More Moleskine Jobs

If you love Moleskines and want to work with them all day, check these out:

Sales Trade Specialist for Moleskine®
Specific responsibilities include:
• Supporting implementation of action plans with the objective of exceeding sales goals. Support will include data collection and analysis, and researching and developing solutions.
• Working to identify and quantify new sales opportunities and implementing plans to grow sales at specific retail accounts.
• Developing promotional strategies in close coordination with the trade and marketing department.
• Monitoring overall sales to identify inventory and logistics needs.
• Analyzing competitive products and market landscape.
• Coordinating sales materials and product launches.
• Administrative tasks.
Sales Supervisor for Moleskine® Custom Editions
Through our Custom Editions and Publishing Division, we work on limited and customized editions of Moleskine products in collaboration with companies, institutions, and various cultural, entrepreneurial, and social initiatives. From notebooks, to planners, to travel guides, the extensive assortment of Moleskine products provides a creative platform for a wide array of communications contexts.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Supporting implementation of action plans with the objective of exceeding sales goals.
• Working to identify and quantify new sales opportunities and implementing plans to grow sales of custom editions.
• Developing relationships with promotional product sales agencies to create custom editions sales opportunities.
• Developing and implementing outreach plans to create custom edition sales opportunities.
• Responding to inquiries about Moleskine custom editions sales opportunities.
• Coordinating sales proposals and order confirmations.
• Maintenance of client database information.
• Developing knowledge of competitive products and market landscape.
• Administrative tasks.

You can apply to both by emailing

Notebook Addict of the Week

Melinda says:

I’ve been journaling since 1992. I began during the summer between my 7th or 8th grade year. I remember that I had a diary even before that, but it was the kind little girls have, with a lock and keepsake box. Someone read it and that was the end of that diary. I think I threw it away or it is in my mom’s basement. Either way, it isn’t included in my collection. In junior high, I also changed my outlook on keeping a record of my days. Instead of a thinking of it as keeping a diary, I called it journaling and didn’t feel as bad when I didn’t do write daily.

She’s also a school supply addict in general– her blog is called School Supply Dance. See Melinda’s full collection of notebooks and journals here— there are additional photos.

New Red and Blue Moleskine Cahiers Now Available at Amazon

Amazon now has the new red and blue-covered Moleskine Cahiers, in stock and available. They come small and large, and with plain, ruled and squared pages. A nice alternative to the usual black and tan!

Red Cahiers
Blue Cahiers

Sandoz Pharmaceutical Diary, 1970s

Here’s a notebook which evokes bittersweet memories for me…

When I was a kid, it seemed like this sort of diary was a common promotional giveaway. Is it just me, or do companies never do this any more? Now it’s all logo pens and flashlights and foam squeeze balls, although logo-embossed notebooks are making a comeback with Moleskine’s custom projects for Apple, Google and various other companies.

This 1977-78 diary was given out by the Sandoz Pharmaceutical company, which still exists today. My childhood best friend’s father, a doctor, had no use for it and gave it to her.

As with many other notebooks of that period, it became a repository of awesome stickers. I loved Charlie’s Angels even though my mother never actually allowed me to watch the TV show. The “X marks the spot” peeking through from the next page refers to a window marked on a photograph of the Sandoz headquarters. (We were probably cooking up some plan to spy on them.)

Most diaries of this sort have pages at the beginning with measurement conversions, time zones, holidays, etc., but the cool thing about this one was that it also had all these weird bits of medical information, like having your own mini Physician’s Desk Reference!

Not that they were so interesting that a 10-year old kid wouldn’t scribble on them…

And stick more awesome Charlie’s Angels stickers on them!

The writing and drawing in this notebook is not my own– at first I thought some of it was, but I realized none of it was my handwriting. I don’t think I ever made a single mark in this notebook myself.

And this is where we get to the bittersweet part. When I first found this in my collection, I thought, wow, my childhood best friend Sally must have given this to me. But then it came back to me– Sally didn’t give it to me. I coveted this notebook terribly and wanted one like it, but my father, alas, wasn’t a doctor. I don’t remember how exactly it happened, but I think I stole the notebook from her and never gave it back. She knew it was missing and I think she suspected the truth, but though I felt terribly guilty about it, I never confessed. And I probably hid the notebook away and never touched it for fear that she’d find out.

Sally and I were inseparable best friends from kindergarten until a year or two after this must have happened, when she dropped me in favor of a new best friend and we grew apart. Given the timing, I don’t think the notebook itself was the cause of the rift, but I guess it served me right to be dumped like that– I was sad about it for years afterwards.

I never again let my notebook obsession turn me into a thief. You have to draw the line somewhere.

