Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks transfer
ideas from paper to screen

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Stationery brand Moleskine has created a series of notebooks for use with a Livescribe smartpen to turn notes written on the pages into digital files (+ slideshow).

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

The Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks are designed to work with the Livescribe 3 smartpen, which connects to iOS devices via Bluetooth and sends each pen stroke in real time to an app.

Motion sensors in the pen record the position and movements made by the writer, which are translated into digital images of each page that can be viewed on smartphone and tablet devices.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

The pen also allows the user to record audio while writing, a process that can be started, paused or stopped by tapping the pen nib on icons at the bottom left corner of the notebook pages.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

In the bottom right corner are icons for starring, flagging and tagging the notes to organise them within the app.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

"Far from disappearing, handwriting is developing into new forms," said Moleskine cofounder Maria Sebregondi in a statement. "We're creating tools and services which bridge analog and digital methods for a more seamless experience."

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

The notebooks feature typical Moleskine design elements including round corners, a ribbon bookmark and elastic closure. The lined paper is ivory-coloured and acid-free.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

Livescribe versions come with an expandable inner pocket containing two bookmarks printed with smartpen instructions.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

The ballpoint Livescribe 3 pen writes in black ink and is charged via a Micro USB cable.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

Livescribe's Sky wifi smartpen, which syncs notes and audio with Evernote, and Echo model that uploads to a computer or laptop via wired USB connection are also compatible with the notebooks.

Moleskine notebook by Livescribe

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  • Exercised book

    I’ve never understood the obsession with overpriced notebooks. I get the benefits of this new version, but I bet it’s extra expensive for no good reason just like the originals.

    • noto

      I don’t mind overpriced if the quality is amazing, but I’ve seen quite a few dirt-cheap notebooks with better paper.

      That said, the icon things in the corner of the notebook seem pretty nifty.

  • Marc-André


  • Ivy S

    Marketing, it’s not even the original French version.

  • Harley

    Does it come with a felt tip pen? Choice of ink colour? The ability to swap a pen in and out of the Bluetooth device would be better, allowing people to use whatever pen they prefer to write with.

  • Jonathan Tuffin

    You could always just draw on a regular piece of paper then take a picture of it with your phone.

    • Katsudon

      Ok, but just say it! This is cool stuff ;)

  • The Liberty Disciple

    It has three icons and instructions printed in it. It’s not really a digital notebook. This is all from the pen.