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Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) Diary – January 1, 2008
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In the course of my working life I spent several years as a computer tech, and have consequently learned a healthy caution regarding the frailty of electronic devices. The Pocket Moleskine has been the most reliable PDA I've tried. Compact enough to fit in any pants pocket, the covers are stiff enough to provide a firm, stable writing surface even when standing and yet still pliable enough to be comfortable even in a back pocket. A previous reviewer said he expected a notebook "the size of a DVD case". Two points in response: how many DVD-case-sized pockets do you have, and why didn't you order the larger Moleskine? He also complained that he could only get one sentence on a page in his Moleskine. my own handwriting is of a normal size, and a quick check of my most-recently filled Moleskine shows an average of 130 words to the page.
The Moleskine is filled with good, smooth acid-free paper that can take a wide variety of inks without smearing, discoloring, or bleeding through. The expanding pocket is well-secured and can hold a surprising quantity of loose notes, receipts, business cards, etc. The books themselves are well constructed and durable; mine are exposed to hot, humid conditions and hold up to daily carry and use.
The other reviewer pointed out the price: certainly these are not 79-cent Office Max specials, but for the serious writer, or a person who must record important information through the course of a day and retain it legibly for more than a week, the price is worth it. One hint to extend the capacity of your Moleskine: use the bound pages for things you want to permanently record, and keep Post-It notes inside the covers to jot down quick memoranda. I use the Post-Its for such things as the titles of books or movies I want to research. (Think of the Post-Its as expandable memory for your PDA!)
I currently own three of these pocket notebooks, having gotten my first one back in early 2005. Now don't get me wrong -- I adore Moleskines, but there are some things you should be aware of. The paper, for one, isn't that thick. I love it and I love the texture (and the color), but be warned that it might not take very well to certain pens, especially ones that have more liquidy ink, such as fountain pens.
The binding on two of mine have also become loose, with moderate use over a decent period of time. I usually write in pencil, so the bleeding through the paper is not an issue for me. This Moleskine would certainly get a 5/5 from me if the binding could just hold up. Instead, the threads are loose, and my pages are coming out. Maybe I got some defective ones -- I don't know. But I bought them separately and at different times. I can't tell you much more than that, so you decide for yourself.
It's been nearly 4 years 8 months since I stumbled across these neatly packaged notebooks by Moleskine.
The ruled ones are great for journaling in especially if you are a hands-on person that still loves the idea of preserving the past in a manual way. You know I mean with out using a computer. Or computerized hand held technology or a digital recording device.
Don't get me wrong I have devices like this but somedays you just want to go back. Back to the times when life was simple and things moved slower...you know Old School technology i.e., (pencil/pen and paper). If you're into doing that and prefer keeping track of the notes you take at seminars or notes you take of your daily life then this is a great little book for you. Why? Because great ideas should be protected.
The truth is that I have purchased quite a few of these as I try to keep the pace of journaling everyday. The reason why I enjoy putting my notes in this book is because they're not bulky or hard to carry. I also love the elegantly classic construction because they're really put together well.
They really are well constructed:
Smooth-Elegantly Black leather like exterior
Durable-against spills or rain (but this should not be abused)
High-quality paper (great for archival purposes and storage)
Binding and pages are well put together. I have not lost one single page due to the spine breaking and pages falling out. The ones I have are not glued into the spine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these books. They are comfortable and have great space to write in, they fit in a back pocket so I can always have it on me.Published 16 hours ago by Oregon RN
Moleskine always bring me a good feeling. Never teared off. I`ve been carried this one for 1-year and had any problem. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jaeyong Park
I carry this in my purse after going through at least 5 other mini notebooks that kept falling apart on me. This is very nicely contructed and sturdy. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Review_Ninja
Small, best notebook yet I've found for work. Has a very professional look. I wish the price were a little lower but you get what you pay for so I guess I cant complain. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Shawn Dizzle
Make this your normal notebook for work or studying and you won't ever turn back. Yes.... it's pricey but for some reason it is entirely worth it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason
So cute and perfect for my mom. It's great for small purses and feels durable, great quality.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My husband asked me to order several of these for him to keep notes on for work. They are perfect small sized notebooks and there's even a little folder on the inside of the back... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sara K Cantu