Product Type: Moleskine in Homeware
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Moleskine Plain Notebook
Member Name: pink_glitter
Moleskine Plain Notebook
Advantages: beautiful quality and finish
Disadvantages: expensive for a notebook
My husband is lucky in that he often gets freebies with his job. Now and again he gets something really cool, but more often than not they tend to be stationary or novelty items branded with the name of whichever company wants their business. One such item he brought home a few months back was a beautiful Moleskine notebook. He said it was of no use to him as any notes he makes are written into his laptop or iPhone, but he knows I like to write lists and thought this would be handy for me.
Before I talk about the book, I'll just clarify exactly which one I have. The Plain Moleskine book comes in different sizes and cover types, but the one I have and am therefore reviewing is the pocket book with hardback cover. There are also larger versions available as well as those with softer covers, which are flexible, so can be bent/rolled up slightly.
The notebook is 9cm x 14cm and according to Amazon has 192 pages, although I can't confess to having counted them myself! The size is perfect for a handbag and the compact size of the pages make it ideal for jotting down short notes and lists. It's probably not great for any large amounts of writing or note taking though as the pages are so small, but for general day to day use, I find it ideal.
The main thing I noticed when I was given this is simply the quality. It has a black cover with a slightly textured finish to it (don't worry - it's not actually made of mole skin, which someone did actually ask me!), which feels lovely to hold. My husband mockingly refers to it as my 'executive notebook', but it does have a very professional look to it and I actually think it might make a nice little gift for someone starting a new job.
The pages of the book are plain and made from acid free paper. They're not so much white as a creamy colour. To be honest, I think if I was to buy a replacement for this notebook in the future, I'd prefer a lined version, but that's just me. The paper the pages are made from is of a medium thickness and feels good quality.
The page has a ribbon securely attached to it, so that you can mark your page as you go. There is also an elasticated band attached, so that the book can be securely closed without the fear of the pages splaying and then becoming creased in your bag - something which frequently tends to happen to me with notebooks!
On the back page of the book is a pocket which I thought rather unusual. Inside the pocket you will find a sticker with a quality control number. All Moleskine notebooks are made by hand and should you find any defect, you will need to quote this number in any correspondence with Moleskine. How do I know this? Well that's because also in the back pocket is a booklet detailing the history of Moleskine. Having just skim read it, I don't find it very interesting or relevant, but I believe it's a feature of all Moleskine notebooks.
As with all things the price will vary depending on where you wish to shop, but Amazon are currently charging £7.07 for it, and simplymoleskine.com are charging £9.99. Obviously that is quite pricey for a small notebook, but you are paying for both the quality and the branding in this case.
On the whole, I really like this notebook and due to the hard and durable exterior I expect it to last me well. I do think it's perhaps more than I would personally like to pay for a notebook, but it certainly looks impressive and just by holding it you can tell it's a quality item. The pocket size is ideal for carrying around with me and I would happily recommend it.
Summary: my 'executive notebook'
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