Pandigital Novel to go open platform

Do you see all those ereaders? That's what my desk looks like at home. I'm back from the Pepcom event, and I'm glad I went. I now have a couple pieces of info to share.

The new 9" tablet does have a free data connection through ATT, but it's only good for visiting the B&N Ebookstore. We pretty much guessed that  from the press release, but I think it's good to have confirmation.

The other piece of news is that Pandigital have decided to give all the Novel tablets an open Android install. They had a retail box for the white Novel and the front shows a normal home screen. This means that hacking the Novel won't be necessary anymore, nor will it be worth the risk IMO.

I don't know when they plan to release an update for existing devices; it's not ready yet.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

11 Comments on Pandigital Novel to go open platform

  1. Mrawhimskell Klaar // 6 January, 2011 at 2:57 am // Reply

    That’s good news for hackers and tinkerers! There’s nothing like getting hardware that you can modify and install software on. If it’s priced competitively, I’m sure it’s going to be a winner.

    • Some reports have the Novel and the Cruz Reader running as low as $60 this week.

      • And still Must Avoid at even those prices.

        • you’re crazy. it’s a steal at 60 bucks. the screen isn’t great, but a quick hack and installing some apps lets you read PDFs very well in landscape, something most ereaders cannot do worth a darn

        • wow i love that PD_NOVEL
          works great once the polaris update installed,
          now open platform running android 1.5 (CUPCAKE)very good tablet

          use it as a wifi keyboard
          youtube downloader
          web surfing etc ….. just great.

        • Ahh, Mike Kane, I see you’re one of those people that jump on a hatred bandwagon with only information from someone else. Have you ever tried to use a Novel?

  2. Will this open platform be better than the one on the pandigital site?

  3. sixty dollars, sweet! I got one, is the open platform on there site the code everyone is talking about?

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