Ask LH: Why Would I Use The Evernote Moleskine Notebook?

Ask LH: Why Would I Use The Evernote Moleskine Notebook?

Dear Lifehacker, I often use Evernote, but I cannot fully get away from pen and paper merely for speed and portability. I have been considering buying the Evernote Moleskine notebook however I dont really understand the advantage. Is there some kind of benefit for the Evernote Moleskine notebook compared to taking photos of notes and posting them to Evernote? Are the stickers the sole advantage? Thanks, Ever Curious

Dear EC,

The Evernote Moleskine notebook allows your handwritten pages to be auto-tagged, searched and backed up in the cloud as Evernote notes — it’s basically a marriage between analogue and digital that attempts to provide the best of both worlds. While it’s possible to transport any handwriting to your Evernote account, the Evernote Moleskine notebook uses specially patterned lines which allows the software to more easily recognize your writing and what’s on the page. Below is a video that goes into the benefits in more detail:

Each notebook also includes a redemption code for three free months of Evernote Premium, which offers more upload capacity, bigger notes, offline notebooks on mobile and faster image recognition. If you’ve already signed to this service, you won’t be charged again until your complimentary credits are consumed.

And that’s about it. We really wouldn’t call Evernote Moleskine essential — but if you’re a fan of the service and prefer the sophistication of Moleskine to paper pads, it could prove to be a handy investment.

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  • The cheapest one is $29.95 (from the evernote Aus store, i’m sure you could get it cheaper). Once you take away $16.50 for the premium (assuming you buy it anyway), they aren’t all that expensive I guess.

    Has anyone who’s used it know if it improves handwriting recognition by much? I have pretty poor handwriting, and evernote is doing well to read almost anything a scrawl on a page.

  • Evernote have bought Penultimate – which is an awesome app that allows you to create multiple notebooks and upload them to evernote if that would be something to resolve your issue of getting away from pen & paper.

  • check out whitelines notepads. Similar thing, but the lines dont show up. Also if you use their app, you can upload to evernote, dropbox and email.

  • Don’t do it. The super dark lines (I guess they’re there to make it easier to scan the page) makes the notebook next to useless since it’s so hard to read from. Forget about using a pen – the only thing you can write in this notebook with is a sharpie.

    Yeah – I bought one and I’m not a fan.

  • How do you print from the Internet, into the bound book?
    Seriously – I have a stack of PDF’s that I’d love to collate into a bound booklet.

      • Sorry – I’m not ready for a whole book yet. I want to print a few pages, write some notes… maybe cross out a few lines, then re-print in the same book.
        What I’m thinking of is: a printer that can print into a pre-bound book, like the Moleskine. There are book scanners that hold a book open at 90 degrees, and scan each page. I want to do a similar thing, but print.

        So far, the closest I have come is the concept of a “passbook” printer, used to update bank account balances in a passbook.

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