Hack the Pandigital Novel 7″ White eBook Reader

by pfalor on April 22, 2011

During the holiday season, a new player to the electronic book reader (eReader) Market, Pandigital, introduced the Pandigital Novel 7-inch eReader.  After a little bit of investigation, it became clear that the Pandigital Novel, powered by the Android OS, was a perfect candidate for a droid hack.  The Pandigital Novel eBook Reader runs a stripped down version of Android OS 2.0, Eclair, but is sporting a Samsung 800MHz processor, so with a simple hack, it can be converted into a full blown Android-tablet complete with Market access.  Will the hacked Pandigital Novel eBooks Reader replace your iPad?  I’ll leave up to you after trying the hack, but it certainly is a strong contender given the low cost of entry.

How to hack the Pandigital Novel eReader…

So you have this great new electronic book reader for less than $200, but with some simple hacks, it becomes so much more.  First download this file and copy it to your Pandigital Novel’s external SD card.  Turn off your Novel eBook Reader and prepare for the flashing process.  To initiate the flash, hold the volume up key on the right hand side of the unit while simultaneously holding the power on switch on the top left.  Hold both buttons for about 5 seconds until you see the small droid appear on the Pandigital’s screen.  The flashing process will take anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes and the device will reboot automatically.  When it reboots, you’ll be running a full-blown tablet that is already rooted with tons of driver and system optimizations.  From here, the possibilities are endless.

Technical Specs of the Pandigital Novel 7-inch eReader

  • Built-In Memory Storage Capacity: 1GB
  • Display Size: 7.0
  • Maximum Resolution: 800 x 600
  • Wireless Technology: Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Input Medium: Keyboard Entry
  • Input Type: Mini-USB
  • Output Type: Mini USB, Speaker
  • USB 2.0 Ports: 1
  • Dimensions: Length: 7.52 “; Width: 9.53 “; Depth: 3.03″
  • Product Weight: 2.22 Lb.
  • MSRP: $199.99 (but can be easily found for $150 or less with stealthy searching)

If you need any help with this hack or future hacks on the Pandigital Novel eBook Reader, leave a comment.  I am actually the developer behind this particular hack, so if you need additional assistance or details, you can view the full release info and instructions over at Slatedroid.  Good luck and enjoy this simple droid hack.

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