Here’s an oddly fascinating blog to waste a Friday afternoon looking at. It’s devoted entirely to Moleskine notebooks, far and away the best notebook you can buy. I regularly carry around both pocket-sized and the full-size Moleskines. They are elegant, substantial notebooks with covers are firmer than most notebooks, so you can write on them anywhere, and each one comes with a thin ribbon bookmark so that you don’t have to thumb through your notebook looking for the last page you wrote on. And, of course, they have an impeccable literary artistic pedigree. On the downside, even the full-size notebook is a little small (8"x5") to write in comfortably. Also, they’re kind of expensive — about $15 for the full-size notebook, and $8 for the pocket-sized one– so there’s a tendency to want to conserve pages, which is a little inhibiting.
One piece of bad news revealed on the site: Moleskine notebooks manufactured in China have appeared on the market, and at least one blogger has noticed a drop in quality. Moleskine notebooks have been manufactured in Italy since 1998.