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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over-Thought by Moleskine, April 27, 2010
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This review is from: Moleskine Passion Journal - Book, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Passion Book Series) (Diary)
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I'm a big fan of Moleskin products, in general, and so my first impression was "Where was this when I was working on my PhD a few years ago?" However, on further examination, I realized the product was lackluster. Here's why:

1. Assumptions. Moleskin's designers assume the user wants to organize what she reads in alphabetical order and predetermines a set amount of pages for each letter. This is useless. Both scholars and general book lovers have favorite authors that will likely fill more than the allotted pages, while other sections go unused. In addition, this "feature" eliminates many other ways or organizing your reviews (e.g., year read, year written, genre, etc.).

2. Gimmickry. Rather than provide us with a bunch of silly stickers with symbols and exclamations, how about making the books more flexible by including blank, color-coded stickers that we can self label to organize our books? The provided stickets just ratchet up the cost of production with little value added.

3. Page Layout. Here again Moleskin was heavy-handed in dictating how we should use the product and organize our information. In my opinion it privileges bibliographic information over note taking. If I'm going to haul a book around that's the size of a paperback, I want it to be for notes, not a list I can easily keep on my computer or smart phone. I carry paper for its flexibility. Let it be flexible.

The product isn't all bad, of course. This is Moleskin, so the journal is of very high production quality (e.g., great paper, nice binding, ribbon dividers, etc.). I just wish Moleskin would have scaled back the features by about 80% to make the book more flexible. I'd love the top 1/4 of the page given over to bibliographic data, the remaining 3/4s for notes, and flexible divider tabs that can be attached anywhere in the book with blank stickers for labeling them.
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