An interesting story I stumbled across:
Retired colonel sees a rich future in hardbound print: The Book Factory produces custom books, lab notebooks, log books, journals.
DAYTON — Don’t tell Andrew Gilmore that print and high-tech can’t be married. As president of the Book Factory, Gilmore presided over the wedding ceremony.
Gilmore, 54, is a former B-52 navigator, a retired colonel once in charge of the Air Force’s e-business and paperless efforts. Today, he’s in charge of an Edwin C. Moses Boulevard manufacturing operation that designs, prints, binds and distributes custom books, lab notebooks and log books, journals and more….
A good chunk of his business lies in hardbound lab books used by pharmacists, scientists and inventors to track and document research and experiments. Handwritten notes in such books are used to defend intellectual property worth billions, Gilmore said.
“You’ll have one company that says, ‘We invented it on this day,’ and another company that says, ‘We invented it on this day,’” Gilmore said, pointing to one of his archival-quality lab books. “Here’s your evidence.”
“The book could be worth a billion dollars,” he added with a smile.
The written notes are “far superior” to electronic records that can be lost or disturbed, he contends.
You don’t have to be a scientist to buy their notebooks– anyone can order online from their website. Black Cover reviewed one of their lined pocket journals here, but the ones that most appeal to me are the pocket sized blank and gridded laboratory notebooks:
It’s nice to know that notebooks like this are available, and that they’re made by a US-based company with an interesting back story!