For hundreds of years, the idea of a diary or journal has conjured images of a bound book filled with thoughts and feelings expressed in cursive handwriting. Although times have changed, the benefits of writing— especially daily writing— have not. Luckily, there are more ways than ever to start keeping a journal, and most of them require much less effort than the classic route. The iPad in particular has proven to be fertile ground for diary apps of all kinds. The best apps are able to keep the feeling of writing in a book while still including useful modern features such as exporting options, syncing, and backup. This AppGuide focuses on apps that mimic the form and function of a traditional journal or diary. Think of it as a beginner or experienced diarist’s guide to using the iPad for an age-old pastime.