A New Notebook

As most people know, I have used and depended upon the large Moleskine notebooks for the past five years. I take them to work — into committee meetings, into the classroom, into my office — and I take them home. I have taken them out into the field, and I have taken them on both business trips and pleasure trips. Everything goes into them. And when you depend upon such a one thing, like a good pen, you don’t lose it.


A collection of Moleskine notebooks on a shelf in my study.

What's In My Gear Bag 3

A photograph taken for my recent post on field gearthat emphasizes the place of a notebook in the category of “necessary gear.”

At this point in collection of habits and practices, I have just about stopped thinking about what notebook I use. It’s going to be a Moleskine with graph paper. (I am not so good at drawing that I work that well without the aid of lines, and lots of them.)

Still, a lot of lines can crowd the page, and so when I came across someone crowing the benefits of using a new line of notebooks from Sweden called Whitelines, I was suspicious that it was yet another [Lifehacker][lh] or [43folders][43f] fan spending more time fussing with the tools of the trade than in the actual practice of trading — whatever that trade may be.[^1]

Whitelines Notebook Comparison

Whitelines Comparison

Color me surprised — excuse the pun. Not only are the pages more readable but the notebooks themselves are *cheaper* than Moleskines *and* they come in the standard European sizes[^2] *and* the company is committed to having a zero carbon footprint.

The full line of notebooks is available on [Amazon][]. I use the [A5 sized hardbound notebook][A5].

[^1]: Okay, true confession, I will almost always take the time it requires to waste to try using any kind of paper with [Seyès Ruling](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruled_paper).
[^2]: May I just take a moment to ask why hasn’t North America moved to such international standards as, say, the metric system and the sensible paper standards like A3, A4, A5 *et cetera*?

[lh]: http://lifehacker.com/
[43f]: http://43folders.com/
[Amazon]: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2F&tag=johnlaudun-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
[A5]: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9186177257?ie=UTF8&tag=johnlaudun-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=9186177257

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