Throughout the year, I am reminded that DocumentSnap has the best readers on the entire interwebs. I am extremely grateful and honoured that many of you choose to support the site by purchasing going-paperless products through my links. For that, I thank you.
One unintended benefit is that I can run some reports and see what the most popular products are. I can’t see what you purchased, but I can see what products are sold in an anonymous, aggregate format.
Many people found last year’s list interesting, so here are the most paperless going-paperless products, eBooks, and DocumentSnap products that were purchased via my links in 2011.
The top 10 physical products for 2011 are:
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300. For the second year in a row, this is the most popular scanner. It hits the sweet spot of price, speed, and scans duplex and has a great document feeder. My review here.
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500. Fujitsu’s powerful Windows desktop scanner. It is fast, holds a bunch of paper, and people swear by it.
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M. The Mac version of the S1500.
- Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100. Fujitsu’s new portable scanner that was released in 2011. My review here.
- Fellowes W–11C Shredder. Fellowes’ 11-sheet cross-cut shredder.
- Belkin F5L009 Network USB Hub. A network USB hub. Some people have reported good results using their scanner over the network with one of these.
- Canon imageFORMULA P–150. Canon’s popular portable scanner with TWAIN support and Evernote integration.
- Fellowes B–161C Shredder. Fellowes’ 16-sheet cross-cut shredder.
- NeatDesk. Neat’s desktop scanner with receipt categorization software.
- Doxie Go. The newest Doxie portable scanner that lets you scan without being plugged into a computer. My review here.
The top 10 eBooks are:
- Evernote®: The unofficial eBook to capturing everything and getting things done. Daniel Gold’s excellent (and recently updated) ebook about using Getting Things Done with Evernote. My review is here.
- Evernote Essentials. If you want to master Evernote, this book by Brett Kelly is hard to beat. My review is here.
- Take Control Of Your Paperless Office. An extremely comprehensive guide to going paperless by Joe Kissell. My review is here.
- Take Control Of Getting Started With Devonthink 2. I point people to this guide when they ask me about Devonthink. Also by the ridiculously prolific Joe Kissell.
- Take Control of Backup Up Your Mac. The name says it all. What do you know, it’s by Joe Kissell!
- Take Control Of PDFPen 5. PDFPen is a great Mac application for working with PDFs, and this is a good guide if you want to master it. By Michael E. Cohen.
- Take Control of TextExpander. I use TextExpander all day every day, and this guide will help you become a TextExpander ninja. Also by Michael E. Cohen.
- It’s All Too Much. Not about going paperless specifically, but it is a great book by Peter Walsh about clutter in general and dealing with the emotional aspects.
2011 was the first year that I created some of my own products and courses. In case you are curious, here are the most popular ones:
- The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide – Mac. The Mac version of the guide won the top spot, but not by as much as I had expected.
- Paperless Document Organization Guide – Specialist. As you can tell, this is by far the most popular version of the Paperless Document Organization Guide.
- The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide – Windows. The Windows version of the popular ScanSnap guide.
- Paperless Document Organization Guide – Practitioner. The version of the Paperless Document Organization Guide without the videos or Paperless Action Plan recordings.
- Paperless Action Plan. In October and November I ran a month long course all about going paperless. It was popular, so look for it to make a return soon.
- Paperless Document Organization Guide – Master. The “premium” version of the Paperless Document Organization Guide that includes the recordings from the last Paperless Action Plan.
- Going Paperless Jumpstart Teleseminar. In February, I did a call with a group of DocumentSnap readers to answer questions. The recording is available for purchase.
- The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide – Combo. Includes both the Mac and Windows versions, for you cross-platform folks.
Thank you again for supporting the site in 2011, and I hope you find this list as interesting as I did. This year, look for more content on a wider range of scanners, and more how-to information.
If you have any questions or thoughts about this list, head on down to the comment section.
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I used the Canadian spelling there to show how sincere I am. ↩
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