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?

Reader Comments

  1. 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.

    1. Hi
      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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