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The special screen of Remarkable paper tablet/ereader is tailored for handwriting and drawing

2018-11-12

The Remarkable ereader/writing tablet has already been available for a year, but only the recent software upgrade delivered the great promise of the product: it can convert handwriting to text along with a selection of new tools that aid writing and drawing on the screen. The key principal of Remarkable is to be a tool that feels like paper and pen when used for writing and sketching. The company says they spent four years developing display-stylus technology that mimics the tactility and response of paper.
Remarkable paper tablet/ereader
The Remarkable writing tablet/ereader is priced at 599 euros. Essentially, you get a 10-inch ereader with a special display laid over E ink display technology that turns the device into a slate for writing and drawing. The stylus is included.

The display-stylus combination can recognize a wide variety of pressures and angles, producing results like handwriting or drawing on paper would produce.

The Canvas display, as Remarkable calls it, is something that only Remarkable has, making it different from other 10-inch ereader/writing tablets that have been introduced during 2017 and 2018.

One of the new features is the conversion of handwriting into text that can be edited and inserted into other documents. Here is a video clip that shows how the handwriting conversion works on the Remarkable:

The fall 2018 software update to the Remarkable writing tablet has so many new features that it makes me wonder how all those customers who bought the product before the update used their device? Probably many of them had a specific task in mind how they wanted to use the product, like researchers who have to read a lot of documents or knowledge workers who have to study both technical and business documents. In fact, Sony had identified the latter requirement a couple of years ago, and developed the ereader/writing tablet DPT-CP1 for this market.
Remarkable writing tablet/e-reader
Apple and Microsoft have also discovered this market, but have developed tablets to meet the needs of people who want to write with a pen. The iPad Pro and Surface Pro are powerful, high end tablets that allow handwriting, note taking, and drawing with a stylus.

Other e-reader vendors have also turned their attention to 8 and 10 inch devices. Many of these products come with stylus that let you write and draw on the screen. Some of the manufacturers are Onyx and Boyue.

Remarkable writing tablet/ereader key features and specifications

Remarkable pen / stylus

10.3-inch monochrome display in 1872×1404 resolution (226 DPI). Multi-point capacitive touch.
Partially powered by E-ink Carta technology.
The screen has paper-like surface friction. No glass parts, making it robust.
The included stylus features a high-friction pen tip. Tilt detection and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Dimensions 177 x 256 x 6.7mm (6.9 x 10.1 x .26 inches).
Weight approximately 350 gram (.77 pounds).
Wi-Fi.
Micro USB.
8 GB internal storage, about 100,000 pages.
512 MB RAM.
1 GHz ARM A9 CPU processor.
Operating system is a customized Linux software called Codex.
Can open PDF and ePUB documents and ebooks.
Menu language: English.
3000 mAh battery.
Remarkable has its own cloud service where product owners can automatically sync the works they draft on the slate.

A video by Remarkable shows the paper tablet’s many features for note taking and sketching:

The curious case of Magik Book, an innovation seeking rationale

2018-11-06

Product catalogs are bestsellers among certain types of readers. Catalogs are made for browsing, viewing beautiful photographs and for dreaming of owning products listed on a glossy paper. Of course, catalogs were one of the first print products to move to the internet because of cost savings, accessibility and ease of keeping them up-to-date. Magik Book, however, believes print catalogs are more important than ever, and has integrated catalogs with mobile devices.
Magik Book paper product catalog and tablet app
The Magic Book concept is to sync a tablet or phone with the page of a product catalog. For instance, a company wants to create a catalog of garden furniture. It doesn’t have to be as thick and extensive as an Ikea catalog, but attractive photos taken in beautiful gardens is all-important. Before opening the catalog, a potential customer must download the Magik Book app to his or her phone or tablet. As the customer turns pages of the paper catalog, the app on the mobile device displays additional information about the product featured on the print page. In the app, it is possible to share the information to social media channels or buy the product.

An introduction video to the Magik Book below shows how it works:

In effect, the simple task of browsing a product catalog has been turned into a tech challenge that requires the shopper to have two tools at hand: the print catalog and a mobile device (with an app downloaded as well, of course).

Instead of having the entire catalog on the mobile device and allowing the reader to access all possible information in the app, an awkward integration of paper catalog and mobile device has been established. Maybe the sync between paper catalog and mobile device works via NFC, but that’s not essential. The point is that it is difficult to see why anyone would invest in two things (paper catalog and mobile app) when everything can be provided to customers in one neat digital package.

The company behind Magik Book is based in Portugal. We have a suggestion: have a vacation in Portugal, and get to know the local culture and business customs before considering a project that involves this technology.

Via Ubergizmo.

UPDATE: The syncing of the paper catalog and the mobile application works via Magik Book’s patented “advanced magnetic field technology” (magnets in each page). Thank you for the additional information, Magik Book!

