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This basic yet classic Large Ruled notebook is one of the best selling Moleskine notebooks. This reliable travel companion perfect for writings thoughts and passing notes has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners acid free paper a bookmark an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.


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Moleskine Notebook & Journals Comparison

Series Classic Notebooks Evernote Smart Notebooks Classic Notebooks - Reporter Volant Notebooks Cahier Notebooks
Brief Description The Moleskine icon. Always at the ready, these thread-bound classic notebooks capture your thoughts, drafts, sketches, notes, appointments, contacts, or anything else you choose. Write, sketch, or draw in the specially designed Evernote Notebooks by Moleskine. Take a photo of any page in this Moleskine notebook with the Evernote Page Camera and it instantly becomes digital so that you can save it, search it and share it with the world. The Moleskine Pocket Ruled Reporter notebook has a cover that flip opens at the top, detachable pages at the back for quick notes on the spot and can be used both horizontally and vertically. A colored collection of soft cover notebooks and journals ideal for everyday use. Volant notebooks come packed in sets of two, consisting of two different shades of the same colour. It's a notebook so lightweight you'll forget about it - until you need it. The journals for day-to-day use, Cahier notebooks each have a heavy duty cardboard cover with visible stitching on the spine that matches the cover color. Slim, soft and light - Cahier journals suit any occasion, and come packaged in sets of three.
Size X-Small, Pocket, Large, X-Large Pocket, Large Pocket, Large Pocket, Large Pocket, Large, X-Large
Format Hard cover, Soft cover Hard cover Hard cover, Soft cover Soft cover (Sets of 2) Soft cover (Sets of 3)
Black XS Plain Hard cover, XS Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Plain Hard cover, Pkt Plain Soft cover, Pkt Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Soft cover, Pkt Squared Hard cover, Pkt Squared Soft cover, LG Plain Hard cover, LG Plain Soft cover, LG Ruled Hard cover, LG Ruled Soft cover, LG Squared Hard cover, LG Squared Soft cover, XL Plain Soft cover, XL Ruled Soft cover, XL Squared Soft cover Pkt Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Squared Hard cover, LG Ruled Hard cover, LG Squared Hard cover Pkt Plain Hard cover, Pkt Plain Soft cover, Pkt Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Soft cover, Pkt Squared Hard cover, Pkt Squared Soft cover, LG Plain Hard cover, LG Plain Soft cover, LG Ruled Hard cover, LG Ruled Soft cover, LG Squared Hard cover, LG Squared Soft cover XS Plain Soft Cover, XS Ruled Soft cover, Pkt Plain Soft cover, Pkt Ruled Soft cover, LG Plain Soft cover, LG Ruled Soft cover Pkt Ruled Soft cover, Pkt Squared Soft cover, LG Squared Soft cover, XL Plain Soft cover, XL Ruled Soft cover, XL Squared Soft cover
Blue XS Plain Antwerp Blue, XS Plain Blue, XS Ruled Antwerp Blue, XS Ruled Blue, Pkt Plain Antwerp Blue, Pkt Plain Blue, Pkt Ruled Antwerp Blue, Pkt Ruled Blue, LG Plain Antwerp Blue, LG Plain Blue, LG Ruled Antwerp Blue, LG Ruled Sky Blue, XL Plain Antwerp Blue, XL Plain Sky Blue, XL Ruled Antwerp Blue, XL Ruled Sky Blue Pkt Plain Indigo Blue, Pkt Ruled Indigo Blue, Pkt Squared Indigo Blue, LG Plain Indigo Blue, LG Ruled Indigo Blue, XL Plain Indigo Blue, XL Ruled Indigo Blue, XL Squared Indigo Blue
Kraft Brown Pkt Plain, Pkt Ruled, Pkt Squared, LG Plain, LG Ruled, LG Squared, XL Ruled, XL Squared
Green XS Plain Oxide Green Hard cover, XS Ruled Oxide Green Hard cover, Pkt Plain Oxide Green Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Oxide Green Hard cover, Pkt Squared Oxide Green Hard cover, LG Plain Oxide Green Hard cover, LG Ruled Oxide Green Hard cover, LG Squared Oxide Green Hard cover XS Plain Emerald & Oxide Green, XS Ruled Emerald & Oxide Green, XS Ruled Green, Pkt Plain Emerald & Oxide Green, Pkt Ruled Emerald & Oxide Green, Pkt Ruled Green, LG Plain Emerald & Oxide Green, LG Ruled Emerald & Oxide Green, LG Ruled Green, XL Plain Emerald & Oxide Green, XL Ruled Emerald & Oxide Green
Grey XS Plain Slate & Payne's Grey, XS Ruled Slate & Payne's Grey, Pkt Plain Slate & Payne's Grey, Pkt Ruled Slate & Payne's Grey, LG Plain Slate & Payne's Grey, LG Ruled Slate & Payne's Grey
Orange/Yellow XS Plain Hard cover, XS Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Plain Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Squared Hard cover, LG Plain Hard cover, LG Ruled Hard cover, LG Squared Hard cover XS Plain Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, XS Ruled Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, Pkt Plain Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, Pkt Ruled Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, LG Plain Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, LG Ruled Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, XL Plain Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange, XL Ruled Orange/Yellow & Cadmium Orange
Pink/Purple XS Plain Brilliant Violet Hard cover, XS Ruled Brilliant Violet Hard cover, Pkt Plain Brilliant Violet Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Brilliant Violet Hard cover, Pkt Squared Brilliant Violet Hard cover, LG Plain Brilliant Violet Hard cover, LG Ruled Brilliant Violet Hard cover, LG Squared Brilliant Violet Hard cover, XS Plain Magenta Hard cover, XS Ruled Magenta Hard cover, Pkt Plain Magenta Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Magenta Hard cover, Pkt Squared Magenta Hard cover, LG Plain Magenta Hard cover, LG Ruled Magenta Hard cover, LG Squared Magenta Hard cover XS Plain Brilliant & Light Violet, XS Plain Pink Magenta & Magenta, XS Ruled Brilliant & Light Violet, XS Ruled Pink Magenta & Magenta, Pkt Plain Brilliant & Light Violet, Pkt Plain Pink Magenta & Magenta, Pkt Ruled Brilliant & Light Violet, Pkt Ruled Pink Magenta & Magenta, LG Plain Brilliant & Light Violet, LG Plain Pink Magenta & Magenta, LG Ruled Brilliant & Light Violet, LG Ruled Pink Magenta & Magenta, XL Ruled Pink Magenta & Magenta, XL Ruled Pink Magenta & Magenta Pkt Plain Lilac/Yellow/Peach, Pkt Ruled Lilac/Yellow/Peach, Pkt Squared Lilac/Yellow/Peach, LG Plain Lilac/Yellow/Peach, LG Ruled Lilac/Yellow/Peach, LG Squared Lilac/Yellow/Peach, XL Plain Lilac/Yellow/Peach, XL Ruled Lilac/Yellow/Peach, XL Squared Lilac/Yellow/Peach
Red XS Plain Hard cover, XS Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Ruled Hard cover, Pkt Squared Hard cover, LG Plain Hard cover, LG Ruled Hard cover, LG Squared Hard cover XS Plain, XS Ruled, Pkt Plain, Pkt Ruled, LG Plain, LG Ruled, XL Plain, XL Ruled Pkt Plain Cranberry Red, Pkt Ruled Cranberry Red, LG Plain Cranberry Red, LG Squared Cranberry Red, XL Plain Cranberry Red, XL Ruled Cranberry Red, XL Squared Cranberry Red
White XS Plain, XS Ruled, Pkt Plain, Pkt Ruled, LG Plain, LG Ruled


