Pandigital Novel e-book reader recalled for likely firmware update

Summary:Pandigital got ahead of itself a bit with the speedy release of the Novel e-book reader, as the devices are being recalled already.The Novel e-reader debuted back in May, and then it was released shortly thereafter in June at both Kohl's and JCPenney's.

Pandigital got ahead of itself a bit with the speedy release of the Novel e-book reader, as the devices are being recalled already.

The Novel e-reader debuted back in May, and then it was released shortly thereafter in June at both Kohl's and JCPenney's. Both sites brought the cost down after initially having price tags that were higher than previously expected.

Now, according to The Digital Reader, Kohl's has already recalled the 7-inch color device due to what appears to be a firmware fix rather than a hardware issue. Never fear as customers can still get a full refund. And now if you go over to the Novel product profile on Kohl's website, you can't even find the device listed anymore. JCPenney's still got it available, however, but probably not for much longer if they're smart about it.

No word on when the updated Novel will be back on the shelves. Have you bought a Pandigital Novel already, and if so, have you had problems with it?

Topics: Tech Industry

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