Digital Notebooks: How can I continue writing without carrying heavy notebooks?

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How can I continue writing without carrying heavy notebooks?

Question

I love writing short stories and always bring multiple notebooks when I travel. Unfortunately, my arthritis is getting worse, and I have a hard time carrying around heavy paper books, and I would also like to reduce my paper consumption. Other than a laptop, are there any options to write digitally?

Our answer

Writing is a great way to nourish your creativity and cognitive skills. It is excellent that you want to maintain your writing while reducing strain on your arthritis and paper consumption. Several products aim to give you the feel of writing in a notebook while being lightweight and reducing paper consumption. See some options listed below:

  • Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook is a 36-page reusable notebook that weighs only around 150 grams. Once you fill the notebook, you can use the Rocketbook app to scan and store your writing, then use a damp cloth to wipe off the erasable ink. You will need to use Pilot FriXion Erasable Gel Pens with the notebook. You can purchase the notebooks and pens in multiple stores, such as Walmart or Staples. A pack of six erasable pens costs around $20(CDN), and the notebook costs around $45 to $55(CDN), plus additional shipping fees.
  • reMarkable 2 is a tablet with a paper-like feel that weighs only around 400 grams. With a tablet pen, you can write on it as you would in a notebook. All your notes can be organized and stored in cloud storage for easy access anywhere. The tablet costs around $500(CDN), plus additional shipping fees. 
  • Freewrite Traveler is a compact electronic typewriter that weighs around 725 grams. It is designed as a free flow drafting device without any distracting apps you might see on tablets. It can hold 1,000,000+ pages of drafts. The tablet costs around $500(CDN), plus additional shipping fees.

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