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What good are notebooks? (David Byrne)
Moleskine Plain Notebook
Member Name: areajohn
Moleskine Plain Notebook
Advantages: Well thought out and durable
Moleskine Notebooks - What good are notebooks? (David Byrne)
If you have never come across a Moleskine notebook previously then here is a bit of history for you. Originally made by a small family owned French business in Tours and later on bought back to life and rebranded by a Milanese publisher in 1997. (Details on Moleskin Website www.moleskine.com).
Purportedly owned and used by a host of famous people which the website uses to give the books a degree of respectability. (Or to charge more?)
Moleskine produce many different varieties of books however I have only purchased 3 types and can only discuss these, they are:
Small notebook - 14cm x 9 cm, black. Lined throughout with just under a 100 pages the end papers are slightly thicker than the others and have a printed space for your name and address and a space for you to enter a reward amount , should you consider your little black book to be worth one. There is also a small concertina pocket to the rear for putting away those bits of paper that you keep losing and an integral elastic band that keeps the book shut when not being used. The covers are hard and covered in (My case) black leather type material and are rounded on the corners.
There is also a page marker attached as well, made of a sort of cloth material. Paid £7.04 with free delivery from Amazon.
I use this book for important numbers and passwords, it is small enough to pop in my pocket and robust enough to get bashed about a bit and still be in one piece when I find it. The pages can be awkward to write on but this is due to the size and you compromise the ability to write with the size on these products. Love this little book and never go far without it.
Medium Notebook - 13cm x 21cm - This book is exactly the same as the one above in every detail except the size. I use this one as a daily journal and have no issue writing on the pages and have taken it to the top of Ben Nevis and written in it there. Although to be fair the cold got to my fingers and it does look a bit like a spiders scrawl on that page.
The concertina pocket on this one is large enough to put postcards and larger items and I find very useful as I come across items that I want to stick into my journal but not straight away. It keeps them flat and stops them getting crumpled prior to sticking in. Again this is a hard backed book and this stays in my brief case most of the time as I use it on a daily basis. Over 200 pages to this book and I find using it as a journal very economical. Cost £9.92 from Amazon
Extra Large Notebook - 25cm x 19 cm Again this follows the standard rules for this type of book, the exception here is that I chose a flexible soft cover. I chose this because I wanted something for a specific event. In this case it was for my English Channel Solo crossing. It allowed me to pass the book around for people to write in prior and afterwards to the swim and also collect the countless cards and emails I received from people and stick them in like a scrap book. It also has the elastic cover holder which helps to retain the pages and the flexible covers allow some movement to allow for the now bulky look of the book. Cost for this one was £9.34 (but this was an offer and I bought two)
I have several of these books unused and waiting on the shelf, I buy them when I see them on offer which isn't very often. They are not the type of notebbok that you would want to buy and use as scrap paper. These books do look good but are also very practical and if used as journals or "little black books" then they will last a long time and become an economical buy. If you have some bits you want to stick in a book and keep for a one off event then again these are nice to use.
For daily notes and scribbling paper - use something else.
So to answer David Byrne (Talking Heads, Life During Wartime, Stop making sense album) "What good are notebooks?" - I think they are great, the better made the more I like them and each size has its own use. An extravagance that lasts.
Summary: Excellent quality , pay the extra this is worth it
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