Honestly, we just don’t know. We’ve successfully tested whiteboard markers from Staedtler, Faber Castell, Neuland, Expo, Staples’ Remarx brand, and Lyreco – but others should work too. In the future we plan to set up a forum where our customers can review and discuss their favorite Betabook-compatible markers and pens.
Yes. One brand which works that we have tried is Staedtler Lumocolor Correctable 305. These pens require a bit more friction than a traditional whiteboard marker to remove. These are a great solution for left-handed people who want to reduce smearing when working with Betabook. Please note: this is not a Staedtler product endorsement – other fine line whiteboard markers and pens may work too.
We are discussing this issue with our suppliers right now and looking for possible solutions. If you want to be one of the first to know if we make Betabooks with lines / grids / dots available, the easiest way would be to pledge $2 or more and join our official Betabook Templates Waiting List.
At the moment our supply chain has many variables and we want to make sure we give ourselves enough time to get the 1st edition produced at a high quality and on schedule. There is a chance we will be able to deliver earlier if there are no major delays in ordering materials.
This summer before launching we did some shipping tests and learned that it is problematic to ship our products "closed" because now and then they are creased in transit. By shipping the Betabook Pro open, however, we create a package which is quite large (a bit bigger than A3) and so it costs more to ship it inside of Germany than it might otherwise seem it should.