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    Pandigital Novel Android Color e-Reader

    Pandigital is announcing an affordable color screen e-reader, the Novel.  Integrated with the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, Pandigital Novel is an Android-powered e-reader that has a full color touch-screen 7-inch display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and multimedia capabilities. It will retail for $199.99 when it ships in June.

    Pandigital Novel Android Color e-Reader

    The Novel has an 800 x 600 resolution display, and is powered by an Arm 11 processor.  It measures 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches (HWD) and weighs 16 ounces. There’s 1GB of built-in memory, as well as an expansion slot for SD/MMC memory cards (cards up to 32GB are supported). Pandigital rates the Novel’s battery life at six hours in reading mode.

    While it offers multimedia features (audio, video, images) as well as a built-in Web browser, email, calender, and alarm, Pandigital is billing it first and foremost as an e-reader. It says that Novel owners will have “easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive eBookstore catalog of more than one million eBooks, newspapers and magazines, a wide variety of free eBooks and more than half a million free classics.” They’ll also be able to use Barnes & Noble LendMe feature that allows users to share certain e-books with friends and family for 14 days.

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    Here are some specs:

    • Operating system: Android (ARM 11 processor)
    • 7-inch touch-screen TFT color display (800×600 resolution)
    • Weight: 16 ounces
    • Integrated Barnes & Noble eBookstore
    • WiFi enabled
    • 1 GB internal memory with SD/MMC slot (up to 32GB cards supported)
    • Automatically adjusts between portrait and landscape mode when the device is tilted
    • eBook formats supported included PDF, EPUB, and HTML
    • Adjustable font sizes, built-in dictionary, highlights and notes
    • Built-in Web browser, email, alarm clock, and clalendar
    • Plays back music (MP3), displays images and certain video file formats
    • Built-in mini-USB port for transferring files from computer (Mac and PC compatible)

    Mary Ellen Keating, a Barnes & Noble spokesperson, says- “Barnes & Noble’s strategy is to offer our content on multiple platforms, so we’re happy to power this new device and others. Nook is a dedicated eReading device with key design, reading and in-store features that are innovative, immersive and exciting for our customers. We don’t believe our continued work with third-party partners will have any effect on our continued strong Nook sales.”

    Published on May 25, 2010

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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