Moleksine, the makers of fine notebooks favored by novelists and people who like to be considered novelists, are perhaps the last company one would expect to go digital. And in a way, they haven’t. Their new Livescribe notebooks are still made of paper and ink, and don’t need to be plugged in in order to be used. As with all creative endeavors, the power isn’t in the paper, but in the pen.
Moleskine Livescribe Notebook $29.95
The new notebooks have been specially designed to interact with the Livescribe 3 pens and their related iOS apps. Write with the Livescribe pen on the Livescribe Moleskine, and your notes and doodles are digitally converted to the iOS device of your choice, thanks to a barely-visible grid of dots on the paper’s surface. Moleskin has also printed “record,” “pause,” and “stop,” icons in the corner of every page, which allow users to access the Livescribe’s recording functions with just a tap.
Livescribe 3 Smartpen $149.95
Livescribe has it’s own paper, of course, but those spiralbound monstrosities don’t carry near the style or panache of the Moleskin versions. No one’s ever going to think you’re a novelist with one of those.
So, is this the great innovation you were hoping for? Or is it best for an old paper company not to learn new tricks?