For writers who like to jot down notes with pen and paper: Smart Moleskine paper notebook connects with PCs

2017-11-29

Even today, when practically every writer is carrying a powerful computer in their pocket, many like to write notes, ideas and short texts on paper. A common tip from seasoned authors to novices is to always carry a (paper) notebook and a pen along. Now, Moleskine has introduced a product that lets writers use pen and paper, but conveniently connects paper to the power of computers.
MOleskine Smart Writing Set with tablet
The concept behind Moleskine’s writing system that connects paper with computers is to let writers freely write, scribble, and draw their notes on paper, and automatically transfer all those notes to a smartphone, tablet or PC. If the writer is near his or her computer, the transfer of notes happens at the same time as the pen touches the paper. If the writer is separated from her computing device, the notes are stored in the Moleskine pen and automatically transferred to the computing device once reunited.

The Moleskine Smart Writing Set product consists of three elements:

1. A paper notebook. It looks and can be used like an ordinary Moleskine notebook but it has some special features for use with the Smart Writing system.
2. A pen with a standard replaceable ink fill. It can be used as an ordinary pen for writing on paper, but it can also wirelessly connect to a smartphone, tablet, or computer via Bluetooth.
3. An application for a smartphone, tablet or PC that connects and interacts with the pen.

The Moleskine ink pen connects via Bluetooth
All the elements are included in the Moleskine Smart Writing Set that costs $199. The product has been available since 2016 for smartphones and tablets, and in 2017, it has also become available for Windows 10 devices. The Moleskine Notes app must be downloaded from the Apple App Store, Google Play or Microsoft Store to the device that connects with the pen.

There are many features in the Moleskine Smart Writing product that let writers enhance their notes, such as recording voice memos, applying colors to notes, but for a writer who jots down more than a couple of lines of text, the key feature is transcribing. The application on a PC can turn handwriting into digital words that can be further processed in a writing application.

Moleskine’s tutorial video below shows how the system works with a tablet, but the functionality is the same on a PC or a smartphone.

There are other similar products, like Wacom or Livescribe in the market that are priced lower than the Moleskine Smart Writing Set, but the products also have many differences in features and functionality.

For writers who prefer handwriting, another option is the use a tablet, such as the Apple iPad, Samsung Tab, or Microsoft Surface to write directly on the screen with a stylus. It is not the same as paper, but the technology has developed quite close mimicking the paper and pen experience.
Moleskine smart writing set connects to Windows 10 PC
The Moleskine Smart Writing Set product contains:
– Paper Tablet (notebook) dotted with special paper designed to work with Pen+ in dotted layout. (Once the pages have been used, you must purchase a new one with the special paper for it to work with the pen).
– Pen+ smart pen.
– 1 pen tip ink refill.
– USB cable for recharging the pen.

Via The Verge.

How to restore a book damaged by water to its former glory

2017-10-28

For paper books, water is a dangerous element. If a book gets wet, nothing will restore it to the same condition as it was before the damage was done, but it is possible to get quite close. Conservation experts at the Syracuse Library have produced a video that shows how a book can be saved.

saving a wet book by Syracuse Library
The tools required for saving a book should be easily accessible at every home (apart from the book press), except for the fan that is not a common household item in countries located in cool regions. What to do if there is simply no fan in the house?

Here is the book rescue video by Syracuse University Library’s Department of Preservation and Conservation.

The next thing related to books that I am going to buy is a waterproof ereader with a case that can take a few bumps and knocks.

Fonts develop as reading shifts from paper to screen

2015-12-03

Many book readers, or readers of any kind of text, don’t give a second thought to the fonts that represent the visual image for each letter. Times Roman may have been the most popular font on printed matter, but is rarely seen on a computer, tablet or smartphone screen. There is a reason for it: the smaller the font size is, the simpler its design has to be to make it readable. The font can’t be so simple that letters look the same.
fonts on mobile phone, digiday
Typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones recently released a new font titled Mallory specifically designed for small screens. In an interview to Digiday, he explained that the key factor that makes a font easily readable on a screen is to space the letters out, enlarge the interior of each lowercase, and simplify details.

Typographers have been aware of the solution for hundreds of years, so the technique itself is nothing new. What is new is that human kind is moving from reading texts on paper to reading text on screen. The font size is easy to change on the screen, allowing readers themselves to affect how the content looks like. Many ebook reading applications have a feature that let you even change the font of a book on the fly.

Here is a video where Frere-Jones talks about his font design:

Little Free Library Recycles Books in Delightful Manner

2015-02-06

Secondhand paper books have very little value anymore. Shops that used to buy and sell second hand books tend to trade rarities and collectors’ items, not bestsellers or general fiction and nonfiction. Fortunately, there is a way to do something with your old books: Little Free Library. Anyone can use a Little Free Library if there happens to be one in the neighborhood, or establish one if none exists.
little free library, Britain phone booth
Photo by Christine Modey.

Little Free Library is a concept created by people who like to promote reading. So far, the concept has spread more than 70 countries across the world. Over 20 000 libraries Little Free Libraries have been established.

The great thing with the initiative is how book lovers’ creativity comes alive when they think about the set up of their own libraries.

If you want to start you own library, Little Free Library has 5 easy steps to get started on the program home page.

Mental Floss has collected a photo gallery of Little Free Libraries here.

little free library newspaperbox
Photo by Josh Larios.