Evernote Essentials: The definitive guide to using Evernote

Brett Kelly, a champion of simple living and a member of the LifeRemix network, has authored a terrific 80-page guide to using Evernote (one of my all-time favorite digital data applications). Evernote Essentials is a “comprehensive setup guide and a sizable collection of tips, tricks and best practices to help the Evernote newbie get up to speed quickly and show the seasoned Evernote veteran a thing or two about how to become Evernote ninjas.”

I like to think of myself as a hardcore Evernote user, and even I learned a great deal from the guide. I like the conversational tone, the detailed screenshots, and the real-world examples illustrating all the ways Evernote can work for you. Here’s a chapter breakdown of what the guide offers:

  • Evernote Anatomy — Explanation of the basic structure of the service.
  • Installation and Configuration — How to setup and personalize your Evernote account.
  • A Quick Tour of the Main Evernote Window — Navigating your way through the Evernote interface.
  • Adding Stuff to Evernote — Instructions for the myriad ways you can save notes, clips, etc.
  • Evernote Organization 101 — Learn to expertly tag data so that you can quickly retrieve it.
  • Evernote Search: Seek and Ye Shall Find — In my opinion, the best chapter in the document. Kelly gives some amazing tips for retrieving data in this section.
  • Evernote on the Go — Instructions for using Evernote on your smart phone.
  • Evernote, Email and You — Advanced techniques for using Evernote with your email service.
  • Evernote and Satellites in Space — You can save data from satellites and other amazing GPS tricks, and Kelly shows you how.
  • Tagging for Superhumans — Nested tags, sorting, and maintenance tips for the advanced user.
  • Evernote for Bloggers — How to create blog posts directly from Evernote.
  • Evernote for Programmers — Using Evernote as a coding encyclopedia.
  • Evernote for Foodies — Yummy tips for managing recipes, restaurant reviews, equipment information and other topic-specific data saved in Evernote.
  • Evernote for Covert Double Agents — A humorous chapter detailing how to use Evernote to successfully compile information someone or a specific topic.
  • Evernote as an Address Book — How to use Evernote as a personal information manager.
  • Evernote as a Simple Photo Sharing Service — Detailed visuals and explanations for how to create an online photo album you can share with others.
  • Evernote as a Task Manager — One of my favorite uses for Evernote, instructions for creating a GTD-style to-do program.
  • Evernote as a Filing Cabinet — Learn to save scanned documents directly to Evernote.
  • For Longtime Users: Regaining Control of Your Evernote Database — Advice for managing your notes when you have large numbers of data in your account.

If you are a current Evernote user, or are looking for a way to better store your digital data, I recommend checking out Evernote Essentials. The guide is $25 and comes with the guarantee that if you “don’t feel like it delivers the real deal, then contact [the author] within 30 days for a full refund, no questions asked.” Best of all, you can save the guide directly to your Evernote account.

Just to let you know, we don’t receive any kickbacks or revenue from Evernote Essentials or Evernote — I’m really just a huge fan of both. Learning advanced techniques for using Evernote can greatly improve the way you organize the information in your life.

24 Comments for “Evernote Essentials: The definitive guide to using Evernote”

  1. posted by auntie on

    I love Evernote – thanks for the tip!

  2. posted by iamellis on

    I love Evernote, but $25 for an 80 page ebook is a bit steep. Try $5 and i’ll listen.

  3. posted by Tobie on

    I agree with iamellis – I love Evernote and was sold until I saw the price. 80 pages of tips for $25 is not a good value for me, I would have probably paid up to $10, maybe $15 (but that’s a big maybe).

  4. posted by stanley on

    waaaaaaaaaaay to expensive…

  5. posted by L. on

    Agreed–I was prepared for somewhere between $5-15, but closed the window when I saw $25. I’m thinking about it based purely on the strength of your recommendation and the fact that EverNote has been of life-changing assistance just for one relatively small niche (recipe storage). The refund promise does help a bit, although I’m always suspicious of such offers.

    I would suggest that, at the very least, he provides a sample so that we can get a better idea of what the book looks like. I think this is key with all electronic books.

  6. posted by Reader on

    I feel the same way about the price. I just signed up for Evernote and was vaguely interested until I read $25.

  7. posted by neena on

    yup, I was also interested until I saw the bright red buy it now button.
    $25 for an e-book?
    way too expensive.

  8. posted by chacha1 on

    What does Evernote do, exactly? That all the other programs on my computer can’t do? Sounds like clutter to me. 🙂

  9. posted by Jor on

    Looks like many of his blog posts that might have been included in the book have been removed. That is his prerogative but it is a little annoying especially when he is asking $25 for an e-book without much sample material. I suppose the guy has as much right to make a buck as anyone but I’m not going to buy it at that price.

