Ideas, Digitized

Capture your handwritten notes in the cloud with a Mod Notebook. Mod is a notebook, service, and app rolled into one. Simply write and draw in your traditional, thread-bound notebook made with superior quality 120 GSM paper. Your notebook lies flat and comes in a variety of colors and paper styles—plain, ruled, or dot grid. The dot grid gives a minimalist approach to organizing drawings, with tiny guiding marks. When you’re ready, send the book to Mod in a pre-paid envelope and they’ll scan and digitize it for you, free of charge. Your entire notebook will be accessible through the Mod app, which even syncs with Dropbox, Evernote, and OneNote. Created by Marshall Haas & Jon Wheatley, this cloud-synced notebook was designed for those who understand the power of putting pen to paper—yet are savvy enough to save that information digitally. With Mod, your pen is even mightier.

Mod

Cloud Synced Notebooks

Ideas, Digitized

Capture your handwritten notes in the cloud with a Mod Notebook. Mod is a notebook, service, and app rolled into one. Simply write and draw in your traditional, thread-bound notebook made with superior quality 120 GSM paper. Your notebook lies flat and comes in a variety of colors and paper styles—plain, ruled, or dot grid. The dot grid gives a minimalist approach to organizing drawings, with tiny guiding marks. When you’re ready, send the book to Mod in a pre-paid envelope and they’ll scan and digitize it for you, free of charge. Your entire notebook will be accessible through the Mod app, which even syncs with Dropbox, Evernote, and OneNote. Created by Marshall Haas & Jon Wheatley, this cloud-synced notebook was designed for those who understand the power of putting pen to paper—yet are savvy enough to save that information digitally. With Mod, your pen is even mightier.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jon
    Jon

    Hello Grommet! I'm proud to introduce the Mod Notebook. Have the best of both worlds: a real tangible notebook and syncing to the cloud. I'm here to answer any questions you have!

  • Ralph
    Ralph
    1/5/2015 12:24 PM

    Neat idea, but why spend time, mail, and money to sketch, write, etc and hen send to you for scan and return.? Why not just scan the sketch directly to your pc?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 12:50 PM

    Hey Ralph, we've found that it's much easier to have our team do it for you then to manually scan each individual page and upload it to your computer. Before we created Mod, we did this ourselves. The process takes forever, and was a pain we wanted to solve. With Mod, you get a super high quality notebook with the convenience of free digitization. Keep in mind if you want a page sooner, you can snap it yourself too ;-)

  • Tony
    Tony
    1/5/2015 11:56 PM

    @Ralph I personally also prefer writing on paper as well, but at the same time I do also like having a digital rendition. I use MS OneNote a lot and have the app on my phones as well. What I do now is use the camera in the OneNote app to snap a picture of my pages as I finish them. You can select "document" and it will correct angles, lighting, etc. Not perfect, nor as good as an actual scan, but it works ok for me. SnagIt has a phone app "Fuse" which will sync images to your desktop, also acting like a scanner of sorts. I haven't played with it much for this use case however.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/5/2015 12:41 PM

    Is there just a one time syncing to the cloud? In other words, do I need to complete the whole notebook before I sync it or can I continue to add content to the notebook and sync multiple times?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 1:02 PM

    @Carol hey Carol, that's correct. We recommend having it digitized when you're finished with the notebook. Keep in mind you can always digitize single pages throughout your use before you're ready to have the entire thing digitized.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/5/2015 12:42 PM

    This idea is brilliant. I love using a physical notebook. I live by it! You have solved the one problem. Thank you.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 1:01 PM

    @Desmond Cheers, Desmond!

  • tobey
    tobey
    1/5/2015 1:20 PM

    @Jon I was wondering once you send your book in the self addressed envelop, do you get the actual book back with your original drawings and ideas?

    Tobey

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/5/2015 1:34 PM

    Hi Tobey, you can get the book sent back to you within five business days or you can have it recycled. Completely up to you!

  • Jack
    Jack
    1/5/2015 1:50 PM

    How is this financially feasible? If the quality of the book is good, then it's costing you presumably $5-$10. Then you're paying for the customer to return the completed book to you. Then if the book is not being separated for scanning, someone is having to scan the book one double page at a time turning each page into a separate page for viewing on the app. If there's 100 pages in the book, that's a minimum of 50 scans. I like the idea, but seems like your labor and overhead would be an issue. Just curious. How many books can you do a day? If this really takes off, how will you keep up with demand?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 2:16 PM

    @Jack thanks for the inquiry! We have invested a lot of time and effort into developing a system that can digitize and upload each notebook (and double page scan) with the smallest amount of effort possible. That includes making sure after each page is digitized, it is also simultaneously cropped and uploaded. Since we launched last March, we have been receiving more and more notebooks as the months roll by. At the moment it is not 'how many we can do in a day', yet 'how many we have had to do in a day'. So far we have been able to knock out around 5 destructible and 5 non-destructible, totaling at ten notebooks in one day. This can total to around several dozen a week. We hope to increase the weekly load as more and more notebooks are going to be mailed back. Thanks again for the question!

