I’m going to half to give my recommendation in 2 parts.
If you want a tablet/ereader, get the white Novel. It’s already been hacked and it simply has better hardware. I broke the touchscreen layer on the black Novel, and given the hardware design there’s a very good chance that this defect is shared other black Novels.
On the other hand, I’m really beginning to be turned off of tablet/ereaders as a group. Neither Novel does anything with the touchscreen that really makes it worth having. I think you should get either the Kindle or Nook instead of the Novel. They have Wifi and a browser, and they also both have better battery life.
P.S. I should probably clarify what I mean by tablet/ereader. I have several tablets and I have read on most of them. But they are tablets first and ereaders second. With the Novel it’s the other way around. That was not a good idea, IMO.
Just because you can read on a tablet doesn’t mean you should turn a tablet into an ereader.