Penguin Notebook Spotting!

The other day, I noticed someone using one of these Penguin journals, which I’d previously posted about:

I was all excited, as I’ve never seen them for sale anywhere and all the online sources for buying them are based in the UK and it would cost a fortune to get one. While searching, I also stumbled across this version, which I hadn’t seen before:

I totally want it, but not for $35 including shipping!

The spotting occurred in the middle of a meeting with lots of other people, so I couldn’t ask the owner where she bought the notebook. But otherwise I would have, even though I might have felt a bit self-conscious about it. If she was a true notebook fan, I’m sure she would have understood my interest and appreciation. But what if someone just gave it to her as a gift and she couldn’t care less about what she uses to take notes in a meeting? Maybe she’d think I was weird!

Do you ever ask people about the notebooks they are using?

What’s the Next Notebook?

I’m coming into the home stretch with my current notebook, an unlined Moleskine. My choices for the next one are:

  • a squared Moleskine
  • an unlined softcover Moleskine
  • an unlined Moleskine Volant
  • a Filofax

Each of these would have its advantages and disadvantages. I rather like the squared paper for list-making and doodling, though it can be a little distracting for some kinds of drawing. And I was very fond of my previous softcover Moleskine, though it was a bit less durable than the hardcover ones. There’s a trade-off between the pleasant tactile quality of the soft cover and its sense of being less permanent. I am not sure I want to keep journal entries in a softcover, so would I go back to using two notebooks simultaneously, a softcover for daily jottings and a hardcover for my journal? The Volant would also present the same problem, of being inappropriate for journal entries, but if I’m going to carry two notebooks, maybe it makes sense for one of them to be thinner and lighter.

As for the Filofax– whoa, am I really considering going back to a Filofax after all these years? In some ways, it would make sense for me to have the flexibility of moving pages around to keep notes on particular subjects together. But although I’ve always kept all my used Filofax pages, these don’t have the nice archival quality of a row of bound notebooks. But I have a very nice Filofax, the Guildford Pocket Extra Slim, brand new in its box. I had to buy it because it was the perfect size I’d always wanted, which they never made back when I was actively using Filofaxes. So I’m kind of itching to give it a try, and I have plenty of unused insert pages to fill it with.

Yes, these are the weighty questions I’ll be pondering over the next week or two as my remaining blank pages are filled…

Modified Note Pad

Here’s another amusing item from my childhood collection:

This started out as a simple plain notepad, the kind with glued-together pages and a cardboard backing. They came as a pack of 3 that were meant to be separated, but I liked the chunky thickness so I left them all together. I decorated the first page with some snazzy rainbow designs and decided to keep it as a cover, folding it back when I wanted to access further pages.

I was obviously being very productive at that time, with a whole page of crossed-off to-dos!
Most interesting is the slight modification this notebook required– I found the shape a bit too tall, so I sliced a small amount off the bottom edge, which was left a bit ragged. I guess in this particular instance I thought 3 x 4.75″ was a more pleasing shape than 3 x 5.

I didn’t write much more in this notepad– I think it was just one of the ones I liked to hold sometimes, and was afraid to spoil by actually using it.

Praise for the Mini Moleskine Volant

From Goodplum:

If you find yourself out and about and needing to make a quick note – maybe you should try turning the pages of a notebook instead of typing something into your phone. The Moleskine Volant mini is 2.5″ by 4″ and has 56 pages – the last 16 which are perforatted for easy removal. It’s a perfect pocket-companion for any of the Fisher bullet space pens.

Personally, there are many advantages to having paper available at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s jotting a quick note-to-self, leaving a note to someone, or making an impromtu list — paper just works however you need it to. With so many digital companions available (I use my iPhone for almost everything mobile), using paper regularly is a much needed break from the out-of-touch internet world.

I can’t bring myself to buy the mini-sized Volants, but there are definitely times when I don’t feel like carrying a bag and wish I had something more pocketable than a small hardcover Moleskine.

Joke Blank Books

Ever wanted a blank book that didn’t look like one at first glance? There’s an amusing sub-genre of books where the joke is that they’re blank inside. Here’s a few examples I found on Amazon and elsewhere:

The Computers Blank Book: The World’s First and Only Computer Book That Will Never Be Obsolete

The Book of Bill Clinton’s Virtues

The Lawyers’ Book Of Ethics

Brace Yourself, Bridget!: The Official Irish Sex Manual

Collected Wisdom of Sarah Palin

Everything Good About George W. Bush

The list could be endless– how about “Paris Hilton’s Frugality Tips?” Or “Hot Nightclubs in Antarctica?”

They make good gag gifts, but since you can write in them, they have practical value too!