A notebook or diary is often known as a notepad, writing pad, drawing pad, or legal pad. It is in form of a book or stack of paper pages. This can be used for a variety of purposes. These purposes are just not limited to studying or writing to-do activities. It can be used for drawing or scrapbooking also, as a notebook can come in the ruled or blank form as well.
Hardbound diaries are a stack of papers which comes in the form of 200 pages of European paper from sustainable forests, hard bound with a canvas-like finish Italian bookbinding paper, bookmarking ribbon and an elastic band to hold things together.
Artists often use large notebooks, which include wide spaces of blank paper appropriate for drawing. Similarly, composers utilize notebooks for writing their "lyrics". Lawyers use rather large notebooks known as legal pads that contain lined paper (often yellow) and are appropriate for use on tables and desks. These horizontal lines or "rules" are sometimes classified according to their space apart with "wide rule" the farthest, "college rule" closer, "legal rule" slightly closer, and "narrow rule" closest, allowing more lines of text per page. When sewn into a pasteboard backing, these may be called composition books, or in smaller signatures may be called "blue books" or exam books and used for essay exams.
In contrast, journalists prefer small, hand-held notebooks for portability (reporters' notebooks), and sometimes use shorthand when taking notes. Scientists and other researchers use lab notebooks to document their experiments. The pages in lab notebooks are sometimes graph paper to plot data. Police officers are required to write notes on what they observe, using a police notebook. Land surveyors commonly record field notes in durable, hard-bound notebooks called "field books."
Coloring enthusiasts use coloring notebooks for stress relief. The pages in coloring notebooks contain different adult coloring pages. Students take notes in notebooks, and studies suggest that the act of writing (as opposed to typing) improves learning.
Notebook pages can be recycled via standard paper recycling. Recycled notebooks are available, differing in recycled percentage and paper quality.
A hardbound journal not only motivates the writer to complete its pages by writing their opinions and thoughts but also is designed in a way that inspires the writer to keep the content safe. Hardbound journals outperform softcover ones in that regard, their covers acting as built-in shields to prevent pages from bending and rippling. Whether you are using your journal as a diary or filling it with notes or lists, all the details—from paper quality to size—really matter.
1. Moleskine Classic Hard Cover Notebook
This type of journal is a bit expensive but it is one of the best qualities in terms of durability, quality, and timeless design. This notebook is covered by leather-like things and it is very firm which can also be used as the writing surface, but the manufacturing also provides a quite flexible design to it. The pages are a soothing ivory color and have little bleed-through, and they can easily be torn out without ruining the binding. Moleskine’s hardcover notebooks are available with ruled, dotted, plain, or gridded pages.
2. Ursunshine Dotted Grid Notebook
If you’re an avid bullet journaler, you likely use a lot of pens and markers, and perhaps even paint. This minimal notebook features pages with perfectly aligned dots and the off-white sheets are very thick to prevent both ghosting and bleeding, even if you’re using something as inky as a fountain pen. The binding is strong, the faux leather cover is tough, and the size is perfect for carrying with you everywhere. Compared with Moleskine’s dotted notebook, the dots here are more defined so you can avoid mistakes as you write.
3. Lemome Thick Classic Notebook
Lemome’s notebook is perfect for writing with total abandon. It features 180 pages with widely spaced dotted lines—a more subtle alternative to full lines—and the sheets are heavy enough to prevent bleed-through and feathering. The faux leather cover feels like the real thing and is bound separately to the spine so the book lays flat when open for easy writing. There’s also a pen loop for keeping your favorite implement in a convenient place.
4. Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook
You theoretically won’t ever have to buy another notebook after you purchase Rocketbook’s journal, which allows you to enjoy the physical experience of writing and drawing on paper and then archive each page digitally. You have to use a special Frixion pen—one is included, and you can buy others in a range of fun colors—to write on the dotted 8.5-by-11-inch pages, and when you’re ready, scan the page using the related mobile app. The app will then send the contents to your desired location. Then you can erase your writing with a simple wipe, using the included microfiber cloth.
5. BooQool Classic Ruled Notebooks
This is a budget-friendly pick designed in the same mold as the Moleskine and Lemome products. Each journal has a good weight to it. The college-ruled paper is heavy—albeit slightly stiff—and the cover thick, smooth, and sturdy. The spine doesn’t lie completely flat, but if this isn’t a dealbreaker, this is a solid notebook for filling up with your daily thoughts and more. And once you’ve run out of pages, you’ll have a second notebook to dive right into.
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