As much as we rely on apps to keep life organized, it'll never replace the charm of jotting down inspiration in a simple notebook. Perhaps realizing this, legends of both the digital and analog worlds, Evernote and Moleskine, are teaming up for the new Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine ($25, pocket size; $30, large). Notes taken on the special dotted paper of the Evernote Smart Moleskine notebook can now be easily transferred to a phone through the iOS app's new Page Camera feature. Take a picture of a doodle or notes, and it'll be updated to the rest of your Evernote account. The notebook also comes with stickers that, when used with the app, tag and customize specific points in your notes. Check out the gallery for this new world of note taking.
I know I was lamenting earlier about how I don't put pen to paper much these days, when out of the blue comes the lust-worthy Limited Edition Moleskine Pac-Man collection. It's enough to make me run out and buy an economy-sized pack of ballpoints from the Back to School section at Target!
On sale and ranging in price from $10 for the smaller ruled pocket on up to $20 for the large gift set, you'll be ready to take notes in class, sketch, or draft your way into handwritten bliss. The only problem? Hand cramps. Moving from the keyboard back to a pen is kinda painful, don't you think?
So you've disguised your iPad to look like a Moleskine with a DodoCase. What's next? Naturally it's time to cover your Kindle in a Moleskine Kindle cover ($40), you techie hipster you. The luscious case looks just like a large Moleskine journal and houses a reporter-style plain notebook opposite your Kindle so you can read Jane Eyre and journal in the same place.
That's right folks, even in this age of BlackBerries, Treos and iPhones, the old school Moleskine notebook is making a comeback. According to Buzz Feed, my source for all things hip and hot, leather-bound notebooks are gaining a cult following as a low-tech PDA. GTD freaks and creative types - and those who are both - love the mini form factor of the Moleskine.
Sure, they don't have spell check, a web browser, calendar and built in calculator, but Moleskine notebooks (pronounced 'mol-a-skeen'-a') offer a place for us to exercise our most important geek muscle: our minds. Of course it helps that Moleskine journals have a history of popularity with artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers. How trendy are they? Companies like Moleskine US have gotten into the game by creating collection after collection of notebooks, including a line named after trendy cities like Paris, Prague, Rome, New York City and Barcelona. They cost $16.