How do you like your notebook?

Moleskine versus the rest

An article I found in The Guardian recently summed up something I have often been wondering. Is the plain simplicity of the Moleskine better? There are so many alternatives to a Moleskine book available, and they all try to mark out their individuality with a series of features, such as page numbers (Jottrr, Leuchtturm), mixed pages (Jottrr), coloured covers (Habana, Leuchtturm, Castelli, Jottrr), unusual paper (Whitelines) and more. Is the pared down 'it's a notebook' approach of Moleskine actually the better one, or do the features actually help? I guess like everything it comes down to personal preference, but it is something I have been wondering about and then one line in the article summed it up for me - "More disturbingly, those numbered pages have begun to stress me out, as though I should at all times be doing stuff worthy of careful indexing. The entirely blank Moleskine pages are so much more relaxing."

Anyone else have an opinion on this one?

2 thoughts on “How do you like your notebook?”

  • Fayre

    Moleskine notebooks don't even enter the equation for me as the paper is not fountain pen friendly - The "Folio" range is slightly better, but still not great.

    I fill a Master Leuchtturm 1917 every 2 weeks or so - It suits me because the paper is good quality and takes my fountain pen ink nicely. The page numbering is very useful as are the index pages - it doesn't sway me to buy the notebook though, I can always index and number as I go if the notebook is blank in this regard.

    Personally I prefer my notebooks to be black, but I understand those who want to use coloured covers to show, for example, the subject the notebook contains or simply to brighted their desk.

    To conclude - the paper makes the notebook. If that is high quality and takes ink without feathering or bleed through I am happy. Other features do not make or break the deal.

    • Dominic

      I agree on the paper quality - there was an interesting article I found before showing the different qualities of paper and how the Rhodia, Moleskine and Habana books handled ink. Still, the question is still there - why not just produce a better quality book without the frills?

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