Here’s another subscription service offering periodic shipments of notebooks.
Unlike Rad & Hungry and the now-defunct Lost Crates (which I reviewed), there is no element of surprise to this one. They offer Moleskine and Field Notes, you tell them which style of notebook you want and how often you’d like to receive a new one, and they send them to you. There isn’t really any price advantage– if you want a pocket Moleskine every month, it will cost you $13.80 per month, including the shipping. (Since the list price is $12.95, and other online retailers sometimes discount from that, you could probably do better elsewhere.)
This does kind of seem like another example of a business set up to solve a non-existent problem: if you know you are going to need notebooks at regular intervals, is it really that big a deal to just order them online in advance, or whenever you need them? The Out of Pages website also isn’t very clear about their payment terms– I did not actually place an order, but went pretty far in entering my info, with no indication that the price would be anything other than a charge of $13.80 every month if a notebook was shipped every month. But their FAQ has a worrying item referring to paying up front:
“What’s with the up-front payment?
Because many of our packages are front heavy, and ship most of the notebooks toward the beginning, we charge a small amount up-front to cover our own costs in the event that you cancel your subscription after we’ve sent said notebooks.
This also results in much lower per-month costs, so be sure to sign up for a plan with a longer duration!”
Not sure what that’s all about, but I don’t feel the need to actually place an order to test the service. But if you do, you can find out more at Subscribe to your favorite notebooks | Out of Pages.