LivingWriter vs FairNote

Side-by-side comparison of features, reviews, pricing and more


Category: Note-taking tool
Industries: Academia, Publishing,


96 USD/ year

9.99 USD/ month

14 days free trial


Category: Note-taking tool
Industries: Education, Business

20M+ Downloads

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LivingWriter reviews

I've been using this app for awhile on my tablet and desktop. While the desktop app isn't perfect, this app is particularly frustrating to use, especially if you're using a physical keyboard. The arrow keys don't control the cursor, instead cycling through the header navigation. Once you've accidentally pressed an arrow key, pressing space bar makes the menu open, without fail. It's very irritating.

- Alissa McGee

Perfect for those who like to plot out their stories. The tools are very versatile and I easily adjusted them to my needs. I love that I can jump between mobile and web, since I write 80% on my phone and 20% on the computer. My only major qualm with this app is that I really like the element link feature, but I don't think it works on the app. I can see the element links I've made on the web version, but as far as I can tell, I can't make links.

- Nico

I love the desktop version but the app leaves so much to be desired. Basic functions like being able to use auto correct or select/highlight text to cut or copy and paste is just non existent and it lags like crazy. Part of the reason I signed up was for the supposed convenience of being able to work on my projects from my phone or computer when on the go but that's simply not possible with so many basic functions (which can be found in any other writing app) just aren't available.

- Eli Ernest

FairNote reviews

After download & initial use, I got the pro version. Has just about every feature I could want, including widgets (and a few I didn't know about) in a note/list app. I can share notes from FairNote w/ other apps & I can be sent notes from other apps that have ability to share to FairNote. PS Pro version has two choices for dark theme--dark base theme or black (OLED) base theme!! Very satisfied with FairNote. It is the best-selling! No change in review. Excellent app.

- Woman of Spirit

Using this app since 2016 & I have never felt to use anywhere else. But now story is different. Notes randomly disappear. If1 has made a to do list of items to buy in list format & used widget to keep them on home screen for reminding, it turns into dots and into para, not listed or bulletins. Notes text limit is not known so if your text exceeds that, you lose the other part that doesn't come up. Local backup needs work to be readable on another device or OS. Need sound reminders for medicines.

- Running Rabbit Hole

Overall, I like the app and it has most of the features I'm looking for. However, there are a few features it is missing before I can fully switch to it. Needs to sync with multiple devices, I'd pay for a reasonably priced subscription even for this feature. As far as using on multiple devices I can't even enable pro on my chromebook, just tells me I already own it. If you wanted to take it even further, desktop apps, or at least a web app would be a great addition.

- A Google user

Pros & cons


Living Writer stores all your book content in Amazon Cloud Services
The work is encrypted, and the app team can’t access it
You can also use it directly from the web app if you prefer
The app offers basic spellchecking, image insert, and other functions you can expect from any text editor

The app didn’t seem to work well with outside tools like Grammarly
There’s also no “readability” metric, which some writers enjoy
There aren’t many customization options for re-arranging how tools or windows appear.


Create text and checklist notes
Assign labels/tags and colors to notes
Protect notes with AES-256 encryption
Encrypted notes stay encrypted in filesystem and backups
If title and content both are present, only note's content gets encrypted and the title stays plaintext

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