VN-5000 Olympus digital voice recorder. I wanted the simplest, cheapest good device I could find. It cost around $30 – is mono only and doesn’t import audio to your computer. This one is to be used as dictation only, and so far I love it.
Part of working on a book is remembering to listen to your brain – for when your brain is telling you the story. I woke up at 6am a few nights ago and after about ten minutes I realized my brain was composing. I wasn’t thinking about the book anymore, the book was being written, right then. This gadget is for that – but also for commuting, etc. I’m not sure yet how the process difference (writing vs. talking) will change things. Guess I’ll find out. But so far it’s made for a nice productivity gain.