Tuesday, 24 February 2009

What's the thing about Moleskine?


I just finished my third Moleskine notebook, so I took a break from work, walked over to the second nearest bookstore and bought a new one. I bought a soft cover ruled notebook in large size, because they didn't have the one I normally buy, the one with cardboard bound covers. I'm curious to find out if I like the soft cover version just as much. The first Moleskine I had was a ruled reporter notebook, which was a format I didn't like. Maybe it would have worked better with soft cover.

The notebook cost 179 kr, which is ca € 20,50 $ 26 (!!) I asked if the soft cover version is more expensive than the cardboard bound version. The lady behind the counter said they are the same price, and that the Moleskines had just become a little more expensive.

179 kr is a pricey notebook, don't you think? So why did I buy it? A 10 kr notebook covers the same need. Well, my excuse for buying Moleskines is that I like how they look, I like writing on the acid-free paper and I like the expandable inner pocket where I keep my business card. Simple as that. It's a small piece of everyday happiness.

I always have the Moleskine in my bag, together with my black A5 size Filofax-ish calendar. They are important parts of my everyday life. I use the Moleskine for work, especially when I do interviews. I keep the ones that I have finished because I like the feeling of a handwritten book.

Do you use Moleskines? If you do, why do you buy them and not just any other notebook? What's the thing about Moleskine?

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21 comments:

  1. Next time when you go to Italy stock up in Moleskines. They are produced in Milan and should be less expensive in Italy. The usual black hardcover notebook (9*14cm) is about 12euros.

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  2. the other day i stopped a friend from buying a moleskine sketchbook haha, which cost about rm80 (~ 160kr i think). instead i showed him a similar sketchbook but locally made, which was just rm12 ;)

    i get all sorts of notebooks, and sometimes make my own. that stops me from buying such an expensive one like moleskine :)

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  3. Hello Astrid. Yes, I do use them, and I'm a huge fan. I use the soft cover ruled medium size. It is just perfect. I carry it every day, almost everywhere I go. It has been liberating to start using it. I can write down all my ideas and not fear to forget them anymore !

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  4. Hi Astrid
    Yes, I always have a moleskin diary, I go for the 18 month one so I dont feel as guilty! Dont know what it is about them,maybe we like them BECAUSE they are expensive!! (but then again isnt everything expensive in Norway?? our wedding cost 3x more in Norway than it would have in England, but the view and the crayfish made it worthwhile!)

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  5. I love my Moleskine-Notebook. I carry it around in my bag every day to use it for short notes I want to keep. I know, Moleskines are quite expensive, but I like their simple design. And their cover is really robust :)

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  6. Finally, I've allowed myself to splurge on a Moleskine, but that was because it was on sale for $7.50 US!!! It's the soft cover with no lines! After carrying it around without making a single mark in it for a couple of weeks, I think you've finally inspired me to dive in and find out what the fuss is all about.

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  7. i agree with guldtjej: the cover really is robust, so the notebook can take a beating in my purse and still survive. i used the large ones for note-taking in grad school and i used a little one for a journal.

    i love the quality of the paper and especially the little pocket in the back. i've tried imitation moleskins, and they're just not the same! the hard cover moleskins here are about $12-$17, so they don't seem so expensive.

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  8. I also use them. I love the diary (small one). This year I got one in red.
    They're actually the only ones (diaries) I really like. Maybe because they are so simple, but still very handy!

    I also have their notebooks, 2 in A6, but I find them too small to write and draw...

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  9. I love them too. I don't know what it is about them but they are special. Have you visited Moleskinerie.com?

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  10. Oj, det var jo svindyrt da?! Jeg kjøper alltid billige notat bøker, for jeg har ikke samvittighet til å kludre til de vakre sidene med håndskriften min ;-)

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  11. I wonder who gave you that first Moleskine :)

    I've been using them for years. I've been taking less and less notes with them lately, but mainly because I didn't have that many notes to take, still love them. I use one to put all my Polaroid PoGo prints in.

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  12. Good grief, that's crazy! Next time ask a friend in the States to send you a bunch - they are $7.95 (US) at Borders!

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  13. i love love moleskines, and have found that they are the cheapest on amazon.... not sure if it will be the same case for you...but wow that is expensive for you! hmmmm maybe we can make an arrangement, i'll send you some in exchange for some of my favorite norwegian goodies ;))))

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  14. I LOVE Moleskines. I use the regular sized planner and the regular sized ruled notebooks for travel diaries and journals. Oh, and the mini soft notebooks for carrying around in my handbag for when inspiration strikes.

    I can't even really explain why I don't mind paying a ridiculous price for them. Maybe it's because they look so nice and orderly lined up on my desk - and I like order!!

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  15. Seems we are in good company: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/2009/02/24/122-moleskine-notebooks/

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  16. I have used the A5 Moleskine weekly notebook for several years now. I love page layout, the elastic loop and the concertina pocket that keeps all my clippings together, and the sturdy cover that can take a year's bashing in my bag.

    If I divide the cost by 52 (weeks in the year) it's quite cost effective for something you carry with you everyday that is beautiful to use.

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  17. Thanks for the link, Belle. That's a funny post.

    Oh yes, that's right Mathias, you got me hooked. I wondered yesterday where I got it, but couldn't remember.

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  18. i have already confessed my addiction to the graph paper moleskine. i have one for each project and draw and write in them every day. i have to have a new one on hand, too, because God forbid i fill one and can’t immediately start on another!

    i try to always buy them on sale. chronicle sells them and i bought a pile during their pre-christmas sale. i’ve bought them on sale at dick blick and at borders.

    we are a moleskine family. jack uses the small music notebooks for writing music and the small storyboard journal for comic ideas!

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  19. i just bought my first Moleskine one month ago. i thought it was so expensive, and fine and new i haven´t even started yet. i´m just caressing it gently;D
    i have used other similar one notebooks, but now when i once got my hands on Moleskine, i think i can´t change back anymore. it´s just, different..?

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  20. Hello, I'm not sure how I found your blog but I like it very much.

    This blog: http://www.blackcover.net/ is written by a guy obsessed with Moleskins and finding less expensive alternatives.

    Thanks for your pretty blog!

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