Deal: The $20 eReader is Here

eReaders, even ones with epaper screens, are getting cheaper and cheaper. There's at least one model with a 4.3" E-ink screen which is going to sell for $64 in Europe, but that's not the cheapest one I have found.

No, that honor belongs to a refurbished Pandigital Novel eReader. This device has a Sipix screen, Wifi, 2GB of storage and card slot, and today you can find it for $20 on 1SaleaDay.

Pandigital is probably regretting having ever released this ereader, but their loss is your gain.

This device launched back in 2010 with a retail of over $100 when new. I didn't think it was a good value then due to the poor quality screen (grayer than the original Kindle) and otherwise unremarkable features, but now I think it's great value.

I'm tempted to buy a dozen just to use them as coasters. Or I might give them away to hackers in order to encourage them to come up with clever ways to use them.

In any case, I think this is a great value. Go buy a couple for your kids.

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7 Comments

  1. Mike Cane27 October, 2012

    I wouldn’t recommend them even for $20. How sure are you they won’t drop dead within a month? Being aggravated like that is worth more than $20 to me. Stop buying cheap shit you’ll only soon regret.

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  2. cookie27 October, 2012

    I remember buing it when you announced it for $60 I think. I eneded up selling it on ebay for a loss a couple weeks later.

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  3. Kevin Short27 October, 2012

    It’s tempting to get one just for hacking purposes. But I’m planning on getting a Glo or a Paperwhite for hacking, and they blow this out of the water. But then, it’d be cool to have multiple e-ink displays to play with…

    It would be pretty neat to have an e-ink display by my computer, maybe displaying CPU and RAM usage, hard drive space, etc.

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  4. Thomas27 October, 2012

    This claims battery life of “up to 6 hours on a charge”. Does this mean e-paper screens use power at all times, or just when turning pages like e-ink? Six hours is pretty pathetic for an e-reader.

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    1. Kevin Short27 October, 2012

      The screen on this works basically the same as e-ink. It only uses power when changing pages. This device just has a poorer battery than most e-readers.

      It’s a myth that e-ink devices use no power except to change the page. True, the screen only uses power when changing pages, but the device itself is always using a small amount of power when it’s not turned off. It has to be ready and waiting for user input, as well as keeping the current book in memory.

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  5. Anne27 October, 2012

    My kids would not want one of those. They like tablets.

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  6. Stephen27 October, 2012

    IIRC, it is Linux based rather than Android, if that makes a difference to anyone looking to hack it.

    If I were looking for a new eReader this is not a bad deal, IMO.

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