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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2009
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I really want to love these books, and I would if not for how thin the pages are. Before the Xlarge size came out, I had been using the Large for a couple years but had always thought the page dimensions were a little awkward to fill. These are the perfect size, and would be the perfect notebook in my opinion if the pages weren't so thin. I guess they are just trying to keep the profile thin as a whole, but you can see through not only to what is written on the back of a page, but what is written on the face of the next page.

Having stated this negative, it is the only one I have for this book. It has a soft cover, is plain and unobtrusive looking, and it comes with all the "accessories" I want in a journal: a ribbon bookmark, an attached elastic band to keep it closed, and a folder in the back to put extras in. It also has a good number of pages, and most important for me, comes in this unlined version.

So the book has thin pages but comes closer to perfection than any other notebook I've found. I think with some of us though, the very particular ones, the only way to obtain our idea of a perfect journal would be to make it ourselves. For those in this same demographic that are too lazy to do so, this Moleskine, for me at least, comes close enough.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2009
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This notebook has many excellent features: a tough but flexible cover, rounded corners, smooth paper, a fabric bookmark, and an elastic closure.

However, I have to agree with another reviewer that the paper is very thin, so it is not practical to write on both the front and the back of a given sheet. Fountain pen ink and some kinds of gel ink show through strongly on the back of the page. Standard ballpoint does not show through (or only a little), but leaves imprinted tracks. I suppose one could paste clippings or photos on the back sides of the unused pages.

All things said, I plan to buy this notebook again when my present one is filled up. The solid construction and unobtrusive appearance have won me over. With less "inky" writing implements it is just fine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
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I've been using Moleskine for several years. I've only ever used the Pocket & Large sizes. I've loved those too, but had 2 issues: I couldn't really get close to the margins due to the binding, and I felt cramped (I have large hands), in particular, when writing at the bottom of pages, where it was hard to rest my hand properly.

> The larger format of this notebook is akin to a composition notebook. It opens wide, so there's no issue trying to fill the page end to end, or top to bottom.
> It doesn't feel too large (it doesn't look awkward when you open this out at a corporate meeting. In fact, I've been seeing more people bringing regular size notebooks to meetings lately.
> It still has the class and essential simplicity of Moleskine.
> What it lacks, really is slightly thicker paper, as other reviewers have noted. I use a fine nib fountain pen, and have begun writing on both sides without any issues. With a roller ball or gel tip, I can only use one side of a page. Of course, with pencil I have no issues except for the smudging.
> The number of pages is just right... it lasts me about 3 months, so it looks presentable at the end as it did when I opened it. However if you want the ragged Moleskine look, since this is a soft side notebook, the pages will dog ear a bit if you carry it around loosely in a backpack.
> Last, it's too big to stuff in your back pocket.

Overall, love it, and I think I've found my new favorite Moleskine!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2014
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This paper is so thin the ink bleeds through terribly. I read all the other reviews that say exactly that but I thought maybe it would be different for my fountain pen. Not so. I suspect that even rollerball pens would bleed through the thin paper. Beautiful journal though. The whole thing is kind of flimsy -- it's definitely not a hard cover. The spine itself is pretty stiff so the cover and pages don't really fold down very flat. If you're looking for a large journal you can roll up and you use pencil or ball point this might work well.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2010
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I've been trying all choices of sketch books available on the market for years, and always found Moleskine's large size book a bit small for my drawings and art project notes, but this extra large is just perfect! Quality is superb comparing to any other sketch book on the market.
For those looking for something beyond a regular sketch book this is the one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
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The paper is very different from 'large' (5x8) moleskines, it's not as smooth and doesn't work well with fountain pens (ink spreads along paper fibers).

Two stars for use with fountain pens; with other pens 4-5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
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The lovely workmanship of the cover, the creamy inside blank pages, the back pocket and the elastic strap force me to focus on making notes up to the standards of their container. I adore the lack of lines so I can quickly sketch an idea or a graphic. The pages don't bleed through, even under my heavy hand with a a .07 gel ink pen. These are great notebooks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
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I like expensive notebooks. They say to the world, "I would take notes on dollar bills if they came in a larger size than a dollar bill."

All kidding aside, Molskine really does make a solid notebook. I started using them after I discovered these little gems in a stationary shop in Florence, Italy. The paper and cover is just thick enough, and the elastic band/bookmark are great nice-to-haves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2010
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This Book I use for work, has the best cover I have seen in notebooks in the price range. It has all the features except a place to put a pen/pencils. Its always hard to find a balance with sturdy and flexibility this is close.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
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This notebook is almost the same size as an iPad2, so it's a prefect companion for someone who likes using pad and pencil as much as the iPad. The cover is just rigid enough to protect the pages while still allowing me to bend back the front cover to share my creations with my family. I gave this notebook to my artist daughter, she thinks the paper is too thin and it just doesn't work with felt-tip or any other absorbent ink, but if you're a fan of the ball point like me, or you like the click of a .5mm mechanical, and you need to fill hundreds of pages per notebook, this may be the notebook for you. Comes in a lined version, but I like writing small and including an occasional sketch, so I like my notebook unlined.
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