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Quick Update

March 4th, 2009 · 36 Comments · black book

Hello there.

Quick update –

Many of you have been writing over the past few months to ask about the site’s lack of posts. Part of the reason is that my (non-notebook-related) job is keeping me very, very busy at the moment. But a larger reason is that I honestly haven’t seen any notebooks recently that really intrigue me. I have a few lying around that have yet to be reviewed, but I’ve been avoiding this because they’re all in the “so-so” to “pretty useless” range. I’d rather just not review them instead of spending a whole entry trashing them.

I hope to post some updates soon on how a few choice notebooks have held up to wear and tear. And as soon as a decent notebook comes along, I’ll review it in a heartbeat. For those of you who were worried, Black Cover’s not going anywhere – we’re just waiting for something good to come our way!


36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lanzman // Mar 4, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Thanks for the update.

  • 2 boosette // Mar 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Have you thought about reviewing the new molskin volants/volant colors) ?

    (or have you reviewed them already & I missed it?)

  • 3 Speedmaster // Mar 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Looking forward to it, and hope you are well! 😉

  • 4 Rachel // Mar 6, 2009 at 10:02 am

    I’m very glad to see that Black Cover has not ceased entirely! If I see any really good notebooks, I’ll let you know. I hope that others do the same, so we can see some great new reviews on here (once you’re not quite so busy with your real job, I mean.)

  • 5 Sean // Mar 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Glad to hear you’re still around. Thanks to your post about the Perfect Little Non-Black Book, I’ve been very happy with the Rite in the Rain notebooks.

  • 6 jim hughes // Mar 7, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    How about the Primo Journals from Pickadilly
    Notebooks. Comes in multiple cover colours.
    Orange cover available now, black is b/o.

  • 7 Biffybeans // Mar 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Remember that what might be so-so or useless to you might make someone else really happy. That’s why I try and review everything with an open mind, but still mentioning whether or not something serves my needs.

  • 8 Martin Williams // Mar 10, 2009 at 12:01 am

    …And all that notwithstanding, the Italian makers of the Stifflexible f***** up the remake of that particular product (with “design improvements”), and two Moleskine ripoffs have done rather well. I can’t speak for the Piccadilly, but the Guildhall notebook is superior to, and cheaper than (to UK buyers – £5.70, inc. postage now), the Moleskine. As far as I’m concerned, the problem is solved.

  • 9 CatChick // Mar 11, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I would love to hear how The Allen’s Journal is holding up. I’m just absolutely fanantical about finding a “blank bible” out there. I love what I saw and read in your review but they are still not available as of March ’09 and I cannot find anyone selling any (just one would do for now) anywhere else online.
    Hurry, hurry !!!

  • 10 Mattias // Mar 11, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Hi there, I would love to see a review of the Leuchtturm black notebooks! Looks very promising on the web but haven’t seen any recorded experiences. They even have a giant size notebook A4+

  • 11 koti hu // Mar 24, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I ordered the black version of the full sized Midori traveler’s notebook, and as you mentioned in your review, I’m sure it’s not for everyone( and may not even fit in the category of “perfect little black notebook”). however, I have had great success with it so far and wanted to mention that as of last week, Midori added a passport size version of the traveler’s notebook to their product line. I don’t have the exact specifications, but what I do know is that it will be the same width as the original traveler’s notebook(4.5″) I’m not sure of the exact height.

    I placed my order for the passport size traveler’s notebook on the day before it was released(March 18). Their international orders representative promised me that they should be shipping out within the next week or so.

    because I recently became a quadriplegic with no function in my hands/fingers, I desperately needed a refillable notebook which I could work on, and customize by myself. it also needed to be able to lay completely flat against my desk( or in my lap). my search led me to your reviews. the traveler’s notebook is a product that has allowed me to be able to journal and write all throughout the day once again. I look forward to receiving mine.

    Thank you for all your reviews, you helped me a lot in my search :-)

  • 12 Lil Brandy // Mar 28, 2009 at 1:17 pm


  • 13 Eric // Mar 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I’d love to see a review of the new Piccadilly Primo –

  • 14 clayton // Mar 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Recently came across LEUCHTTURM1917 series at a bookstore. My partner purchased one and has been happy with it. Similar form factor as the pocket sized Moleskine, but maybe a tad larger. The paper quality is dramatically superior to that of the Moleskine, and the build seems sturdy even if it’s probably too robust for pocket carry. It really seemed much better than they Moleskine’s I’ve encountered.

  • 15 Andy Pastuszak // Apr 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Piccadilly is coming out with a squared notebook also, which is good.

