Pandigital Novel – Worth the Buy

This past Christmas was one of the best I’ve had for several reasons.

The first reason is because of the FlyLady Holiday Control Journal. While I didn’t follow it exactly, though I did try my best, what I did do made a huge difference in my overall experience this holiday season. For once, I felt relaxed, which was a definite change of pace. I have high hopes that next Christmas will be even better.

The second reason this was one of the best holidays to date was because of my children. My son is at an age (3), where he’s full of enthusiasm and ready to go, go, go. His sister, though she is almost 9, still believes in Santa Clause and magic elves, which, to me, is fantastic. Kids are forced to grow up so quickly these days, so it’s nice to see my daughter still filled with innocence. I know there’s a good possibility that next year she won’t believe, and that makes me sad. I want to keep her young and innocent forever. Because I knew that next year may not hold the same magic for her, I appreciated this year more.

The third reason I was so blessed this Christmas is because my mom and dad bought me a Pandigital Novel. I had mentioned in passing to my mom that I would like an eReader but that it would be awhile since there were other things we needed to take care of before I could splurge on something like that. Imagine my surprise when I opened one of the presents from my parents to find my very own eReader.

To top if all off, my brother gave me a Barnes & Noble gift certificate, which meant I was able to go hog wild and buy a bunch of books, as well as download free ones. For those that don’t know me well, a bookstore, whether it be online or in person, is like a candystore to me. So many treats to choose from. Oh my! (Yes, I’m a book junkie.)

Aside from being able to read on my Novel, I also love that I can access my email, and Facebook, as well as the internet. In addition, if I’m so inclined, I can even do my TQA work on it.

For the most part, my Novel has worked well. There have been issues, though, when updating My Library. After the first two updates, I started receiving the message “Sorry, something wrong has happened”. Nice, huh? Does that message bug anyone else as much as it does me? It doesn’t sound like the most professional of messages. But what do I know?

The problem that occurs  following that message is that I can’t see any of the covers to the books/short stories that I’ve downloaded. It’s just the title, which is a bit of a pain and definitely not pleasing to the eye. Sure, I could restore my Novel to its factory settings, but then I’d have to redownload everything. And well, I’m too damn lazy to. Maybe I will at some point, though. Just not today.

Another minor inconvenience that I’ve  experienced is the speed that the pages turn. Occasionally, the pages are a bit sluggish and take several swipes of the finger or stylus before they’ll advance to the next page. But that’s a small issue that I can live with. It certainly doesn’t deter me from using it.

Other than those issues, I really like my Novel. And I can’t wait to read more on it. If you have any suggestions for books to download, please feel free to leave me a comment. I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to my taste in books, so I’m open to any suggestions that you may have.

If you are looking for books suggestions, stay tuned. I will FINALLY be adding my GoodReads widget soon so you can peruse the books that I recommend.

Also, make sure to stop back here within the next couple of days to read a review of two short stories that I read the other day on my handy dandy Novel.

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  1. Jill says:

    I have a Kindle and love it. We are tech geeks around here… iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, Kindles, you name it. I love that I have access to Amazon for Kindle purchases, but it would be nice to be able to do more from my Kindle, instead of swapping from the iPad to the Kindle.

    Is the Novel back lit I’m assuming? I’ve never seen one, though I did check out the Nook, which looked cool.

    ... on July January 3rd, 2011
  2. Nikki says:

    Yes, it is backlit.

    I know the Novel has gotten some crappy reviews from some, but for the price and what it’s capable of, I think it’s a worthy investment.

    ... on July January 3rd, 2011
  3. joeyjamie says:

    Apparently there is a way to take Kindle books and convert them to be used with other eReaders. If you can figure out how to do this, you can join a facebook group called Free Books for Kindle. Some are great, others are horrible. You can fill up your eReader quickly though getting these books. Also, goodgle free books for the pandigital novel. I have a feeling you will find quite a few. Enjoy! I have Kindle for my Blackberry and love it. I would love to have the bigger one, but the money just isn’t there especially as one of my goals for the year is to get out of debt.

    ... on July January 4th, 2011
  4. Nikki says:

    I’ve been wondering if there was a way to do that. B&N has their own free book section, but it’s only 5 pages. So of course I’d like to find other places to get them from. I did look at Amazon’s list, and I did see a ton I want to read. But I’ve yet to figure out how to convert them.

    I also found a few sites that have free books, but a lot of them are older. I’ve read most of the classics, so I’m aiming for newer ones. Although, there are a few that I wouldn’t mind reading again.

    ... on July January 4th, 2011
  5. Daisy says:

    Sounds like a fantastic Christmas. I do flylady now and then when I’m overwhelmed with life and I start to get behind. She gets me back on track. I feel like I need to go join up again for awhile.

    I don’t have an ereader but people really seem to love them. Enjoy!

    ... on July January 4th, 2011
  6. Bailey says:

    Some of the greatest gifts are when people surprise you with something you casually discussed and never expected to get. My Aunt found something for DH and I for Christmas that my Aunt and I had been shopping for, but never seen in any of the stores we were at while out. I had moved on to regular Christmas shopping in the fall and stopped looking. New Year’s Eve we were able to exchange gifts and DH and I were stunned to find she not only located, but bought it for us. It was not something we expected her to do, but she got as much pleasure finding us the perfect gift as we have in using it.

    ... on July January 4th, 2011
  7. Nikki says:

    I completely agree. I’m usually pretty lucky when it comes to my mom and dad because they really do pay attention to me when I talk. I have a lot of the same interests as my dad, so he and I are on the same wavelength. Even so, to know that my mom remembered and bought something that would have taken me forever to buy because I hate splurging just means so much. I tend to forget about myself in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so I tend to go without a good portion of the time. Now I can treat myself with new books for cheap…while not cluttering up the house. Score!

    ... on July January 4th, 2011
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