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Jul. 16th, 2008 | 10:33 am

Atoma notebooks

ATOMA ring-binding notebook system from Belgium. In sizes from A4 to A7, the smaller sizes being compatible with the larger notebooks as you see. In fact you can put together your own notebooks from the rings, covers and paper, it seems. (You'll have to shell out eighty-five quid if you want to actually have your own punch though.)

Yes, this is the sort of thing. I have looked at Filofaxes but they're not really notebooks - they are a whole system of their own, and come with all sorts of things I don't want. I don't want an "organiser", I have loads of software and so on for that which I am perfectly happy with. I also don't want to shell out fifty quid for an A4 faux-leather binder.

I'm not sure I can wait a week to get one though. I wonder if I can find any shops stocking them in London.

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gair

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from: gair
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Prettypretty. Are those notebooks somehow... joined together in unnatural congress, though? Or are they just stacked on top of each other, as God intended? (I think I am overthinking the word 'system'. Basically they are just a ring-binder in the form of a notebook, yes?)

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
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Sort of a combination between a notebook and a ring-binder, I think. The paper has T-shaped holes which go all the way out to the edge of the paper, and the rings are really solid wheels with fat rims, and apparently everything holds together and can be clipped in and out very simply - no need to open or close anything. I'm suspicious that the paper might fall out if it gets tatty but it seems not.

After posting this I asked a Belgian friend and she knew all about them - I've put in an order for her to bring me some over. It seems they're mostly sold as notebooks rather than as separate parts, and tend to be plastic rather than that posh aluminium/faux leather look.

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Tannhauser

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from: spyinthehaus
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I had something very similar - based around exactly the same structure - and the pages pulling out under any significant sheer stress was a problem. Possibly there is a solution involving dimensions or paper thickness, however.

I bought it in what used to be Bureau just of Leicester Square, on Cranbourn Street, I think - it now has a modish neologism name, which is probably better for web searches but so unmemorable one cannot carry it to the web in one's brain. Yezuda or similar?

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
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That's a little discouraging, though perhaps if generations of Belgians have grown up loving the things (or at least not hating them by the time they leave school) perhaps they have developed a solution there. Or maybe impermanent pages are considered a bonus.

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Sugarimp

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from: sugarimp
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
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Ack, what's wrong with you! Why can't you just go to the nearest Chinese store and get a 3 for 1 dollar crap like everyone else, you overpaid monkey!

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
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You, madam, are clearly not a Creative Professional. We know the importance of spending large amounts of money and time on pieces of paper cleverly connected together. Why, just looking from my desk I can see nine different notebooks and pads, which makes me Leonardo Da Bloody Vinci.

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Sugarimp

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from: sugarimp
date: Jul. 17th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
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But how many of them do you actually use, creatively?

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 17th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
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You may have missed the point here - about two at the most, that's the thing.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
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I saw reference to those things - they look pretty much the same (a copy perhaps? I don't know which came first) but it looks practically impossible to buy them in the UK. I have no idea why. Atoma is relatively obscure, even if every Belgian knows about it, but at least I can get hold of the stuff....

For some reason the UK consumer seems limited to standard bound notebooks, ring binders and folders, and I have no idea why.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Wipe-off notebooks would just smear though surely? And be unscannable. Also, you have to have the right pen with you.

I did make a hipster PDA but despite having several hundred blank cards I just can't bring myself to _write_ on any of them. *rolls eyes* Having a real PDA makes it feel a bit more pointless too.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Scanning is probably a minority interest, true. I just have this scanner hanging around that I got years ago and keep thinking I should be using.

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Notebooks

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
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One (real) red leather Filofax with hole punch, A-Z tabs, calculator, business card holder and pen sitting on my desk as we speak looking for a new home.
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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jul. 16th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Well, next time I'm down I'll take it off your hands.

The thing about Filofaxes is that they're _fat_ though, they have all these pockets and zips which I really don't need. I have looked at them, given that they're basically the only British-made solution and are having a bit of a renaissance nowadays - they're all over the place, it must be some sort of backlash.

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Re: Notebooks

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 17th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
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Filofaxes are only as fat as you want them to be. Some people (and I am not naming names here) - like massively fat ones with just about everything in them but the kitchen sink and would include the kitchen sink if Filofax had one available.

Some of us lean more to the minimal and, for us, we just choose sparingly and have wafer-thin ones. The point is that provided you have the hole punch and a reasonable guillotine you can make your own personalised papers to suit your own requirements.

And it includes laminated pockets which you could, in theory write on, except that if there were in non-permanent marker they would rub off.
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