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Soft-cover Moleskine pocket notebook - the verdict

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Feb. 23rd, 2009 | 10:19 pm

So, my soft cover pocket Moleskine is almost used up now, so I think I can reasonably state the pros and cons.

Pro:

  • It won't break if it's in your back pocket and you sit down. On the other hand, I've never had this happen with a hard cover one either.

  • The cover doesn't get bent into odd angles from being in odd positions in your pocket or bag, or rather it does, it just doesn't make any difference. I have had pocket hardcovers get oddly twisted, at least enough to annoy me, and felt obliged to twist them back, which never works. In retrospect I should just have left them pressed underneath something heavy overnight.

  • It's slightly lighter and less bulky.

  • The cover being thinner means that you can paperclip things to it.

Con:

  • It's distinctly harder to write in it with no solid surface to lean on. You can fold it back on itself, which works reasonably well, but is probably the reason why I have encountered the next con. (This is more of an issue for the pocket ones - if you are using a mid-sized A5-ish notebook, or larger, you probably mostly write on it at a table or desk anyway rather than when standing up, though you should be aware that the soft cover makes it harder to write on when it's, say, on your knee.)

  • I had trouble with the back pages coming away from the binding. This may be to do with my folding it in half at the beginning for extra pages behind the current one to press on - it's not that soft. This book now has a lot of Scotch tape holding the back cover and back couple of pages to the rest.

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On balance the cons slightly outweigh the pros for me, so my next pocket notebook (I have already bought a replacement) is a hardcover squared reporter-style. However, before I start with that, I am going to try using an A5 hardcover non-reporter which my stepmother gave me, on the basis that I usually have a bag with me to keep it in and when I don't, I have an iPod Touch that can be used to store notes and add calendar entries, and also while walking or standing or in any position - even, badly, with one hand.

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Rabbi Mindbender

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Feb. 24th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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I love the idea of carrying a notebook, but seeing as my job s to sit in front of a computer 40 hours a week they are fairly redundant. I own 2 or 3 moleskine books but I don't think they have more then a page of scribbles in them.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Feb. 24th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
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I sit in front of a computer for maybe twice that, given that I work from home and my hobbies are computer-based, but the few hours I am away from the machine have to be filled somehow. I process and transcript entries from the notebooks into more usable digital formats.

Also one is less likely to be mugged for a Moleskine than a Macbook Pro.

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Rabbi Mindbender

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from: elijahdprophet
date: Feb. 24th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
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The secret shame of why I don't carry one is that nothing I think of during the day is really worth writing down...

It would be a notebook full of twitter posts that never were.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Feb. 24th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
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I used to think this, but unless you write down all the stupid things, you never end up with anything at all. Admittedly this is a big post in itself.

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Moleskin

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date: Feb. 25th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
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Well reviewing Moleskins beats working for a living I suppose ... you really should get a job with them and combine business with pleasure!
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from: oh_my_precious
date: Feb. 26th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
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FM, I know you from long long ago on f2b. you are lonely and bored. stop sucking and go do something fun.

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soho_iced

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from: soho_iced
date: Feb. 27th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
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So did you buy fish or not? Did you buy some fish-like substance, like crab sticks?

Your public wants to know. Otherwise I approve of this shopping list, btw.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Feb. 27th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
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A line through the box means that I decided that I already had the item or didn't want it in the end.

I did however buy some pollock recently.

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