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Initial post: Nov 1, 2013 5:46:25 PM PDT
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I am considering the new Paperwhite. The main purpose would naturally be to read books, but if I could also take free-hand notes on it with a stylus it would pretty much be the optimal electronic device for me as a complement to my laptop. Is this possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2013 5:49:45 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
No, not on the Paperwhite. It is a dedicated ebook reader, not a tablet. There are note "apps" that you may be able to use, but you can't write on the screen. You would input text via the virtual screen keyboard.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 9:08:16 AM PDT
Thank you, this will help me in making a decision. If I want a device that is cheap and can do those two things (read e-books and take free-hand notes), does anyone have any recommendations? I would prefer to avoid a more advanced Kindle, since the capacity to play videos and games will only serve as a distraction.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 9:20:49 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
I have not seen any device that can do what you want, short of a tablet device. For free hand note taking, IMO, the best tool is a notebook and pen/pencil.

I've got a Fire, and an iPad. Writing on their screens using script/printing, with a stylus or fingertip, is clumsy, takes a lot of room on the screen, and you end up with unsearchable notes. I for one do not see the attraction.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 9:24:16 AM PDT
Fair enough. I use notepads at the present and will probably stick with that. Thank you for your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 3:32:52 PM PDT
Norwenna says:
I have thought about using the kindle fire for taking notes in a lecture because swype is so easy to use and faster than thumb typing. I've used it taking notes about books, and like it, but haven't been in a class since I've had it.

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 4:38:51 PM PDT
Rose P in PV says:
Interesting question. I kept my old Handspring PDA which I used to download books to before I got my Kindle. It has a program called Graffiti, which lets you write on the screen with a stylus or your finger. I still use the calculator and Graffiti to make lists or reminders.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 5:15:35 PM PDT
My old PDA (HP iPaq) had a similar program, which not only let you make notes with a stylus but could also be trained to recognise my writing and convert the handwritten notes to typeface (which was then searchable). I'd have thought that was standard with more modern apps too.
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