I will not be reviewing the Pandigital Novel Personal eReader

Pandigital announced this ereader last month.  It’s based on a 6″ Sipix screen, and it has Wifi 2GB Flash, a capacitive touchscreen, a microSD card slot, as well as a web browser, Sudoku, and support for B&N ebookstore.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I cannot review this ereader fairly; I have a fundamental objection to the horrible screen.

The Novel Personal eReader shipped with a first generation Sipix screen. This is literally the worst epaper screen on the market. The background of the screen is a light gray, not white. Do you want to know how gray the screen is? Last week I took a picture that compared this ereader with my original Kindle and the Kindle had a whiter screen. Think about all the complaints about the Kindle’s screen; this Sipix screen is worse. They really should have held the technology for another year or so.

I don’t think anyone should buy an ereader that uses this screen. You will have a much better experience with an E-ink screen. And yes, my recommendation applies to all Sipix screens. I’ve heard a similar complaint about the Thalia Oyo (it also has a Sipix screen). Someone even took a picture which shows the grayness of the screen.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Zigwalski2 November, 2010

    Good thing that you did not review it since you already told everyone not to buy it.

  2. Mike Cane2 November, 2010

    Bah. Review it. We know how bad the screen is now. But what’s it like in its book functions?

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