Sometimes a glowing screen can’t replace the feel and flexibility of old-fashioned pen and paper. When you need a good notebook to jot down your thoughts or doodles in, you have plenty to choose from. This week, we’re going to check out some the best paper notebooks money can buy, based on your nominations.
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You can score a cheap notebook at any office supply store (or $2 shop), but if you want something with a hardback cover, premium paper and an overall feeling of quality, you’ll pay a little more. The brand we’re featuring here come from around the world, and a little judicious online shopping can save you money if you can’t find these choices in a local stationer. If you want an Australian one-stop shop for most of the notebooks featured here, check out Notemaker (which offers $6.50 flat-rate shipping and free postage if you spend more than $65).
Leuchtturm1917 has been making high quality notebooks for close to 100 years, and offers a range of sizes, from pocket-sized notebooks to full-sized journals and reporter’s note pads that flip upwards rather than right-to-left. Other unusual options include the Jottbookand a five year memory book.
Whitelines makes a number of different notebooks, including traditional hard and soft-bound organizational notebooks, but is particularly notable for its high-quality spiral notebooks that lay perfectly flat on either side, and its wire and glue flip-up notebooks that can be used from any direction. As the name suggests, their notebooks feature white lines (on grey paper) rather than the traditional black or blue.
Rhodia is arguably best known for its classic black-and-orange writing pads, but offers a broader range including leather-bound dot-grid notebooks and flip-up notepads. One of its key selling points is the quality of the paper used in those books. Rhodia is in the same parent company as Clairefontaine, another well-regarded notebook producer.
As the name suggests, Field Notes notebooks are designed to be carried and used in a range of situations and environments. Field Notes notebook come in ruled, graph, or plain varieties, and you can order them in mixed batches . The Expedition Edition line of Field Notes notebooks are especially rugged, and the company claims they’re “virtually indestructable”.
Ah, Moleskine notebooks. Love them or hate them, treasure them forever or consider them the “hipster notebook” and a mark of pretentiousness, there’s no doubt that Moleskine notebooks are everywhere. We’ve even interviewed the co-founder and current VP of Moleskine here at Lifehacker. Moleskine makes notebooks of almost every shape and size, for every writing type and style, and with so many different types of paper (blank, perforated, dot-grid, lined-grid, ruled, wide-ruled, calendar) that it’s difficult to keep up. Moleskine even has “city notebooks,” complete with maps of the town you’re planning to visit, and plenty of space to make notes. We also have to mention the Moleskine Smart Notebook, that connects with Evernote.
Those were the five most popular choices, but that doesn’t mean the writing is on the wall. Tell us about your own favourite brand of paper notebook in the coments.