So which Pandigital Novel do you have ?

I’ve come across a lot of confusion lately about Pandigital’s line of ereaders/tablets/what-have-you. I decided it was past time that I wrote out a careful explanation about some of the problems Novel owners have had.  There are about 5 different questions that have come up and they all have the same cause.

You see, the Pandigital Novel isn’t a single device; it’s actually 5 different devices, all of which are the Pandigital Novel. The 5 Novels use different firmwares. That’s because The 5 Novels are based on very different hardware.

If you’re wondering why they did this, well, I don’t have a clue.

At one point I had worked out a set of nicknames for the Novels, but since they released the 5th model my system no longer works. My nicknames for the first 4 Novels were:

  • White (7″ LCD screen, white shell)
  • Black (7″ LCD screen, black shell)
  • E-reader (6″ Sipix screen, white shell)
  • Nine Inch (9″ LCD screen, black shell)

I’m going to have to drop the nicknames, unfortunately, because the 5th Novel comes in 4 different colors (white, black, red, blue). As you can imagine, people are trying to install the firmware from the white Novel on the 5th Novel. It doesn’t work, of course. Fortunately it doesn’t break the 5th Novel, either.

There’s another serious problem caused by the naming confusion. As you can tell from the list above, the 9″ Novel is black. This has led people to think that the firmware that Pandigital offers for the Black Novel will also work on the 9″ Novel. It doesn’t. The black Novel and the 9″ Novel might look similar but they do not use the same firmware. Unfortunately, trying to install the firmware seriously fucks up the 9″ Novel.

So how do you tell which Novel you have?

The Nine Inch Novel is obviously bigger and the E-reader clearly has a grayscale screen, so it’s easy to tell those 2 apart from the rest. But for the other 3 Novels we’re stuck with using the model numbers. This is unfortunate because the firmwares offered for download aren’t listed by the model number; in fact, there’s nothing on Pandigital’s website other than the images of the original black and white Novels.

The 5th Novel is the easiest to identify. Look on the bottom of the retail box for the model number. It should read something like xxx07T40xxxx. That “40” is how you can tell that this is a color Novel. It means you have a Novel with 4GB Flash, which can only be the 5th Novel.

If you don’t see the 40, then you likely have one of the Black or White Novels. The difference should be obvious.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor 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. J26 December, 2010

    I have a Nine Inch and it has a color display

  2. […] BTW, I’m talking about the Pantigital Novel with a 6″ Sipix screen, not the LCD models. If you’re confused by the naming convention, this might help. […]

  3. jer30 December, 2010

    In using my pandigital to surf the web. I have bookmarked some sites I like, and now I don’t know how to delete them. I have read the instructions but it seems that I don’t have a tab nexted to these bookmarks to highlight to delet. can some one help me?

  4. thecraze3 January, 2011

    I have the nine inch color novel. I like it because I didn’t spend a small fortune on an overpriced ereader(ipad). I installed Spare Parts Android turned the window animation and transition down, now things run smoother.

  5. BBC08 January, 2011

    Hold your finger on the icon and drag it towards the program page tab. The tab will turn orange and have a garbage bin graphic appear. Drop the icon there and it will be deleted.

  6. Phyllis5 March, 2011

    I upgraded my White 7 inch Pandigital to Android and then downloaded the Kindle for Android app. I was able to access my account and my archived books were added but when I try to open them I get an invalid book message please delete and try again. Anything I can do?

  7. Dew19 March, 2011

    I’ve got the 7″ color “multimedia” one, in QVC purple. My niece dropped it and now there’s a crack in the upper left corner. Makes navigating difficult but it still works.

    I then bought the 9″ one to replace in error. Too long and only the Pandigital store has a cover for it. At least it was on sale and ended up cheaper than the 7″ even having to buy a $40 cover.

    And thank you for the heads up on the firmware updates.

  8. alisha9 April, 2012

    i have the e-reader and i got screwed. i can’t download any books except from the over priced Barns & Noble and i tried a different site but it wont let me download them can someone help me?

  9. Gary O3 August, 2012

    I have found a great use for the 7″ black unit. After many unsuccessful attempts at flashing, I gave up and found this use.
    I started the unit, set it downrange and used it as a target for my 9mm.

    End of frustrations.

  10. Claude1 December, 2013

    My daughter has a 6″ pandigital, and forgot her passcode. What can we do to fix this?

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 December, 2013

      I don’t know, sorry.

    2. Robert30 December, 2013

      You can attempt to restore it from the recovery system. Press volume up key and power button for a moment until you see activity on the screen. Follow directions for restoring to factory configuration. If you want to completely “root” the device so you can install any application and not be tied to manufacturers application sites, etc. then follow this instruction. It worked on my Pandigital Star, but I can’t accept any responsibility if it doesn’t work for you, okay.? Scour the net for a file called “”. Copy it to your sd card. Get into recovery using volume up key and power button together, until you see activity on the screen. Follow directions for doing a factory restore, which will make it a brand new shiny device, as it was, out of the box.


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