Whether you pronounce it Mole-skin or Mole–eh–skeen (there’s no right way, apparently), people love their Moleskine notebooks.


Moleskine® was officially created as a brand in 1997, but the “simple black rectangle with rounded corners, an elastic page-holder, and an internal expandable pocket” has been a hit with creative-types for the past two centuries. The legendary notebooks were famously used by Hemingway, Picasso, VanGogh, and Chatwin, who gave the iconic notebooks their name. Today, they are trusted companions of writers, artists, students, travelers, and business professionals. But what is it about them? Why are so many people drawn to them?



Moleskine’s website states: “Moleskine brand is synonymous with culture, travel, memory, imagination, and personal identity—in both the real world and the virtual world.” And with fan-made videos on YouTube and 55,000 facebook fans, I’d say that’s true. I’m a big fan myself, particularly of their new Passions line.



Amy, our Food for Thought blogger is a fan, too. Here’s what she had to say about her lifelong love affair with the notebooks: 


"I’ve been carrying Moleskine notebooks (I prefer the version with the lined pages, a mini folder that works great for collecting—and not losing—the business cards of winemakers and chefs, and the sweet little bound bookmark ribbon that allows me to easily mark where I’ve left off when I need to take a picture or hop on a bus or scramble around a vineyard tout de suite) for years now, and I wouldn’t cover a story without one. Sure, I love the part about how Hemingway used to use them, too. But mostly, I like that my sturdy little books outsmart my serial disorganization (in the most stylish of ways)."


Many trends have come and gone, but it seems that, Mole-eh-skeen or Mole-Skin, these notebooks will always be in.



Moleskine’s new Folio Professional and Tools collections just debuted and here's your chance to win a suite of the Folio products! Leave a comment on this post telling us why YOU love Moleskine notebooks, and how you use them during your work week and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a suite of the Folio products.



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by JenAL on ‎09-11-2010 10:34 PM

I carry mine in my purse to jot down notes- and keep my calendar up to date. It's useful in my personal life AND my work life. Love those Moleskines! I can't wait to see the new line.

by dragonlibra on ‎09-11-2010 10:56 PM

I use a Moleskine planner at work to jot down random info all day - and keep if I ever need to go back & find the info. Keep the small notebook in a back pocket for keeping track of everything from expenses, to books I want to get in the future & notes from magazines while @ B&N store, to reminders for groceries & anything else I need to note during the day. And I try to keep a daily journal as well in a moleskine journal. And in the handy little pocket I keep any paper notes I might need & a bit of extra cash which has come in very handy if I can't make it to the ATM.

by EEis4Me on ‎09-12-2010 03:27 AM

I love the feel of quality paper when writing, a lost art form, and the thickness does not bleed ink from rollerball pens to fountain pens.  I love the calendar and the variety of the sizes of the notebooks.  I am terrible at sketching so I have not tried the sketchbooks but I have many of the notebooks and I have a reporter's notebook for quick notes, information taking, etc.  The sizes are perfect and I carry the 18 month weekly calendar for keeping up to date on appointments.  I am an electronics freak but I still like the feel and look of quality products.  I just wish the moleskine products were more available.

by busterFrog on ‎09-12-2010 09:12 AM

I have to replace mine, actually.  I treat them as 'scratch paper', for everything from keeping track of mileage, drawing, keeping ideas, and letting Grandkids draw pictures for me.  I pretty well beat these up as I move them from pocket to motorcycle jacket or tank bag , to my desk.


Now that I think about, I'm not sure where it is at the moment!


gotta go look for it.

by PittHockey on ‎09-12-2010 07:38 PM

I love Molskine notebooks because I can always carry one around with me to jot down notes and ideas so I don't forget them.

by crw1204 on ‎09-13-2010 09:30 AM

I love the basic black notebooks, but I really use the red- and craft-paper-colored 3 packs-- for writing, ideas, drawings, whatever. There is always one near-by. I also have one city guide, San Francisco, and give these regularly as gifts to traveling friends.


Would like to get the passions series journals...

by fossen on ‎09-13-2010 09:47 AM

I love Moleskine because they've really become part of my process. As a theatre director, I use the Moleskine reporter for collecting all my thoughts pre-production, then writing notes during each.


I buy a separate book for each production. Simply the act of buying it is a "start", a way to begin to organize, a knowledge that soon it will be full. And then each book goes with my collection of each show's script, press, programs, etc.



by Shaunicus on ‎09-13-2010 09:51 AM

I love Moleskine to death!!! Without my Pocket, Black Soft Cover 18 Month - Weekly Notebook, I'd be completely lost!!! I'm a private clarinet instructor, who is at the mercy of 13 - 20 students a week plus a full time job.  My weekly notebook organizes my work schedule, my personal time, and available times I can add students for lessons.  The greatest part of this notebook is the right page gives the option to write note on how my students are progessing or write memos to myself on what they should be prepared on!!!


In addition to the Pocket, Black Soft Cover 18 Month - Weekly Notebook, I use the Large Ruled Notebook to record my personal goals for each student.  I currently have about 30 used Large Ruled Notebook for my current and past students, with another 10 - 15 to spare!!! Each student is recorded to purchase a pack of 3 Large Ruled Notebook to help themselves stay organized and to be prepared. 


Also the MSK Wizard and Templates online help make the Large Ruled Notebook very versatile.  Whether we're added student contacts, recording clarinet serial number/make/model, adding valuable websites to help our learning, or recording must see performances; Moleskine has been my hero, thanks for keeping me and my students on track!!!

by pattierwr on ‎09-13-2010 09:53 AM

It's a really simple, solid, well-made journal in a fancy-pants world.

by Smordant on ‎09-13-2010 12:10 PM

I like Moleskine notebooks because of their durability, they get thrown in my bag and written in in all weathers. They stand up to being abused and don't fall apart easy. Mainly use them for writing ideas for my blogs.

by corwyn74 on ‎09-13-2010 12:40 PM

I keep a small square-ruled notebook in my camera bag, so I can write down settings, conditions, new things I've learned, etc.


