsive touch...

By The Gadgeteer on

There was a lot of talk about this unit from Pandigital (maker of Digital Photo Frames and film scanners) around June when they were removed off the shelves of Kohl’s for poor/slow performance. They came back with newer firmware and much quicker...

By TopTenREVIEWS on 75

The vivid design, LendMe feature and access to more than half a million free books bring Pandigital into the eReader...