I love having a small notebook handy to make lists and plans, and record my thoughts. Getting these things down on paper, rearranging them, and reworking them helps me maintain some order in everything I care about-- or at least it makes me feel like I'm keeping things in order.
But of course, I could use an inexpensive notebook from the grocery store for that. I love using a Moleskine because it strikes an excellent balance between being a luxury item and a completely affordable one. As notebooks go, they are expensive. Probably exorbitantly so. But while I can't afford the finest car on the market, bespoke clothes, or a private jet, I can certainly indulge in a very nice notebook.
The superior quality of Moleskine notebooks is obvious when handling one. The paper is smoother and more supple, it has a creamy color without the glare common in other notebooks, and the construction is more thoughtful, with solid binding, a durable cover, and of course the well-known page marker and back pocket.
You can find a number of opinions online about the best high-end notebook on the market, and I certainly don't dismiss the possibility of others besting the Moleskine. I even have my own complaints about Moleskine-- they certainly aren't perfect. But I continue to prefer it to other notebooks I have tried, for a variety of reasons. I plan to review other notebooks in the future and will compare notebooks in detail at that time. In the meantime, please send me your thoughts on your favorite notebooks and suggestions for ones I should review. High on my list are Guildhall and the Rhodia Webbie.
I have become very attached to my Moleskine over the years and have tried a number of alternatives, including fully digital alternatives like iPhone aps. I have found some notebooks that come close, but none that make me happy enough to switch. Please visit again and lets explore new notebooks and uses together.