Your Top Going Paperless Products Of 2013

Your Top Going Paperless Products Of 2013

TrophiesIt can be helpful to see what other people are doing when they go paperless, and part of that is the products that they use.

In 2013, many of you chose to support the DocumentSnap site by making online purchases through some of the links on the site. For example, when you purchase a scanner through Amazon, I receive a small commission.

One nice thing about this is that at the end of the year, I can take a look at which products were the most popular with DocumentSnap readers. I obviously can’t see your purchase, but I can see what has been sold by Amazon and other vendors in an anonymous aggregate format.

As I do every year, here are the most popular going-paperless hardware, books, and DocumentSnap products that were purchased via my links in 2013.

Full disclosure: the links below are also special links, so if you choose to purchase something after clicking one of them, I will get a small commission. If you don’t want to do that, not a problem. Just track the item down manually.

Physical Products

Top 10 Physical Paperless ProductsThe top 10 physical products for 2013 are:

  1. Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500. The ScanSnap desktop model is crazy fast and can scan wirelessly to a computer or mobile device. It was released in 2013, so it is not surprising that it was the winner this year. My iX500 review is here.
  2. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i. The S1300i is the “personal” model, and is usually the best seller through DocumentSnap. Until the iX500 came out, this was my main scanner model for years. It is small but also has a document feeder and is double-sided. My review of the S1300i is here.
  3. ScanSnap Carrier Sheet 5 Pack. If you have delicate or oddly-shaped documents, these carrier sheets can help protect them.
  4. Scanned Rubber Stamp. People just love these. They’re a big seller every year, and I don’t even link to them.
  5. ScanSnap S1500/S1500M. These desktop ScanSnaps were replaced by the iX500 at the beginning of the year.
  6. ScanSnap SV600. This ScanSnap was also released in 2013. It is an overhead scanner, and scans books and other oddly-shaped objects. It can also automatically separate documents. My ScanSnap SV600 review is here.
  7. Adonit Jot Pro. This is the stylus that I currently use to write/mark up PDFs on my iPad, and apparently many of you use it as well.
  8. Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100. The portable ScanSnap. My review is here.
  9. Doxie Go. Doxie’s scanner that lets you scan without being plugged into a computer. It can even scan wirelessly. My review here.
  10. Fellowes 99Ci. The professional shredder from Fellowes, for home office and small business.


BooksThe top 10 books related to going paperless are:

  1. Evernote Essentials. This is the gold standard for Evernote books. Version 4 was released this year, and my review is here.
  2. Evernote®: The unofficial eBook to capturing everything and getting things done. Daniel Gold’s excellent ebook about using Getting Things Done with Evernote. My review is here. I heard a rumour that a new version is on the way, so stay tuned.
  3. Take Control Of Your Paperless Office. An extremely comprehensive guide to going paperless by Joe Kissell. The Second Edition was released in 2013, and here is my review.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

DocumentSnap Products

Top DocumentSnap ProductsMany DocumentSnap readers have found the guides that I publish helpful. Perhaps you will too?

  1. The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide – Mac. How to use the Fujitsu ScanSnap effectively, written in plain English.
  2. The Unofficial ScanSnap Setup Guide – Windows. The Windows version of the popular ScanSnap guide.
  3. Paperless Document Organization Guide – Master. The most popular version of the Paperless Document Organization Guide. Includes all the bonuses and goodies – interviews, videos, and the entire most recent class of the Paperless Action Plan.
  4. Paperless Document Organization Guide – Specialist. The guide, videos, and workflows.
  5. Paperless Document Organization Guide – Practitioner. The basic version of the Paperless Document Organization Guide, if all you want is the PDF.
  6. Go Paperless With Hazel Webinar. I did my first ever live webinar, all about how to use Hazel to go paperless. It was a blast, so expect another webinar soon.
  7. 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 2013. I’ll continue to strive to provide you with as much helpful information as I can.

Do you have a product you’d add to this list? Leave a note in the comment and let us know your favorite.

(Photo by terren in Virginia)

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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