There are few options available for people who want the longevity of an e-reader and the ability to take notes. The Sony Digital Paper is likely one of the best note taking devices on the market, but doesn’t read any other format but PDF files. The Noteslate Shiro might be up your alley and is available for pre-order for $199 and will start shipping in February, 2016.
The Noteslate Shiro features a 6.8 inch, 1080 x 1440 pixel E Ink Pearl HD display with support for 16 shades of grey, a 1 GHz Freescale SoloLite processor, 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of removable storage, and WiFi connectivity. It runs a Noteslate OS software and will run for 3 weeks without needing to charge the battery.
The biggest attraction about this e-reader is the pressure-sensitive pen, allowing you to draw pictures or compose handwritten notes. You can freestyle draw, but there is also the ability to make highlights, notes and annotations within an e-book and save the changes as an independent file. There’s also support for finger input for navigating the user interface without the use of a pen.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.