Evernote and Moleskine Partner on 'Smart Notebooks'


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Apr 12, 2001

The new Evernote Smart Notebook bridges the divide between digital and analog by giving Evernote users the option to take physical notes in a special Moleskine notebook and then easily importing those notes into the Evernote app.

The notebook is $24.95 and allows a new Page Camera feature in Evernote to take photos of a page and have it immediately available and searchable in Evernote.
The Smart Notebook also comes with stickers that you can use to specify a certain tag or notebook, so that when you take a picture of a page the app will automatically sort it properly. We're not exactly sure how the scanning is better than Evernote's standard character recognition, but the Smart Notebook sounds like a great tool for Evernote die-hards.
The Evernote Smart Notebook is available for preorder for $24.95 and $29.95 in small and large sizes.

This isn't the first time Evernote has done something unique to combine online and offline. Last year it released the Evernote Peek, the first iPad Smart Cover app. The app uses the iPad Smart Cover to create virtual flash cards for studying.

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macrumors 68000
Dec 8, 2006
Will it work with a normal notebook, or is there something special about the Evernote notebook?
Good question. I'm thinking perhaps it's just a plain old (and lovely!) Moleskine notebook with $12.00 of value added in to the price, which is the Evernote Premium 3 month subscription ($4/month) included with every notebook.

If you like Moleskine and Evernote, this is pretty cool; if you're on a budget, a simple notepad and basic Evernote will perform basically the same function.


macrumors 65816
Jan 12, 2010
I don't get it. I could take a picture of my moleskine and upload it to Evernote now.


macrumors 604
Nov 5, 2009
It says that the notes are digitized, but I want to make sure I'm not thinking the wrong think.

When I write in this notebook, it uses the iPhones camera to recognize my handwriting and turn it to digital text, right? Text that I can copy and paste into other apps?
My guess is that it just takes a digital picture; the stickers I guess can help divide notes on the paper, but I believe they are still just a photo of the handwritten notes & do not get transformed into machine-made text.


macrumors 65816
Jul 26, 2011
As far as I can tell, there are two unique features of the Evernote Moleskine notebooks:

1. The pages are "ruled" with dotted lines that do not show up when scanned by Evernote

2. There are digital tags that make the notes searchable in Evernote.

Moleskines are great but even the regular ones are over-priced for what you get... The Evernote versions are way too expensive.

Coincidentally, I went to a Staples today to buy an alternative to Moleskine. I walked out with a Black and Red notebook: 140 pages, 24lb paper with perforations for easy removal. And it has a ribbon marker and elastic closure too, all for $6.99. I scan the pages into DEVONthink (think Evernote on steroids...) using a Fujitsu ScanSnap.