I also keep another (one of the thin ones that comes in a 3-pack) in my pocket when I'm just out and about, with the battery types for various small gadgets I own (so I don't have to remember to take a dead battery with me to the store), my wishlist of Blu-Ray discs I want to buy when they're on sale (replacing the DVDs), and other things I want to remember when I'm out.

by Discerning_Heart on ‎09-14-2010 03:50 AM

I love the standard, uniform black book with stylish, rounded edges. 

I use the pocked sized ruled notebooks as journals to vent my thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

They will look wonderful on my bookshelf, all in a row, when I'm an old man.  I'll be able to look back and read portions out of my life chronologically. I find that magical!

by Skyflier on ‎09-14-2010 08:09 AM
I was skeptical of moleskins when my husband used to buy them, chiding him for spending so much money on paper. Then he got me my own and I fell in love with them and wouldn't know what to do without my moleskins. My fav are the ones with lined pages and the pocket in the back. Everyone shod have one
by annalouise09 on ‎09-14-2010 08:46 AM

The reason I love Moleskine notebooks is simple. It's the paper.


There's just something about that paper that gets me every time. It's smooth, it has a good smell, and if the pages are lined the lines are perfectly spaced. I feel like my writing takes on a certain quality when I write on lovely paper.


I use Moleskine notebooks for many different purposes: collecting story ideas, writing down things I see throughout my day, and planning my wedding. They haven't let me down yet!

by photogirlUT on ‎09-14-2010 11:43 AM

I LOVE moleskine journals. I have a few and I carry them everywhere. I am a artist and i am constantly being inspired or taking notes or needing to write down a thought for later. These books are honest to goodness the best yet! 

by mathetes on ‎09-14-2010 12:05 PM

These notebooks are amazing.   I started using them while working on my Master's and havent' looked back since.  THey are easily the best notebooks I have ever used, and the variety of sizes they come in make them useful in all sorts of situations.  WIthout them I would be even less organized then I already am.

by caroNYC on ‎09-14-2010 12:37 PM

In my pocket or on my desk, in the subway or in my bed, my Moleskines are always there for me: A few pages for my next book, a breakthrough in my thesis, a TicTacToe with a friend... what would I do without my Moleskines?

Discrete but efficient, fun but reliable... these are really perfect!

by vkay on ‎09-14-2010 12:45 PM

I love the Moleskin notebooks because they are so durable.  You can accidentally drop them on your bike commute to work, set your coffee mug on them, flip them wide open to write on the pages, and they still look professional!  I wish Moleskin made business clothes.

by nadine3243 on ‎09-14-2010 12:56 PM

I love moleskin journal books. 

by Psistriker on ‎09-14-2010 01:00 PM

I have the book Passions journal that I absolutely love.  It's a great way to keep track of what I'm reading/have read/want to read & what I've thought of it all.  I also have one of the planners & not only is it pretty and stylish but it takes a beating after being stuff in my purse and comes out looking great.  Plus the folder in the back is great for keeping appointment cards from doctors/hairdressers/groomers/whatever and it's handy for tossing in the ocassional reciept or stray piece of paper I've collected.


And lately I've taken to carrying one of the volant notebooks with me in my bag everyday.  It's great for when I an idea hits me & I want to write it down before I lose it.  Plus they don't take up much room and I know they're not going to get messed up in the bottom of my bag.

by SoCal_K on ‎09-14-2010 01:10 PM

I am fairly new to the delights of Moleskin, but treated myself to an address book and note book to keep information together on a new home in another city.  Loved the resource i was able to make the address book into - had the info I needed and the GPS info my DH needed! 


Hoping Moleskin notebooks will help me stop littering my life with bits of paper holding improtant ideas.... now they have a home!!!

by NumbAlternative3 on ‎09-14-2010 01:15 PM

I'm always sketching so the small moleskin sketchbooks are perfect to carry around with me. They can take a beating and they're always ready if inspiration strikes me suddenly :]

by TerminusEst on ‎09-14-2010 01:32 PM

The Cahier series is the perfect form factor for me. Right in my back pocket.


by virtualjustin on ‎09-14-2010 01:44 PM

For years I kept an online journal.  I enjoyed the ease of stream-of-consciousness typing and fast remote uploads to a host server.  Keeping a digital journal was great - except when I discovered that not every place in the world has access to the Internet!  This was the predicament that I faced when I lived overseas for eleven months and could not connect to my journal.  What to do?  Through necessity I found myself writing down my thoughts the old-fashioned way - with pen and paper!


Upon returning to the States, I found myself preferring to continue employing the "Old World" method of diary-keeping.  Using a Moleskin notebook just seemed more conducive to capturing my unique point of view.  Re-visiting the past exploits and adventures that are contained within my Moleskin is a joy.  The tactile process of thumbing through its dirt-splattered and dog-eared pages provides a much more vivid experience than anything a computer screen can display.


Whether I'm sitting at home or on the go, my Moleskin is always with me.  Plus, the beautiful leather-bound cover was much more in line with my personal style: cool, sophisticated and ready for an adventure.  That's me, right? :smileytongue:

by piggie1230 on ‎09-14-2010 01:49 PM

Finally got it to work


I live for Moleskin.  For Christmas last year my husband got me the planner with the little individual brightly colored books.  They're awesome.  They're the only planners set up the way I like and the cover is so nice to touch.

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