6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Pandigital Novel

About Video Transcript

First Look: Pandigital Novel

1:30 /

From the company better known for its digital photo frames comes the Pandigital Novel e-book reader, which features a 7-inch color touch screen and access to the Barnes & Noble online bookstore.

[ Music ] >> Donald Bell: Hey, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com, and today we're taking a first look at the Pandigital Novel. This is an eBook Reader with a seven-inch color touchscreen and a low price of $199. The main menu offers a view of integrated bookstore, your own book library, and a dashboard of apps. Out of the box, you get options for music, photos, videos as well as a web browser, calendar, and e-mail. One of the most notable features here is the ability to browse and shop for eBooks from Barnes and Noble dot com. You can connect the Novel over WiFi, but unlike eReaders such as the Kindle or Nook, there's no cellular capabilities built in. You also don't get the anti-glare benefits of reading an e ink display since the Novel uses a color LCD. That said, for $199, the Novel packs a surprising amount of features in a thin, lightweight design. On the top here, you'll notice an SD card slot that accepts up to 32 gigabytes of external memory to complement the one gigabyte of memory that's built in. You also get a headphone jack, volume control, and a USB port. When you connect this to your computer, you can transfer any eBooks or documents you have in an ePub, PDF, or HTML format. You can also load any mp3's, photos, or a handful of video formats. As an eBook Reader, you can perform common tasks such as enlarging the font, highlighting text, and bookmarking. You also get a built-in dictionary and a nighttime reading mode that inverts the [music] text color. So that's the Pandigital Novel, a full-color, $199 eBook Reader running the Barnes and Nobel bookstore. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. [ Music ]

New releases

Tomorrow Daily 092: Mistletoe drones, Europa in HD, real-life bacon meme, and more
24:11 November 25, 2014
On today's show, we debate the usefulness of drones inside restaurants (especially drones carrying mistletoe), check out Europa in...
Play video
Amazon Echo: a wireless speaker you can talk to
3:11 November 25, 2014
We go hands-on with Amazon's new Echo smart speaker and its Alexa voice assistant, who might just be Siri's better-sounding twin s...
Play video
2015 Mercedes Benz C400 4MATIC
4:58 November 25, 2014
The C Class is all-new and it's time to stop looking down your nose.
Play video
Can anything save Google Glass?
3:16 November 25, 2014
Google's first wearable platform has lost its edge with users and developers. You won't have a Cartier Android watch anytime soon,...
Play video
Alienware Alpha bridges the PC/console gaming divide
2:38 November 25, 2014
This gaming desktop looks and acts like a living room console, but plays your PC game library.
Play video
How Apple Pay and PayPal can help shoppers avoid hacks
1:37 November 25, 2014
What's the best way to protect yourself when shopping online? CNET's Sumi Das explains how to keep your credit card details away from...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,586: Giving thanks to tech, Jurassic World, BlackBerry Hail Mary (podcast)
35:21 November 25, 2014
It's our last show before Thanksgiving and the guys are discuss what tech they're thankful for.
Play video
Conquer Black Friday by shopping online
2:55 November 25, 2014
There's no shame in staying home when online deals are aplenty on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Bridget Carey highlights trends in...
Play video