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New model: Moleskine Reporter Notebooks

Moleskine Reporter Notebooks, MoleskineUS

Drool. Spanking new Moleskine reporter notebooks look really nice. Can’t wait to pick one up for myself.

Looks like they’re very similar to the old-school classic Moleskine, but with the flippable top-binding and a vertically-oriented accordion pocket. The immediate improvement I can see would be for writing in cramped places—like the top of your thigh while riding the bus. I wonder if the binding allows it to flip over completely without damaging the spine.

Anxious to hear what other folks think of these. Anyone tried them yet?

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I bought some imitation Moleskines...

I bought some imitation Moleskines from eBay about two years ago. Mistake. They "looked" the same, but they were rather flimsy, and not so well constructed. Also, not as durable.

There's something about Moleskine notebooks (or other similar "expensive" notebooks) that needs pointing out: The cost itself is a positive. I'm less likely to lose/misplace a $10 notebook than a flimsly 99 cent one. I use mine as a semi-wallet, w/ receipts and extra cash, and such inside the pocket. And then use it take notes as I run around the library doing my grad research (the pocket also carries my library copy card). The great thing is that sometimes I just pop in the library, w/o my laptop or other materials, but I have my notes (articles to look up, etc) and my copy card, and I'm ready to do some impromptu research work.

My guess is that those who mock people who use expensive notebooks (whether it's Moleskines or not) don't do a lot of journal/personal writing, or don't value writing as a creative excercise on a regular basis or as an integral part of their daily life. But I could be wrong.




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