Amazon announced a brand-new Kindle last week at its latest hardware event. The Kindle Scribe is more than just an extra-large e-reader. Its 10.2-inch screen is built for handwriting notes. Amazon includes a pen that doesn’t ever need to be charged so you can immediately start scribbling in your books or in its built-in notebook app. It has 300-pixel-per-inch resolution, comes with 35 LED front lights that can be adjusted from cool to warm and starts at $340 for a model with 16GB of storage. The Kindle Scribe will be released on Nov. 30.
The Scribe is Amazon’s first E Ink tablet, but it’s not the only one. These devices, including the Kobo Elipsa and ReMarkable 2, also feature large screens, an included smart pen and gray-scale E Ink displays. Unlike traditional LCD tablets like the Apple iPad or Amazon’s own Kindle Fire, E Ink tablets aren’t capable of browsing the web or playing videos or games (at least, not very well). Instead, their main focus is to bring distraction-free writing and reading to students, professionals and anyone else who loves to write by hand, but wants to ditch the clutter and waste of paper notebooks.
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Amazon says that you’ll be able to write handwritten notes in your books on the Scribe, but unfortunately you won’t be able to write them directly on the page. Instead, you’ll need to write on “sticky notes.”
Not only does this prevent you from scribbling in the margins of books, it also means you’ll need to take a separate action to start writing at all. First you’ll have to tap an on-screen button, which will launch the note. Once you finish writing and close the note, the sticky will be saved but will not leave any markings on the screen. You’ll be able to access your notes by tapping into your “Notes and Highlights” section.
Sticky notes works with all of your Kindle content and will also be available on Microsoft Word documents. The Scribe will let you directly mark up PDFs, but writing in books requires using sticky notes. That could be a tough pill to swallow for those who prefer to see their notes directly next to the text on the screen. All other E Ink tablets I’ve tested let users write directly onto the documents (including some books) on their device, rather than using sticky notes.
Link to the rest at CNET and thanks to F. for the tip.