Moleskine notebooks for Kindles

Moleskine has introduced a great new product for Kindle owners — the Moleskine Kindle Cover with Reporter-Style Notebook:

I like it because it’s a terrific theft deterrent. While a Kindle is enticing to would-be thieves, a scribbled-in journal holds much less appeal. Since its exterior is identical to that of a regular Moleskine notebook, it doesn’t call attention to itself the way other Kindle covers do:

My guess is that the Moleskine company will go on to create similar products like this one for the Apple iPad and maybe the Nook and Sony Ebook Reader. At least, I hope they do. Electronic book readers are fantastic ways to reduce clutter on bookshelves. I also recommend audio books to anyone looking for ways to reduce the number of books taking up shelf space in your home.

Until Moleskine comes out with other book-reader notebooks, check out this hack for creating your own and other cool things to do with a Moleskine notebook, via Treehugger.

24 Comments for “Moleskine notebooks for Kindles”

  1. posted by Wesley on

    I wish the notebook was on the other side. Be hard to write and read for me, a right hander. Although maybe the notebook can be turned the other direction, and inserting the Kindle the other way. Which would produce the same effect.

  2. posted by Joshua brauer on

    I just got the excellent dodo case which looks very much like a moleskine for the ipad. The shipping takes a while but they’re worth it.

  3. posted by Craig Jarrow on

    Love this! Was wondering if Moleskine was going to get into this game or sit on the sidelines.

    Very interested to see an iPad version.

    Like Johua – considering the Dodo Case for iPad which looks just like a Moleskine.

  4. posted by Marie Williams on

    I also have the Dodo Case for my iPad ( you can buy it here: ) and I love it. It feels really solid and safe, looks fantastic, and slips right into my backpack like a notebook. I highly recommend it.

  5. posted by Rosie on

    Great idea! I, too, wish the notepad were on the other side…must have been created by a lefty!

  6. posted by 180 degrees on

    It can be flipped. It is not top specific and therefore will work for both rightys and leftys.

  7. posted by Luke @ on

    If they come out with a version for the iPad, I will totally buy one… once I get the iPad.

    As for the book clutter reduction, I have been scanning my books with a book scanner setup from I’m moving in the near future, and this is a perfect time to digitize these books – the last thing I want to do is cart boxes of books across the country!

  8. posted by Wendy on

    I have one of those fake leather notepad holders that companies hand out for promotions, and the Kindle fits in it perfectly. It cost me exactly nothing.

  9. posted by Kamakazi on

    Guess it would be a good time to poin tout, that the Kindle just dropped in price to $190…

  10. posted by Ed Eubanks on

    For those who “wish the notepad had been on the other side”:

    This style of notepad (“reporter” style, as the title states) is the kind that flips up over the top, rather than left- or right-bound. The case is designed to open all the way back onto itself (so that the notepad is the only thing exposed) and then there’s no disorientation for right- or lefthanded people.

    See this image from the Moleskine website for an example of a righty using it.

  11. posted by Karen on

    Does anyone here use a Kindle AND keep their books? My husband has been pushing the idea of a Kindle for me, pointing out that there are cookbooks for Kindle, that I could get some currently out of print–but available on Kindle–books to read. And they’re cheaper. He’s also pointed out that when we travel I could use the Kindle to ‘transport’ more books than I could pack in my bag, because we like to travel light.

    But I adore having books in the house. I love taking the kids to the library and seeing them get excited about choosing books. There is something about the tactile feel of a book that I don’t wish to see replaced by a computer device.

  12. posted by Kamakazi on

    Karen-I know quite a few people who have both. After talking to them (I have been considering a Kindle for quite some time) what they say is that they still buy books but instead of buying every book they want to read in physical form they only buy the books they know they want to actually have. What this has lead to is them having lesser physical books but the ones they have are mostly nice, displayable hard covers. What they have cut out is buying the crappy paperbacks that they would probably just end up storing at the back of the bookcase or in a box.

