Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks transfer
ideas from paper to screen


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

  • 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.

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  • 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 ;)

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

  • lairdp

    The article got a key detail wrong. The Livescribe pen tracks movement using a camera that detects tiny dots in the paper, so it automatically knows what page of what notebook you’re writing on, and exactly where on the page. That requires the paper to have the tiny tracking dots printed on it, which is what makes this notebook Livescribe compatible.

    The Livescribe pen uses a ballpoint ink cartridge that’s either black or blue, medium of fine tip. Or you can fit a standard ballpoint refill in if you cut it to length. The ‘magic’ isn’t in the ink, but in the pen body.

    Generally, Livescribe notebooks are well made and about average price for that quality. The Livescribe Moleskine is a little more expensive than the Professional Moleskine. But if it’s worth buying a $100+ digital pen to make sure that your notes are digitized and searchable, it may well be worth spending $29 for a Moleskine instead of a $9 spiral bound notebook.

    Personally I like writing in a hardbound notebook that’s pocket sized, with elastic to hold it closed and a pocket for receipts and such, and Moleskine did it first and best. The cheap copies all feel (and write) like cheap copies.

    But if you want to use Livescribe and economize, Moleskine isn’t what you want. :-)