Friday, April 16, 2010

Questions from and to Readers

A recent commenter asked this question:
"Where's a good place to pick up inexpensive quality journals?"
As I am just beginning to discover the world of journals, notebooks, and pens myself, I did not have a good answer for him.  I tend to just happen upon journals here and there in small, out-of-the-way places.

So, to my readers, where do you buy your journals and notebooks?  What places would you recommend to others?

8 comments:

  1. While I tend to shop mostly for sketchbooks, the Bargain sections of most bookstores might be a good place to start.

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  2. thought i'd posted this, but i don't see it. i really recommend the muji recycled journals. b5 size, and very fountain pen friendly. no feathering or bleedthrough, even with a very wet ink.

    they have stores in nyc, or you can buy online. they are about $1 each....

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  3. Most Borders bookstores in the USA carry Piccadilly notebooks. Opinions about their quality vary, but Nifty says she likes hers and that they have improved in quality, so that tells you something.

    Piccadilly notebooks are a small fraction of the price of Moleskines, and are less expensive at Borders than they are online. Last I checked at Borders, the pocket size was $4.99, medium (about the same size as a large Moleskine) was $5.99, and the extra-large (7.5 in. x 10 in.) was only $6.99. But even online, they are less expensive than Moleskines.

    I own two — one pocket, one extra large — and use the extra large daily at work. They seem fine to me, but I'm still new to notebooks, and haven't used any others regularly.

    If you go to Borders, you'll find the Piccadilly Notebooks in the "bargain books" section, not with the other notebooks. They are stocked in the same section as the bargain-priced novels, biographies, etc.

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  4. Thanks for the comments, everyone. Note Booker, especially, you (almost) have me wishing I lived in the US if only so I could visit a Borders store. I suppose I'd have to settle for online shopping if I wanted to get a Piccadilly notebook.

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  5. I like to get notebooks at all sorts of places; I tend to find cute ones on clearance or something [at Target, Michael's, JoAnn's, Staples, Borders, Hastings, Barnes and Noble, etc.] when I'm not even looking for them.
    It's always nice to check out thrift stores or local/independant odds-and-ends stores, you'll never know what you'll find.

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  6. That's the best way to find notebooks - just stumbling upon them at a sale or at some small, out-of-the-way place. Thanks for the comment, Tracie!

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  7. I find hardbacks for altering into art journals at the half price book store for a dollar or two.

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  8. Barnes and Noble stores usually carry Moleskine notebooks. Dick Blick online store carries a good selection as does vickery.com

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