Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine combines high tech with traditional notes

Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine combines high tech with traditional notes

Summary: As good as Evernote is on mobile devices, many of us still find writing out notes in a notebook to be the preferred method for meetings, idle time, and being creative. The upcoming Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine looks to be the best of both worlds.

TOPICS: Mobility

Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine combines high tech with traditional notes

Evernote is one of am all-time favorite applications and one aspect that makes it so compelling is discovering new ways to use the service. Thus, I was quite pleased to read about the upcoming new Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. This new product combines the best of traditional note taking with the latest in technology to offer a compelling note taking solution. You purchase a special Moleskine notebook that has integrated dot patterns for optimal Evernote recognition functionality.

You can purchase the Moleskine with ruled or squared paper and in pocket (3.5 x 5.5 inches) or large (5 x 8.25 inches) and they come with a cool looking Evernote front cover. I purchased a pocket one to try out and look forward to the planned 1 October shipment date. At this time, the optimal Evernote support application is for iOS, but like their Evernote client I am sure it will be coming to Android in the near future as well.

After you get a Smart Notebook, you then take your notes with a pen just like you would with any other pen and notebook. You can use the included smart stickers to have the mobile application with Page Camera utility automatically file your notes into selected folders that match the smart stickers. Evernote also includes a code in the back of the Smart Notebook for a free three-month Evernote premium subscription. I have been a premium subscriber for years, but this is a great idea to help people see the value of the service. The iOS Page Camera utility optimizes capturing of pages into Evernote where the dot patterns make alignment perfect.


You can check out this series of pages explaining all the details of the new Smart Notebook. You can use a regular notebook now and capture the pages with Evernote, but the Smart Notebook offers further optimization, don't forget that cool cover, to make note capturing even better than it already is with Evernote.

Topic: Mobility

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  • Of course...

    You could get a tablet or phone that supports a real digital pen and do it the right way...

    But then it wouldn't an iDevice - would it?
    The Werewolf!
  • Don't Deny These Are Cool - But 4x More Costly Than LiveScribe Paper?

    I'm not saying I won't get one of these - but I see a very niche market at the price point that they're offering.

    For $25 you can pick up a bundle of 4 notebooks that offer similar functionality used by LiveScribe (Note: I am not implying these notebooks could be used by Evernote - rather just price comparison for similar functionality).

    I'm also not sold on the price point of the business accounts Evernote is going to introduce at $10 per user per month.

    Both these items seem to be priced about 3x what I'd expect to pay. Let's see what the market says.
    • Great concept, nutty price

      Evernote is an absolute leader in the category of "look how we can make money while most people don't pay anything". I gladly use the Premium account; for what I get, it's a bargain. But one of these notebooks costs more than half of an annual Premium account. Yes, the cover is cool and the stickers are an interesting bonus (I have my doubts that they will see much use beyond day 2 of ownership). I understand the lines/dots are optimized for Evernote, but is a nice cover and some stickers worth $25-30? Not to me. At $10 I would still be thinking hard about whether I really need one of these. The new page photo feature in iOS seems to be working just fine with regular paper.
      • RE: Great concept, nutty price

        A plain Moleskine is already 12 bucks a pop for pocket-sized. It seems a little silly to expect a product with more features to sell for only $10.

        Of course, if you're looking to save as much money as you can, then you wouldn't be buying Moleskine in the first place, would you?
      • ridiculous expectations

        sure, you can get a notebook for like $5. you can probably find one at the dollar store. but will it be the same quality as moleskine? no. moleskines are already pricey because they will last a very long time and are very high quality, expecting one that is not only that but is also extremely compatible with a program and comes with stickers and comes with 3 months of membership to be the same price as a cheap one is ridiculous.
        Emmy Lee