Digital photo frame maker bringing color to e-books with new reader

Pandigital, a company that specialises in digital photo frames is set to release a $199.99 color e-book reader.

The company unveiled its e-reader on May 24, highlighting the benefits of its compact new book reading device.

Pandigital Novel is a seven inch e-reader that comes with integrated access to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore.

The device is well positioned in the quickly-expanding e-reader market; it is slightly smaller (and much more affordable) than Apple's 9 inch touchscreen tablet and lets consumers read magazines, books and rich multimedia in full color, unlike Amazon's grayscale Kindle.

In addition to its full color LCD touchscreen (800 x 600 resolution) display, the book reading device comes with WiFi connectivity, multimedia capabilities and up to six hours of battery life.

Like Archos' Home 7 tablet, the Pandigital Novel is powered by Android, giving users access to social media sites, news, and weather. People can also use the e-reader to check their email with the built-in email app, view photos and video files and keep up to date with their appointments with the on board calendar and alarm clock.

There is 1GB of on board memory that can be expanded via the device's SD/MMC memory card slot (supports cards up to 32GB) and users can transfer files using the built-in mini-USB port.

Pandigital have formed a partnership with the world's largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble (B&N), enabling readers to access and shop for the more than one million e-books, magazines and newspapers on the B&N eBookstore. Users can also download a large variety of free e-books and more than half a million free classics from the store.

In late 2009 B&N unveiled a split screen e-reading device that combined a smaller color touchscreen with an energy-saving e-ink screen called the Nook. Despite offering their own e-reader Barnes & Noble are keen to see their content on e-reading devices across the board. The company has recently released mobile and PC B&N e-reading applications that enable consumers to read their e-books on a range of different devices.

Mary Ellen Keating, a Barnes & Noble spokesperson, told CNET, "Barnes & Noble's strategy is to offer our content on multiple platforms, so we're happy to power this new device and others. Nook is a dedicated eReading device with key design, reading and in-store features that are innovative, immersive and exciting for our customers. We don't believe our continued work with third-party partners will have any effect on our continued strong Nook sales."

The Pandigital Novel is priced at $199.99 and will be released in to retailers across the US in June.

http://www.pandigital.net/pandigitalnovel

News
Ross Burden pictured in 2002
people
News
scienceHad asteroid hit earlier or later in history, the creatures might have survived, say scientists
News
President Obama, one of the more enthusiastic users of the fist bump
scienceBumping fists rather than shaking hands could reduce the spread of infectious diseases, it is claimed
Voices
voices
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
Life and Style
Upright, everything’s all right (to a point): remaining on one’s feet has its health benefits – though in moderation
HealthIf sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Griffin holds forth in The Simpsons Family Guy crossover episode
arts + ents
Sport
Laura Trott with her gold
Commonwealth GamesJust 48 hours earlier cyclist was under the care of a doctor
Arts and Entertainment
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
arts + entsFilmmaker posted a picture of Israeli actress Gal Gadot on Twitter
News
Bryan had a bracelet given to him by his late father stolen during the raid
people
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
Pedro Pascal gives a weird look at the camera in the blooper reel
arts + entsPrince Oberyn nearly sets himself on fire with a flaming torch
News
Danny Nickerson, 6, has received 15,000 cards and presents from well-wishers around the world
newsDanny loves to see his name on paper, so his mother put out a request for cards - it went viral
Sport
France striker Loic Remy
sportThe QPR striker flew to Boston earlier in the week to complete deal
News
Orville and Keith Harris. He covered up his condition by getting people to read out scripts to him
People
Arts and Entertainment
Zoe Saldana stars in this summer's big hope Guardians of the Galaxy
filmHollywood's summer blockbusters are no longer money-spinners
Arts and Entertainment
O'Shaughnessy pictured at the Unicorn Theatre in London
tvFiona O'Shaughnessy explains where she ends and her strange and wonderful character begins
Life and Style
Workers in Seattle are paid 100 times as much as workers in Bangladesh
fashionSeattle company lets customers create their own clothes, then click 'buy' and wait for delivery
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    SAP Finance Systems Analyst

    competitive: Progressive Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a PE...

    JavaScript Developer (Angular, AJAX, TDD, HTML5, ExtJS) London

    £45000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: JavaScript Dev...

    C# Graduate Developer (SQL Server, ASP.Net, .Net)

    £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Graduate De...

    C# RAD Developer (C++, .Net, Quant, Pricing, VBA, Excel) London

    £75000 - £100000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# RAD Develo...

    Day In a Page

    A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

    A new Russian revolution

    Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
    Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

    Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

    The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
    Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

    Standing my ground

    If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

    Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

    Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
    Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

    Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

    The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
    The man who dared to go on holiday

    The man who dared to go on holiday

    New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

    Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

    For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
    The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

    The Guest List 2014

    Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
    Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

    Jokes on Hollywood

    With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
    It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

    It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

    Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
    Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

    Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

    Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
    Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

    Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

    Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014

    The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
    Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

    Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

    The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried