Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Soft Cover (3.5 x 5.5) Journal – Feb 1 2008
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Moleskine is the legendary notebook used during the past two centuries by great artists and thinkers, including Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin. This trusty, pocket-sized travel companion held sketches, notes, stories a
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That thrill didn't last very long.
Because the notebook doesn't lie flat, you have to crack the spine if you want to use the notebook on a flat surface. After doing that once, the cover came off. I tried using library binding glue to reattach my cover, but to no avail; the cover just won't go back on.
Not only that, but the back pocket in the soft cover version isn't as sturdy as the pocket in the hardcover editions, and it easily detaches from the back cover.
All in all, these are only worthwhile if portability/weight is more important than longevity.
They are both great but I prefer the hardcover. Neither the soft nor the hard cover versions open to lie completely flat as would a wire-bound notebook, making them a little harder to write in when conditions are less than ideal. The hardcover is a little easier to hold in one hand in a way to provide a convenient and solid writing surface.
Also, the "elastic closure" on the hard cover is a little more substantial. I have more confidence that it will continue to provide a firm closure over time. I think they had to make the elastic on the soft cover a little lighter so as not to deform the soft cover.
I therefore give the hard cover five stars and the soft cover (this one) four stars.
I use both the lined and unlined ones.
From the other reviews- there are clearly some durability issues- but for lightweight flexible travel use (e.g. if you're writing on a bus in the middle of Peru)- these are fantastic because of their ability to be stashed away in any pocket/small bag and their ablility to curl it for cramped space use.
I have the hardcover ones too- but don't tend to take those when I travel as they are less flexible for sticking in odd places like pockets, and not as easy to hold in one hand while writing. I primarily use the hardcovers on desktops or tables. The hard cover can be useful too if you prefer a harder writing surface if you are writing in your lap- or in the car (not while the car is moving- mind you!)
So- based on my standard travel use, the flexi ones are my preference, but the hardcover ones have been great for me for general stay-at-home or around-the-town use. (So, perhaps use for business would probably be best served by hardcover.)