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Another great tool is one that Evernote is developing with Moleskin. From Nate, the Digital Reader’s blog, are details about a new Moleskin notebook that is designed to allow you to take handwritten notes that will be OCRed by Evernote. The reason why the Moleskin notebook is superior is because “The new notebook improves on the existing feature. The pages of the notebook are covered in a pattern of dots which are design so that the app can use them to correct for the distortion introduced by the camera. This enables you to add a page of notes as a rectangular note and not as a photo.”

And, there are even more cool features. Add a moleskin included sticker and it will be associated with a predefined tag. The notebooks aren’t cheap at $30 each.Lifehacker and the Digital Reader


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“The Chinese People’s Daily Online reported that Yao Haijun, the deputy director of Science Fiction World (SFW), the world’s biggest selling science fiction periodical, has signed a contract that will make award-winning author Liu Cixin’s “Three Body” trilogy the first full-length sci-fi work to be translated for an overseas audience, calling it “a great leap for the Chinese sci-fi industry.””Publishing Perspectives

Victoria Barnsley’s biggest new signing is not a Booker prizewinner, but a Spanish data analyst: she refers to Eloy Sasot, recruited from American Express, as her “secret weapon”. His team monitors sales around the clock, making the discounts or mark-ups needed to stay ahead of the competition.  The Observer

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. DS
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 09:15:53

    The Moleskine notebook sounds like the Livescribe notebooks I use. Also pricey but not nearly as handsome though. If you have a good enough printer you can print Livescribe paper sheets– color laser is suggested but I did manage to do it with a high dpi inkjet. I bought a Livescribe Echo pen early in the summer and it is the best gadget I have bought in years. Has already saved a certain amount of fuss about what was said in meetings with the record feature.

  2. library addict
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 14:04:56

    I use Evernote a lot, but in the more basic, sync notes between my phone/laptop/pc kind of way. It is a great app.

  3. Alyson H
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 17:21:31

    Now I’m going to have to track down that Maria Monk book about the corrupt convent.

  4. Julia
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 00:28:36

    I am going to raise my eyebrow at the notebook with evernote thing. ICR (intelligent character regonition aka handwriting) is extremely hard to accurately grab. OCRing is easier because you can teach a computer a font. ICRing is harder because I may write my f like I am doing a math equation and so it looks kind of like an s but you may only ever use a cursive f that is sometimes not an f but a b…. if you get what I mean. It would have to be tunable to the user (which is software that does exist. I work with it, hence the geek moment.)

    I will definitely be following though if only to be able to take pictures of all the random slips of paper I write on (eventually) and have it searchable.

  5. brandy
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 17:41:18

    @Alyson H:

    I found a free digital version of it at Project Gutenberg:

    Here’s the Wikipedia article about the author:

    Looks very interesting!

  6. brandy
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 20:44:57

    Just thought I’d add that I found an interesting essay at a UPenn professor’s page refuting the Maria Monk story. Looks like it’s been quite a controversial book. I’m going to save a copy of it to store in Calibre with the book for when I get around to reading it. :)

    I also meant to say that I’m very excited about the new OCR feature in Evernote. I have a few hardback books that I’ve purchased many times over, and the author seems to have no intent to digitize them. I might have to turn one of my extra copies into a digital version for my own use via the dollarscan service!

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