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Product Details

  • Series: Classic Notebooks
  • Journal: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moleskine; Ntb edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8883701127
  • ISBN-13: 978-8883701122
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (672 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. C. Davis on November 24, 2008
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I've been journaling ever since I was a pimply-faced teenager, and now I'm 31. In that time, I've used all varieties of notebooks, and filled them all. I came across the Moleskine brand a few years ago, and now I won't use anything else. The large ruled notebook is sturdy, of excellent construction, holds I think 265 pages, and the pages will not fall out. This notebook is best for writers and diarists.

I wouldn't use this book for school because, first of all, it is expensive. Second of all, it's a bit of overkill. I doubt you'll take a class in which you'll have time to fill up this notebook. You'll be more organized in a class if you buy a simple lab book or composition book to take notes in for each class.

I know a lot of people who try to write in jounals. They buy them with the best intentions, write a couple of pages, and then seem to forget about them and eventually buy ANOTHER journal, in which they will write a few pages and forget about. The key is just to keep the SAME journal, to keep in it in the same safe place, and to write in it whenever you feel like it, even if months go by without you touching it. If someone buys you another journal, fill up the first one first, and then move on to the new one. You can learn from my experience and start with the best, which is Moleskine. Otherwise . . . do whatever you want. The main thing is just to have something to write in.

