Something neat came in the mail yesterday:
Before we get to the contest, just a note: we finally put together a full picture guide to the notebooks we’ve reviewed. We’ll hope to add helpful features such as arranging by price, hardest cover to softest cover, etc.
For those of you who are new to Black Cover, this blog is dedicated to the search for the perfect little black notebook. The folks at Piccadilly, manufacturers of a fantastic, low-priced moleskine-style notebook we recently reviewed, were extremely generous in donating a ton of notebooks for our second Black Cover contest, and we’re going to give them away to you – FREE!
Piccadilly makes three different size notebooks, which come lined (orange) or unlined (green). You can buy them in Borders stores everywhere (usually found in the discount section, NOT the stationery area), or online here. They have generously offered our readers a 15% discount on online orders with the sales code blackcover. Borders prices below are based on reader input, and seem to vary a bit. The sizes are:
Small (3.5″x5.5″) – $3.99 @ Borders / $4.99 Online
Medium (5″x8.25″) – $4.99 @ Borders / $6.99 Online
Big (7.5″x10″) – $7.99 @ Borders / $8.99 Online
We’re going to be giving away FIVE sets of notebooks to FIVE lucky readers. Each prize set will contain (1) small notebook, (1) medium notebook, and (1) large notebook! Lined vs. unlined will be decided by random.
Last time we had a contest, you could only enter by posting about us on your blog. In retrospect, this wasn’t entirely fair to the numerous readers we have without blogs. So we’re going to make things a bit different this time.
The contest is only open to residents of the USA. The deadline to enter is on or by Thursday, October 30, 2008.
There are four ways to enter. You can only enter ONCE under one of the following four options.
1) No blog or website? No problem! Just send an email with your name and mailing address to (contest closed). This counts as one entry.
2) Got a blog? Post an entry about our site with something concerning our search for “Moleskine alternatives” in the link text. You are welcome to state that the only reason you are doing this is for a contest. For example: “Check out this site which is dedicated to finding Moleskine alternatives. I’m shilling to win a contest, so please check them out!” The entry HAS to be dated today (October 14, 2008) or after. Send an email with your name, mailing address, and a link to the blog entry to (contest closed). This counts as two entrys.
3) Got a blog or website? Put a permanent link to Black Cover on your Links page or blog roll. Send your name, mailing address, and a link to your site to (contest closed). This counts as two entries.
4) Do #2 & #3 – Make an entry about Black Cover AND put a link to us on your blog roll/links page, and send us your name, mailing address, and a link to both at (contest closed). This gets you the maximum of three entries. Don’t feel dirty! If you really hate us that much, you can just delete it all after this contest is over!
SPECIAL REWARD! When we go to tally votes, the person whose website or blog has generated the MOST number of hits to our site will be rewarded with one additional entry.
THE DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3O. We will announce the winners on Halloween day. Your personal information will NOT be given out to anyone, and you will not wind up on any mailing list including our own, in part because we do not have one.
But BC, I posted an entry about Black Cover a few days/weeks/months ago. Can I submit this as a blog entry?
Unfortunately, we’re only counting blog entries from the date of this post on.
But BC, I already have a permanent link to your site on my links list/blogroll. Does this count?
Yes it does. Submit it now!
But BC, I don’t understand! These entry options seem complicated! What do you mean, one entry or two entries or…
It’s really quite simple. Joe Everyman doesn’t have a blog or website, so he simply sends an email with his name and address. We put ONE Joe Everyman ticket into our enormous top hat from which we will pull the winners.
Sarah Drog has a blog, and writes an entry about us. She sends us the link, and we put TWO Sarah Drog entries into our enormous top hat.
Billy Blight has a website, and puts up a permanent link to Black Cover in his Links section. We put TWO Billy Blight entries into our big hat.
Finally, John Q Public has a blog, and makes an entry about Black Cover AND puts a link to us in his permanent blog roll. We put THREE John Q Public entries in the hat.
When we go to tally the votes in the end, we see that Sarah Drog’s blog has generated more site hits than Billy Blight or John Q Public. Thus, we give her the SPECIAL REWARD, and she gets THREE ENTRIES instead of two.
Black Cover reserves the right to clarify rules as we see fit. This contest is JUST FOR FUN, so no legal mumbo jumbo. We reserve the right to call it off if things go horribly and devise a new, less-headache-inducing way to win the notebooks.
Finally, GOOD LUCK!!