If you frequent used bookstores, keep your eyes peeled for old notebooks. This story comes from Hobart, Australia: an antique notebook belonging to a British Army Officer dated from 1810-1812 was found in a used bookshop, The Cracked and Spineless. When the bookshop switched owners, this notebook wedged into a neglected corner switched owners with it. Keep reading at the link!
When I switched over from pretty journals to notebooks, I thought I’d be set up with Moleskines for life. I imagined the satisfaction of having a uniform collection of A5 Lined Black Moleskines. As I progressed through the notebook, I loved how it was wearing and aging, how the filled pages were easily identified just by looking at the edges of the closed notebook. So, I was very disappointed when this happened within the last 20 pages of my first Moleskine:
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I filled my Moleskine up to the brim, filling most pages 100%. I do this because I imagine being 80 years old with ~30 notebooks holding my life’s writings will be much more manageable than ~60 half-filled ones. You know, archival and longevity reasons. I’ve since used other notebooks to their full capacity without any serious durability issues or fallings apart.
I will also note that I am very careful with my notebooks. So this notebook falling apart is not from carelessness, it is truly just from normal use.
I understand that most notebook users don’t fill their notebooks 100%, so this might not be an issue for many writers — but that doesn’t excuse the poor durability. Like planned obsolescence, perhaps Moleskine doesn’t imagine the majority of their customers using their notebooks to their full capacity? But they should! It was disappointing. This notebook is irreplacable and I so value what is written inside. I don’t want to be doctoring my notebooks, especially for pricey pricey Moleskines. Just put in fewer pages, Moleskine, if you can’t hack it well.
Alas, this unfortunate experience sparked a great interest in searching for excellent writers notebooks. I have since found out that many other notebook manufacturers do a Moleskine better than Moleskine.