  • Brett
    Brett
    1/5/2015 2:17 PM

    How many pages in each book?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 2:25 PM

    @Brett there are 60 pages in each notebook (totaling 120 front to back). Each page is 120 gsm thick.

  • Brett
    Brett
    1/5/2015 2:21 PM

    Is there additional cost to have the book returned

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 2:29 PM

    @Brett Yes, there is a $10 charge for a returned notebook. It helps us cover shipping, packaging, and entailed labor costs.

  • Pat
    Pat
    1/5/2015 3:04 PM

    Hi Jon,

    Do you ever get returned books from people who wish to use the notebooks as diaries?

    Seeing as there are only 60 pages per notebook you would maybe send diary entries in every other month depending on length of the notes. Please advise me on confidentiality if you have clients who do this.It seems like a great idea!

    P.M.

    .

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 3:17 PM

    @Pat Hi Pat! We have had users let us know that they use our service for diaries. I am not sure on the time range that it takes each individual to fill out their notebook/diary because to be completely honest, we do not look at the digitized pages other than to ensure the cropping/uploading did not inquire any errors in the process. We can ensure each notebook is safely monitored for confidentiality during the digitizing process as well as safely stored before it is returned to the owner. We appreciate the kind words as well!

  • Saqib
    Saqib
    1/5/2015 3:56 PM

    Can I send you my existing notebooks? I already have a couple of notebooks very similar to these mod style ones and I use them in exactly the same way. I'd like the old ones scanned and added too :D

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 4:09 PM

    @Saqib Not yet, but we're working on a solution for this!

  • Judith
    Judith
    1/5/2015 3:57 PM

    I have a lot of notebooks full of drawings- can you digitize these?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 4:10 PM

    @Judith Not quite, but working on this!

  • Noah
    Noah
    1/5/2015 7:53 PM

    When I get the notebook digitized, what format do I get it in? Let's say some of the pages or just notes or scribbles, but some are parts of a zine I want to make. If those completed pages aren't in the correct order, will I be able to pull apart each separate page as a separate document, or is it all one thing?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 8:28 PM

    @Noah Hey Noah. You will be able to download the document as a pdf. So if you have Adobe or Preview, you will be more than capable to switch around the pages.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Mod

Cloud Synced Notebooks

Ideas, Digitized

Capture your handwritten notes in the cloud with a Mod Notebook.

Mod is a notebook, service, and app rolled into one. Simply write and draw in your traditional, thread-bound notebook made with superior quality 120 GSM paper. Your notebook lies flat and comes in a variety of colors and paper styles—plain, ruled, or dot grid. The
dot grid gives a minimalist approach to organizing drawings, with tiny guiding marks.

When you’re ready, send the book to Mod in a pre-paid envelope and they’ll scan and digitize it for you, free of charge. Your entire notebook will be accessible through the Mod app, which even syncs with Dropbox, Evernote, and OneNote.

Created by Marshall Haas & Jon Wheatley, this cloud-synced notebook was designed for those who understand the power of putting pen to paper—yet are savvy enough to save that information digitally.

With Mod, your pen is even mightier.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jon
    Jon

    Hello Grommet! I'm proud to introduce the Mod Notebook. Have the best of both worlds: a real tangible notebook and syncing to the cloud. I'm here to answer any questions you have!

  • Ralph
    Ralph
    1/5/2015 12:24 PM

    Neat idea, but why spend time, mail, and money to sketch, write, etc and hen send to you for scan and return.? Why not just scan the sketch directly to your pc?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 12:50 PM

    Hey Ralph, we've found that it's much easier to have our team do it for you then to manually scan each individual page and upload it to your computer. Before we created Mod, we did this ourselves. The process takes forever, and was a pain we wanted to solve. With Mod, you get a super high quality notebook with the convenience of free digitization. Keep in mind if you want a page sooner, you can snap it yourself too ;-)

  • Tony
    Tony
    1/5/2015 11:56 PM

    @Ralph I personally also prefer writing on paper as well, but at the same time I do also like having a digital rendition. I use MS OneNote a lot and have the app on my phones as well. What I do now is use the camera in the OneNote app to snap a picture of my pages as I finish them. You can select "document" and it will correct angles, lighting, etc. Not perfect, nor as good as an actual scan, but it works ok for me. SnagIt has a phone app "Fuse" which will sync images to your desktop, also acting like a scanner of sorts. I haven't played with it much for this use case however.

