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not "Hard Cover"
on January 6, 2015
One of my other reviews deals with the excellent New Leaf recycled composition book, which I have found to have the best combination of characteristics to offer a writer, namely, paper quality and rigid covers, with the significant bonus of being 100 percent recycled. Unfortunately, Amazon offers those only as an add-on item with no volume discount. Because I go through these fairly quickly, I chose to buy a box of the offering from TOPS as an economical, albeit less desirable alternative.
Alas, I was crestfallen; these are not the model I remember. I say this because the initial example of this item that I purchased, which was manufactured in Vietnam, had a rigid cover, whereas these notebooks, which are manufactured in Brazil, do not have covers that can be described as "hard." They are floppy, which means I must frequently resort to using them with a clipboard or tabletop. This is an annoying little detail that probably only has significance to a small contingent of nerds like myself, but I'm stuck on the old style of overbuilt, hardcover composition books that hold their shape when held in the hand so you can actually write on them, because when there's something that's worth writing down, why have tools that work against you?
This is not to say they're total junk, though. One significant favorable quality they have is the actual paper inside, which is still nice, smooth, high-quality writing paper that works equally well with ballpoints and gel pens. If you don't mind the floppy cover, then you'll appreciate these.