Category Archives: Chronicle

Pendleton Notebooks

I love the Pendleton designs on these! Very cute.


See more at Pendleton Notebooks Giveaway – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE INSPIRE COMMUNITY ART DESIGN MUSIC FILM PHOTO PROJECTS. (Giveaway has ended, but you can buy at Chronicle’s website or on Amazon.)

BookExpo 2014

For my day job, I attend the Book Expo convention every year. A fringe benefit of the show is that I usually manage to spot some notebook vendors and get a look at their new products, but at this year’s show, which occurred last weekend, it was really sparse! Leuchtturm had a colorful corner booth, with their Whitelines collaboration prominently highlighted. Filofax/Letts/Lamy had a shared booth, and seemed to be pouncing on anyone who showed the least bit of interest, perhaps just to keep their samples from being stolen. Moleskine was totally absent, other than their name being permanently emblazoned on part of the Chronicle booth (their distributor). Exaclair wasn’t there, nor was Peter Pauper Press, Cavallini, or Piccadilly– all companies I’ve seen there in the past. Book Expo was where I first spotted Pocket Dept notebooks, but this year I didn’t spot a single new or interesting notebook. The only thing that attracted me was the booth of some Italian publisher where I saw that they had a pile of promotional notebooks that they seemed to be giving away. I couldn’t come up with any valid pretext for an actual business conversation with the guy, and was too embarrassed to just walk up and say “hey, can I have a free notebook?” I spotted one other promotional notebook giveaway, from Ingram, the largest book wholesaler. They were offering a notebook that looked like a composition book, but it was a different size, closer to 6×9″, and thinner, with a squared-off spine.

It’s a shame I didn’t manage to photograph these things, but sadly, you’re not missing much! I hope there will be better pickings next year… and in the meantime, maybe I’ll manage to attend the Stationery Show someday. I suppose most notebook companies feel like it’s not worth paying to hawk their wares to the thinning ranks of booksellers and prefer to attend a show with more potential buyers of non-book product. But at least Book Expo is still a fun place to talk about books! They are opening it up to more and more activities for the general public, now called “BookCon,” so if you’re a reader, and you will be in NYC at the end of May next year, you should check it out!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Journal CEO

This is really cool: the first-ever video submission for Notebook Addict of the Week! This comes from The Journal CEO, who says
“I have Moleskines, Paperblanks, Peter Pauper Press, Barnes and Noble leather journals, Chronicle Books, Sanrio, Jacket Journals, and some random brands.

I’ve been journaling regularly almost 7 years now.”

I lost count of how many notebooks there were amid all the variety of colors, patterns and sizes. What a great collection, and a great way to share it. Thank you Journal CEO!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Ana

This week’s addict blogs at The Well Appointed Desk, and emailed me this “confessional” about her love for notebooks:

I think I go beyond a notebook story into a full-blown confessional. I am an equal-opportunity notebook luster. From the lowly marble-covered composition notebook to the gilt-edged beauties, I love them all and each will eventually be filled for a different purpose. A small cahier (like the Field Notes) is just the thing for pocket or glovebox for grocery lists or to jot down the title of the next must-have book. A thick austere-covered notebooks like a Moleskine is the perfect place for all those bits of paper I collect to be pasted down and annotated with comments. A notebook with lines or decorated pages are just the thing for meeting notes to spice up those blah-de-blah to-do lists. Handbound journals are for future travels or fits of verbal creativity, sketchbooks for doodles, sketching and calligraphy practice and utilitarian scratchpads for those emergencies when any flat surface will do and a sheet might be torn off and handed to someone on a mission!

Just thought I would come clean. I too am a notebook junkie. You should see the pile of already used notebooks!


That’s definitely a well-appointed notebook collection!
Thanks for sharing your addiction, Ana!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Sugaroni

This week’s addict has a little of everything…  isn’t this quite a stack?!?

See more at The embarrassing truth of my notebook obsessions | Flickr – Photo Sharing!. Found via the Well Appointed Desk on Twitter

Notebook Addict of the Week: Cassie

I love it when I get emails that begin like this: “My name is Cassie, and I’m a notebook addict. I’m sending you some pictures of my collection.”

Here’s what Cassie has to say:

I love, love, love notebooks. I’ve been scribbling ever since I could hold a pen, and keeping a journal seriously since I was fourteen. The first picture is my whole collection – pretty much every notebook I have, minus a few here and there that have gone missing. The second picture is the series of books I have filled with journalling over the past ten years. The third picture is five notebooks I’m currently using: I have a quote journal, a regular day-to-day journal, a gratitude journal, a five-year diary that I write just a few lines in every day, and a notebook that holds a list of books I want to read. Quite a few of the notebooks in my collection are empty – I can’t resist buying a pretty new one when I see it. 🙂 A couple of my favorites are two handmade books that my friend made for me in a book-binding class, and the tiny little blue one that was my husband’s diary when he was ten. 🙂

Great collection, Cassie! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Notebooks at Rare Device

Here’s a shop to add to your travel itinerary if you’re hitting the West coast: Rare Device, a funky shop in San Francisco (they used to have a location in Brooklyn too, but alas, it closed).

Here’s a couple of favorites spotted on their website:

A colorful notebook by O-Check:

And this is the birch tree notebook I recently saw at McNally Jackson, which turns out to be created by the owner of Rare Device: