If you have a Kindle in your backpack, it turns out you also have a great “Notepad” for homework assignments, phone numbers, email addresses, addresses, gift lists and more

Do you have a Kindle in your backpack? One of these days you will, we think. And here’s some related good news….

When you have a Kindle in your backpack, of course, it will allow you to gradually reduce the weight of all those textbooks you carry back and forth from school each day. This could be very, very good for your back, your shoulders, your posture, and all of that … but of course you already knew that, right?

But there’s at least one other thing you’ll be able to eliminate from your backpack if you have a Kindle.

What’s that?

Your homework notebook or calendar!

Why?

Because, the good folks at 7 Dragons have released a brand new Kindle App called Notepad (A Note Taking Tool for Kindle) – Just 99 cents on Kindle!

I already use it every day to set down, keep, and check notes, reminders, lists, directions, and other written annotations that I will be able to access both on my Kindle and — with a quick USB transfer — on any computer. It was launched in the Kindle Store last week and as I write this it has jumped into the Top 20 of the Kindle Store bestseller list with a 5-star rating across more than three dozen reviews. Don’t feel like writing down your homework? You’ll find plenty of other uses for this Notepad app, such as saving phone numbers, email addresses, addresses, and gift lists.

As I have written about various uses for the Kindle for well over three years now, I’ve occasionally noticed times when we tried out various Kindle features — using email and the web come to mind — more to see if we and the Kindle could do certain things than because doing such things was particularly convenient. But here’s a tool that does not slow you down at all, and integrates seamlessly with reading on the Kindle.

There are some excellent videos on its many features here, and some detailed, helpful support pages here, so I won’t burden this post with a lot more detail, but a few things are worth highlighting:

  • It uses text and text files. You can transfer notes to PC or text files to app.
  • It amazes me how fast the typing is with this app.
  • There are 2 Font types and 6 font sizes.
  • There is a wide array of menu-driven options for searching, saving, sorting, and backing up your notes.

And I’m happy to say that, as you can see in the screenshot, I used it to plot out last week’s Kindle Nation weekly email newsletter.

One Response to If you have a Kindle in your backpack, it turns out you also have a great “Notepad” for homework assignments, phone numbers, email addresses, addresses, gift lists and more

  1. Martha J Randall March 22, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    great app but my only complaint is on the kindle keybord….it is hard to read the letters on the keys so it takes a long time to type a very extensive note…especially if you are handicapped as I am….I love my Kindle for reading and even use it for my Bible in church as it’s easier to handle with one hand than a thick Bible…is this app able to do speech to text?