    That is probably what I would do, as I said before on this blog, even if I got a Kindle you can rip my awesome Tolkien hardcovers from my dead lifeless fingers, and even then good luck…wow I just realized I used a million commas in that sentence, my grammar teacher from back in the day would think she failed me.

  13. posted by leonie on

    I still buy and keep books.

    It took me a while to get a kindle. I finally did, for my son who reads voraciously. It doesn’t work as well for me as I read some technical books, and even for non technical books in my field, I like having it in hand. However, for many classics (free now on kindle and any e-book I think), it’s nice to have on long plane rides and vacations.

    I bought a simple cover with a zip for the kindle. It was one of the higher recommendations on Amazon.

    I agree with Kamakazi that it cuts down on buying paperback thrillers etc. but the library remains my main source for books I don’t want to keep.

    During the summer, I work with my kids on various subjects and order workbooks from Amazon (ie Latin, Spelling, Math). Kindle can’t replace that yet…
    Was just in B&N and their nook is now $199.

    Be interesting to see what happens to kindle prices. Also saw consumer report that Kindle is still top ranked e-reader.

  14. posted by leonie on

    just checked amazon. Wow! $189 for the kindle now! I paid about $230 in Feb. Had some type of reward credit I could use so it brought it down.

  15. posted by Jen on

    Karen, I would like to share my personal experience with physical vs. digital books.

    Whenever I want to read a new book, I try to buy the digital version or borrow the physical version from the library. That way I don’t add to my overgrown physical book collection.

    However, I still own about 200 physical books — art books, how-to-draw books, graphic novels, and books from tiny publishers. Most of these are not yet available in a digital format.

    I love my Sony Reader, but it has not completely replaced physical books for me just yet.

  16. posted by Emily on

    I love this! Makes me want a Kindle even more 🙂

  17. posted by Natalie on

    Hmmmm…using the library reduced the book clutter in my home and is much less expensive!

  18. posted by Meredith on

    I didn’t actually want a Kindle much until I read about this product. Seriously, it connected the dots for me in some strange way.

  19. posted by Shang Lee on

    ipad version coming out soon? 🙂

  20. posted by OogieM on

    I have a kindle first generation and also lots of books. I buy one time reads and references on the kindle, books with pictures or in color and things not available on the kindle as paper books. Libraries are nice if you have a good one, unfortunately ours does not have most of the books I want and ILL often costs more than buying the book itself from Amazon!

    Sadly the moleskin case shown only works with the newer kindles not mine.

  21. posted by Karen on

    Thanks for the responses. I think you all are right, that a Kindle would be great for those paperbacks (Agatha Christie, anyone?) that I like to buy to read on the plane. But I love hardcover editions of classics, or books that mean something to me. And cookbooks just wouldn’t be the same on a Kindle, I don’t think–i’d be afraid to take it into the kitchen!

  22. posted by Karen on

    Just wanted to add that we use the library a lot and just recently we checked out two cookbooks (one for me, one for my son) that we knew, after using them, we’d want to own. The library is awesome for that. but these books would have been diminished on a small Kindle screen; one is the Redwall Cookbook and has gorgeous illustrations, the other is a huge, wide format.

  23. posted by Sooz on

    I don’t own a Kindle, but am using the FREE Kindle app for my PC. (It doesn’t have the portability of a Kindle, but I usually am reading at home and it doesn’t matter to me if I am reading at my computer or in another room – I’m sitting down anyway! And the computer app lets me set the type and width of the page to very comfortable settings.)

    But I also own many beautiful books – thick glossy art books that were produced in conjunction with major museum exhibits, and books on 19th century photography – which I’d NEVER want to “read” on a Kindle (nor on an ipad) even if they were made available that way.

  24. posted by JustGail on

    Nice cover, and I’m glad that it’s also usable for us lefties. Now for a question on e-readers – what happens when you want to make a note in the book? Yes, I often write in my books (sewing/craft/cook books mostly), can you make notes in the e-books? I’ve waffled on getting one, but between the making notes issue and not knowing how many of the types of books are available (again sewing/craft/needlework/gardening/cookbooks), I’m hesitant. And Luke – how long does it take you to scan a book?

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