I've also used all variety of pens. My choice is the Pilot Precise V5. Every now and then you'll get a bum one, that you've just got to throw away because it's not writing smoothly or properly. But, for the most part, these are the best choice for journaling and writing. They are fine point. They last longer than gel ink. They require no pressure whatsoever to be placed on the tip, as ball-point pens do, and they don't smear.
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This notebook is perfect for taking notes in college. The pages are durable, and are a soft white colour pleasant to the eyes. I use these for everything from journals to concept books. The soft authentic leather is perfect, and the ruling remains crisp and clear in every notebook. The pages hold graphite very well and would only bleed ink if someone spilled a vat onto them. Overall, they are excellent. If you are planning on passing these up for a cheaper, bonded leather notebook, don't. No-one else makes notebooks like these guys, and the feel of a well used Moleskine is like no other.
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I work on an ambulance, and I take this book with me everywhere. I jot down some of the calls that I go on. From the most mundane to the far out there. I fill up one of these books about every four months. (I've got a lot of thoughts to put on paper.)
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There's a lot of good to be said about the notebook, and Moleskine deserve credit for reviving this design which had nearly disappeared. The hard cover. . . the elastic band. . . the cloth bookmark. . . the ivory paper. . . the rounded corners. . . It's all good. I might quibble that the ruled lines are spaced a bit narrowly for my handwriting. It's good with a EF nib pen, and it fits a few more lines on each page, but it's a wee bit cramped compared with my normal handwriting.

What really ruins it for me is the paper quality. I've heard it varies from one batch to the next, and it sure seems like I got one of the bad ones. I found many combinations of fountain pens and ink are prone to ugly feathering and bleeding in it. With many of them it's impractical to write on both sides of the sheet, which basically cuts the notebook in half from what it should be. TO BE FAIR, I found I could tame it by choosing the right ink (Noodlers Black) and using a not-too-wet fountain pen. Indeed, I would be willing to take this extra effort to adapt to this notebook's quirks if there were no better alternatives out there.

Recently, though, other companies such as Quo Vadis and Rhodia have come up with their own moleskine-style notebooks featuring high-quality paper. They cost a bit more, but I figure this type of notebook is a premium product to begin with. In the future I'll give Moleskine a miss and spend a little more for a better notebook. (Being able to write with confidence on both sides of the page means I could actually come out ahead on cost too.)
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I've heard these books are wonderful. I take a lot of notes at my job. Having struggled with wire bound books (the bindings getting bent or snagging clothing) and being teased about being too old to use composition books, these notebooks are a joy to use. The attached ribbon bookmark and elastic band close have come in handy to use. The paper is smooth and a heavier weight than other notebooks. The paper is also a cream colored so there is no glare when writing in bright sunlight. The book is tough enough to be out on the job but professional looking enough for meetings. Love this book! I'm planning to buy more and have the covers laser-etched to give out as gifts.
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I am 32 years old at the time of this review, and I have been keeping a journal almost literally since I knew how to write. I have vivid memories of myself sprawled at the top of the stairs in my mom's old house, a little girl of no more than 6 or 7, scribbling away in my journal. I'm sure whatever I was scribbling at the time was half illegible and made no sense, but who cares.

Over the past 25+ years as a diarist, I've tried just about every type of diary and journal there is, from kitschy one-year diaries with locks to plain old spiral or composition notebooks to elegant, beautiful blank hardbound books with fancy designs on them. After all these years, I have definitely concluded that a Moleskine-type notebook is best for journaling.

What do I mean by "Moleskine-type" notebook? Simple. I mean a hardbound notebook of a convenient size (the Moleskine "large" is perfect in my opinion at about 5x8 -- it's small enough to throw in my purse, yet not annoyingly tiny.) I mean a notebook with an inner pocket so I can store odds and ends. I mean it has a ribbon marker so I can find my place easily, and an elastic band closure so the pages don't get messed up when I'm traveling around. I mean it lies flat when it's open so I can write easily. I mean it's durable as hell no matter how much I throw it around, and has acid-free, archival quality paper.

This type of notebook is incredibly functional for journaling. It's not overly fussy, and it actually lasts a lot better over the years than some of those "fancy" ones I've used in the past. I have leather-bound journals I used in college 10 years ago that I thought were a quality investment. Guess what? They're falling apart now, while my Moleskines of a similar age still look practically new.

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