Notebooks are hot

While we live in exciting times of ever-growing digital media and the invention of new electronic applications almost daily, some people still prefer older tools for certain tasks.

A case in point is the tried-and-true use of pen, paper and notebook. There’s nothing like the feel of a pen flowing freely, or the light friction of a pencil scratching on a piece of paper, recording one’s thoughts or designs.

And nothing beats the portability of a good, sturdy notebook.

Ideas and feelings are captured, projects are sketched out, experiences recorded in the most personal way, with no need to worry about the power supply.

One of the most popular notebooks is the Moleskine (shown in the photo), originally made by French bookbinders for stationary shops that sold to writers and artists. The last manufacturer, a company in Tours, closed up shop in 1986. But now the pocket-size Moleskine has made a strong comeback, after a company from Milan resurrected it and began to market it worldwide.

It’s fans share ideas on Moleskinerie a fun and creative web site. It's a great place to see what people are working on and how they use their Moleskines.

If you’re energized by the creativity of others, explore Notebookism, another interesting site for people whose notebooks have become an extension of their minds.

Considering the tradition, from Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso to countless other luminaries of today, you can safely bet that notebooks are here to stay.

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