Moleskine notebooks are classically cool! You may have heard the name before as their popularity seems to be constantly growing. I should probably point out that they are not actually covered in a mole’s skin, it is a hard wearing synthetic ‘Moleskine’. There is some history involved as Picasso and Hemingway are reputed to have used Moleskine books, though I believe they were quite different to the modern versions we have today!

The books have a high quality feel to them, the paper especially is very smooth. They all have an elastic band to hold them closed, a ribbon bookmark and an expandable pocket inside the back cover. One of the features that really make these books usable is the sewn spine that allows you to lie it flat on the desk providing access to the whole sheet.

The product range is quite wide and includes note books, sketch books, reporter books, diaries and even city break planners. A look at this page will give you an overview of what is available. My personal favourites are the standard lined notebooks. I keep one with my photography kit and use a separate one for lists and notes. A lot of people use them with a productivity systems such as;

  • GTD (Moleskine hack) – The well known popular productivity system.
  • Todoodlist – This is excellent… I use it all the time now and recommend you take a look!
  • Autofocus system – A new contender that sounds very promising.

Moleskines have a following of devoted fans, check out these photos from flickr, you can see the variety of ways in which people actually use their notebooks.

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  1. Chris - ZTF

    I love these babies. Always keep one on hand for an Ad-hoc diary/to do list. Also great for jotting down notes. One of the best features is the pocket at the back, Always keep it stored with a few business cards and other bits and bobs.