This Moleskine automatically backs up to the iPad.

How? Well you use a Livescribe pen with it.

As you write, the pen can track your exact position on the paper.

And so your drawings on paper are backed up to your iPad.

You can also tag your images by hitting buttons on the paper.

And pull out bookmarks enable more functions, too! Granted, you can do this stuff with Livescribe's own notebook, but who wants to use that when you can write in a Moleskine?

This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper

Like to be creative on paper but hate the thought losing your best ideas? Moleskine may have a solution.

Ask companies like Adobe and Fiftythree, and they’ll tell you that tablets are the future of drawing. Give in, and get used to the concept of touching a stylus to your screen. Because as hardware and software get better, you’ll be able to create the sorts of things you can only dream about creating on paper.

Moleskine--the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive--has presented the vision of another possible future. Its new Livescribe Notebook ($30) appears to be a typical, tactile Moleksine. Except, when you write on it with a $150 Livescribe smartpen (a pen known for turning written, paper notes into typed, digital transcripts), your doodles and brainstorms are not only automatically backed up to an app, they’re also infused with the conveniences of digital-native technologies.

The pen is programmed with the exact lines, margins, and buttons of the Moleskine paper, so it always knows where the pen is hitting the paper, which opens the possibilities for a gee-whiz user experience. If you’d like to tag a sketch to pull up later, you simply tap onto one of three icons printed at the bottom the page--a star, flag, or tag--much like you might tap an icon in your Gmail inbox. If you’d like to record a verbal note alongside your sketch, there are play, pause, and record icons at the bottom of the page, too. Additionally, two pull-out bookmarks offer some logistical features as well, like letting you update your pen’s Wi-Fi settings (complete with password support), pairing your pen, or scrubbing through your recordings.

Now, a Livescribe pen, coupled with a Livescribe journal, can already pull off a lot of these stunts on their own. The cleverness here is that Moleskine and Livescribe are both thinking beyond their own brands, and designed the book and pen to work in tandem.

Moleskine is a powerful brand that does $100 million in sales a year [PDF], which Livescribe can use to extend its reach. At the same time, more than 90% of Moleskine's revenue is from paper products. Livescribe offers Moleskine an opportunity to stay relevant in the digital age.

Order the Livescribe Notebook here.

[h/t SlashGear]

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  • Adobe has nailed it with the Ink & Slide. search for it with your favorite browser. Don't leave your toes dangling in the analog world, go digital. (I am a biased source as an Adobe employee.)

  • Maria Bjørkgård

    But... why not just write directly on the iPad, instead of wasting paper and money on the actual notebook?

  • Tommy Hood

    Because it's not a Galaxy Note 10.1

    Other than Wacoms tablet, it's the only way to truly write on a tablet.

  • Tim Hill

    I purchased the Notability iPad app because I can write directly on the screen and record meetings.

  • Susana Choy

    The experience between the two are incomparable. For starters, think about the tools used to write on the iPad vs. paper. They have vastly different tactile sensations.

  • ahersler

    One ought to continue wasting paper on money on the actual notebook because one may still be interested in experiencing the soaring wonder of touching the world with one's own hands.

  • If you're not going to use the audio capture feature of Livescribe (the real hidden gem of the system, especially if you're using it for interviews) I think the Evernote notebooks make a lot more sense. The only hardware they need is a smartphone, and Evernote is already a great note indexing and sharing platform. Plus, the Evernote books are cheaper. I think it's kind of funny that Moleskine is printing both platforms.

  • quikboy

    In my opinion, I know a lot of hardcore and softcore note takers prefer OneNote > Evernote. Much more features, free on many platforms, and easy sharing as well. Handwriting recognition is the best as well.

  • John Michlig

    I've been using Livescribe pens for years - nifty product.

    Here's the problem - it's a BALLPOINT PEN.

    Lovers of ballpoint are few and far between. I can't imagine taking my daily notes with a big, horsey ball point pen.

  • I have to agree...we've had several of these Livescribes and while they are great for a utility, it's not exactly a joy to write with. They've been around for almost a decade and they can't seem to crack the ballpoint limit

  • beyondtheelement

    Or... you could simply just scan in your Moleskine content and save $150 alone :) Regular paper would work fine too!

  • I've been wanting one of these for the longest time, but the poor reviews are holding me back. There are almost as many 1 star reviews for the "Livescribe Smartpen 3" on Amazon than there are 5 stars reviews.

  • Haven't seen the Amazon reviews, but many us use & love the Livescribe. However there's a flaw in the editing process, in that you can't shorten recordings when you leave the audio system on by accident. And Livescribe has done a terrible of responding to complaints about this issue. More of a customer service communication issue, than any thing else. Great device otherwise.

  • Matthew Irwin

    Cool. At first. Until you realize IP theft kills startups. It almost did so to mine. Regardless, some things are meant to be AFK... their too "rich" for silicon "chips". Sorry Moleskine. I love you nonetheless. Stick to basics... start a writing festival, experiential marketing tour and lace it with all the interactive tech your best & brightest might conjure... just accept the certain simplicity of the following statement: Paper has no network connection. (Hack me now.) OR roll in some next-gen encryption technology like LLE™ (Logic Lock Encryption™) to keep those ideas safe. Look ~ it takes a village to raise a child. My point? Ideas are my children. So, it should take a village to raise them. Yet, most people lock their (ideas) in an intellectual basement & wonder why they turn out like monsters. I think, believe, feel & know you cannot "own" a child... you simply love & nurture it... welcoming others into its life who share my morals, & ethics. The web is no place for my baby.