  10. posted by Danny on

    Here is a website with a brief summary and good info on evernote.


  11. posted by Patty on

    Apparently Evernote is having a big announcement sometime today. I’ve been a user for a very long time. Seriously thinking about going to the premium version and I would really like the book, but I agree with most of the other commenter’s, $25 is kind of steep.
    I think I’ll wait & see what their big announcement is and then either keep doing what I’m doing or go all in.

  12. posted by Ali on

    I too love Evernote but $25? I don’t think I spent that much on my coveted Unclutterer book much less an 80 page ebook!

  13. posted by LR on

    yeah, $25 is just too much for it. And if this announcement is as big as they are hinting it might be, it could be out of date tomorrow (literally)

  14. posted by rose on

    Agree.Agree. I would love to know more about Evernote and think that it could really be useful to me in my life, so I’d be interested — but $25??? As for the 30-day guarantee — no way would that be adequate for me to assess it – life is too hectic to think it could happen so quickly. That’s why I love $5-8 downloads that are not a big deal if I only get an idea or two.

  15. posted by Anthony on

    I would love to tweak and improve my Evernote use and I would really like to use the author’s insights and tips; but at $25, it is very expensive for what it apparently is. I suggest that volume sales should be used as a way to recoup any costs and not a high cost per unit of the ebook. If (as others) have suggested, it were sold for $5-$10 for the ebook, I would be happy to buy it and use it; but at $25, it is too expensive for what it is.

  16. posted by Sandy on

    Agreed. I love Evernote and was totally into the guide until I saw the price. Way too steep.

  17. posted by Pat on

    Yup, the author just lost at least 17 (probably way more) sales due to pricing beyond the ouch point. At $10-15 bucks we all would likely have bought, given the recommendation from you.

    Granted, it is specialized info and as such carries a premium. But even one of those huge “_____ for Dummies” books on the Kindle Store are only about $16. The Kindle for Dummies (pretty thin, I’m guessing even that is more than 80 pgs!) was around $5-6.

  18. posted by L. on

    I keep on looking at these comments, waiting and hoping that the author will come forth and say, “Oops, okay, let’s drop the price.” But no! I believe he has added a line about providing free updates for six months … not all that impressive. *And* I’m reviewing the list of chapters and seeing that only half look really useful for me.

    Mr. Kelly, I hope you’ll reconsider. I’m guessing these comments are representative of at least five times as many other readers who didn’t comment. If your work is good, you’ll keep us coming back for more. But at $25 (and no samples either) the majority of us will apparently never find out.

  19. posted by Tim W on

    Catch 22 from an interested non-user: A light, minimal Evernote trial didn’t impress me, but perhaps the guide would. But the guide is $25, and seems to directed towards new- or non-users… but who wants to invest $25 in finding out more about a service they don’t even understand yet?

  20. posted by O. on

    I bought the book because it promised some ideas on the implementation of Evernote in my life and work. Not only is it overpriced but it also has very little value.

    Warning! Here’s what you get for $25 (which is a huge price for this PDF):

    80% of the book is a manual on using Evernote, and you can find it for free on Evernote’s website.

    The rest is a few short tips on how you can implement Evernote, such as Evernote for bloggers, Evernote for recipe collections, etc. Not very much, and hardly anything new. You can find the same ideas online on a few related blogs. This (somewhat useful) part hardly costs more than $1 or $2.

    This is ridiculous. I wish I could get a refund.

  21. posted by CDG on

    That’s helpful, O. I’d be interested to hear if you are able to get a refund under the stated policy.

    I was just delurking to add that I was totally sold by the recommendation, as I need some help integrating Evernote into my life, until I got to the price. If I spent $15 on the Unclutterer book (hardcover!) there is no way I’d spend that much for a PDF e-book. For $10 I would probably be reading it right now. Oh, well.

  22. posted by Tania on

    QUESTION: For those who are saying that this info is available elsewhere, where exactly would I find it? I’m interested in some of the topics bullet-pointed and I was tempted to buy the book, but I do agree I’ve never paid that much for an ebook… Thanks!

  23. posted by mtin79 on

    i just bought the book to figure out if its worth the money:

    the best chapters are about:
    – search operators in evernots
    – best practices on using tags and notebooks

    the rest is propably common sense.

    all in all the price is way too much! 10$ and i would recommend it.

  24. posted by john k on

    Immediately i thought the price was steep but i’m always willing to spend the money if the value is there. The money back guarantee is fair but i think that samples like they do with amazon’s “a look inside” would be great. 10$ would make me risk it

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