  • Carol
    Carol
    1/5/2015 12:41 PM

    Is there just a one time syncing to the cloud? In other words, do I need to complete the whole notebook before I sync it or can I continue to add content to the notebook and sync multiple times?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 1:02 PM

    @Carol hey Carol, that's correct. We recommend having it digitized when you're finished with the notebook. Keep in mind you can always digitize single pages throughout your use before you're ready to have the entire thing digitized.

  • Desmond
    Desmond
    1/5/2015 12:42 PM

    This idea is brilliant. I love using a physical notebook. I live by it! You have solved the one problem. Thank you.

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 1:01 PM

    @Desmond Cheers, Desmond!

  • tobey
    tobey
    1/5/2015 1:20 PM

    @Jon I was wondering once you send your book in the self addressed envelop, do you get the actual book back with your original drawings and ideas?

    Tobey

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    1/5/2015 1:34 PM

    Hi Tobey, you can get the book sent back to you within five business days or you can have it recycled. Completely up to you!

  • Jack
    Jack
    1/5/2015 1:50 PM

    How is this financially feasible? If the quality of the book is good, then it's costing you presumably $5-$10. Then you're paying for the customer to return the completed book to you. Then if the book is not being separated for scanning, someone is having to scan the book one double page at a time turning each page into a separate page for viewing on the app. If there's 100 pages in the book, that's a minimum of 50 scans. I like the idea, but seems like your labor and overhead would be an issue. Just curious. How many books can you do a day? If this really takes off, how will you keep up with demand?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 2:16 PM

    @Jack thanks for the inquiry! We have invested a lot of time and effort into developing a system that can digitize and upload each notebook (and double page scan) with the smallest amount of effort possible. That includes making sure after each page is digitized, it is also simultaneously cropped and uploaded. Since we launched last March, we have been receiving more and more notebooks as the months roll by. At the moment it is not 'how many we can do in a day', yet 'how many we have had to do in a day'. So far we have been able to knock out around 5 destructible and 5 non-destructible, totaling at ten notebooks in one day. This can total to around several dozen a week. We hope to increase the weekly load as more and more notebooks are going to be mailed back. Thanks again for the question!

  • Brett
    Brett
    1/5/2015 2:17 PM

    How many pages in each book?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 2:25 PM

    @Brett there are 60 pages in each notebook (totaling 120 front to back). Each page is 120 gsm thick.

  • Brett
    Brett
    1/5/2015 2:21 PM

    Is there additional cost to have the book returned

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 2:29 PM

    @Brett Yes, there is a $10 charge for a returned notebook. It helps us cover shipping, packaging, and entailed labor costs.

  • Pat
    Pat
    1/5/2015 3:04 PM

    Hi Jon,

    Do you ever get returned books from people who wish to use the notebooks as diaries?

    Seeing as there are only 60 pages per notebook you would maybe send diary entries in every other month depending on length of the notes. Please advise me on confidentiality if you have clients who do this.It seems like a great idea!

    P.M.

    .

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 3:17 PM

    @Pat Hi Pat! We have had users let us know that they use our service for diaries. I am not sure on the time range that it takes each individual to fill out their notebook/diary because to be completely honest, we do not look at the digitized pages other than to ensure the cropping/uploading did not inquire any errors in the process. We can ensure each notebook is safely monitored for confidentiality during the digitizing process as well as safely stored before it is returned to the owner. We appreciate the kind words as well!

  • Saqib
    Saqib
    1/5/2015 3:56 PM

    Can I send you my existing notebooks? I already have a couple of notebooks very similar to these mod style ones and I use them in exactly the same way. I'd like the old ones scanned and added too :D

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 4:09 PM

    @Saqib Not yet, but we're working on a solution for this!

  • Judith
    Judith
    1/5/2015 3:57 PM

    I have a lot of notebooks full of drawings- can you digitize these?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 4:10 PM

    @Judith Not quite, but working on this!

  • Noah
    Noah
    1/5/2015 7:53 PM

    When I get the notebook digitized, what format do I get it in? Let's say some of the pages or just notes or scribbles, but some are parts of a zine I want to make. If those completed pages aren't in the correct order, will I be able to pull apart each separate page as a separate document, or is it all one thing?

  • Jon
    Jon – Special Guest
    1/5/2015 8:28 PM

    @Noah Hey Noah. You will be able to download the document as a pdf. So if you have Adobe or Preview, you will be more than capable to switch around the pages.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.