I recently read an American classic that I’d never had to read in school: Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis. In the first chapter, there is aÂ description of the contents of Babbitt’s pockets, which includes this passage: Most significant of all was his loose-leaf pocket note-book, that modern and efficient note-book which contained the addresses of … Continue reading Babbitt’s Notebook
I noticed these two dueling articles, both on the Harvard Business Review website: What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop “Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. Iâ€™ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and … Continue reading Harvard Business Review: Paper or Digital?
From yesterday’s New York Times Business section: PAPER still matters. The frequent whirring of printers in offices â€” despite the Internet, Microsoft Word, social media, scanners, smartphone apps and PDF files â€” attests to that. We may use less of it than we once did, but reading and writing on paper serves a function that, … Continue reading In Defense of Paper
From an interesting article about how Tim O’Shaughnessy, the CEO of Living Social, manages his day: I carry a little leather Moleskine notebook with me everywhere. It’s filled with lists, like numbers I want to discuss, agenda items for staff meetings, or the biggest threats to our business. If I have an idea, it goes … Continue reading Moleskine Monday: Part of a CEO’s Day
A few months ago, I posted a link to a book called Niche, by James Harkin. I’d noticed the book because it includes a chapter about Moleskine… and then the book’s author noticed my post and kindly offered to send me a copy to review! With the subtitle “Why the Market No Longer Favours the … Continue reading Moleskine Monday: A Review of “Niche” by James Harkin
Here’s a new business book that uses Moleskine as a case study: Niche: Why the Market No Longer Favours the Mainstream, by James Harkin. From the New York Times website: [“Niche” is] a business book about how focusing on a smaller audience and gathering a greater percentage of its attention can be a stronger long-term … Continue reading Niche: A Look at Moleskine’s Marketing
Every once in a while, I have a little burst of temporary insanity, and I decide to go browsing on EBay. Fortunately, some of these bursts lead to interesting and inexpensive notebook finds! Here’s a real gem: This notebook must have been given out as a promotional item by a company called Rice-Stix, based in … Continue reading EBay Find: Rice-Stix
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 … Continue reading Penguin Notebook Spotting!