    All the Borders around me have run out of the Piccadilly notebook and do not know when they’re going to get more, which is bad….

  • 16 Billy // Apr 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Black Cover’s not going anywhere. That’s great to hear, ‘cos you still haven’t found my perfect notebook yet – even though I could describe it.

    Pocket-sized Moleskine + soft leather cover (black) + NO elastic closure = perfect little black notebook

  • 17 ccorrada // May 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Your blog was the blog to launch a thousand pens. After I discovered it- via lifehacker- it opened the huge notebook, pens and pencils blog world, which I did not know existed. Needless to say my collection has expanded greatly because of you. My banking account has contracted a little because of you.
    You are the first one, I think, and we miss you!

  • 18 Brendon // May 7, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Hello, I found this site, and confess I am a fan.
    Also…very jelous you get sent free samples.
    I thought about setting up a blog that does this kind of thig JUST for the samples…but what do you do with them all??
    You must have a GAZILLION notebooks, and the poor little high-schooler has one, over priced, saved for moleskine (which is actually shared).

    ~plus they are $30 dollars in New Zealand, where I am!

    Do you use all of them???

  • 19 Stuart // May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Love the site and I wish you would review some more notebooks: are there really no more out there?
    Following your review of the Alwych, I have been using it daily and I would love to know what you think of it now you have been using it for a while. Personally i love it, although the spine did break a bit too easily!

  • 20 Jed // May 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    How about a pen review?

  • 21 Lanzman // May 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    It’s so sadly quiet here now. Any signs of life?

  • 22 Mig // Jun 10, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Walmart is carrying small, ruled, leather notebooks for under $6 by Mead. They come in brown and black leather. With storage pocket, bungee closure, and ribbon. The lines are a brown in both the black and brown leather books. I bought the brown one. Very nice.

  • 23 mevillious // Jun 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Re: Leuchtturm 1917–got one in Munich for 19.50 euros. The separable pages at the back probably make sense for some people, but they tend to waggle with use, seeking that separation. Also, the body broke away from the back cover when I unwrapped it. I’ve been using journals for 15 years (not always black cover) and this has never happened with others even after months of pretty hard use. Bought another for somewhat less–and the elastic tore out, something that has yet to happen with the 6 Moleskine I’ve had, though to be fair I was travelling and perhaps harder than usual on the pocket. The weird thing is that just this month I saw the same Leuchtturm 1917 in an independent bookstore in Austin priced at $13; less than half the Euro price, though not marked as discounted. What is very cool about the Leuchtturm is that the pages are numbered, like a lab notebook.

  • 24 Chris L // Jun 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Come back!! There has to be something new … how about the Piccadilly Primo?

  • 25 RJ // Jul 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Why don’t you take a look at the Canteo notebooks?

  • 26 mevillious // Jul 6, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    RJ, thank you for the link to Canteo and their turn-of-the-century aesthetic. Alas, I’m not likely to be in lovely Biel or even Portugal anytime soon.

  • 27 Mousse // Jul 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    How about Paperblanks.

  • 28 Andy // Aug 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Makes me sad to see this site neglected. I check the Piccadilly site once in a while. Well, now the offer grid lined AND softcover notebooks.

    Looks like they’re slowly expanding their line to cover more and more Moleskine products!

  • 29 Spork // Aug 18, 2009 at 4:43 am

    None of the old posts show up in the feed, except for a Hello World! post indicating that WordPress is installed fresh.


  • 30 Billy // Sep 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    The Piccadily leatherlook journals are very nice:

    I love the fact that there’s no closure of any type, but they’re too big. Why can’t they make these in Moleskine size?

  • 31 Lanzman // Oct 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Wherefore art thou, Black Cover? Picadilly has some sweet new swag on the market, including softcovers, and they’ve improved their elastic closure.

  • 32 Andy // Nov 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    They’ve improved the elastic closure??


    I’ve had trouble finding these at Borders. I’ll try and find some new ones.

  • 33 Andy // Nov 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Just bought 2 Piccadilly notebooks at lunch time. The elastic enclosure is MUCH better now. Got a hard and soft cover. These notebooks are awesome. Bye bye Moleskine.

  • 34 k // Dec 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Hey, try reviewing Moleco and Corrupio:

    I haven’t tried any of them – they doesn’t seem to be very durable – but they certainly look nice

  • 35 sarah // Jul 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    As much as it sucks, people do appreciate reading the odd negative review. It’s very helpful.

  • 36 Joe // Sep 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Has anybody heard or use Semikolon? I think it’s German. The companies website isn’t great, but a link to this retailer has some beautiful pictures.

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