Pu Notebook-How To Buy Paper Notebook?Update:04 Jun 2020

Notebooks are as diverse as our vehicles: they come in different sizes, shapes and materials. Different bindings, paper weight, line width (or square, or no line at all), hard cover, soft cover, processed paper, untreated paper-only inside. Recommend a notebook to everyone will be a notebook to anyone.

A better strategy is to learn different types of laptops in order to best understand your decisions while avoiding obvious dullness.

1. Size
First, let's talk about size. The size of laptops is almost (but not very) standardized and depends on whether you are looking at Europe or the United States. Generally speaking, the European sizes are A, B and C series, ranging from A0 to A10, B0 to B10 and C0 to C10. These all share the same ratio, so they have the same shape but different sizes: the smaller the number, the larger the paper. The way these sizes work is a very beautiful arithmetic work: the basic aspect ratio of all A-series papers is 1: √2 (about 1.14). A0 is the largest size you can hardly see, with an area of ​​1 square meter and a size of 33.1 x 46.8 inches. Each successive size works by halving the larger size and keeping the smaller size the same, so the size of the next reduced A1 is 23.4 x 33.1. Wikipedia has a good graphical representation of this. It shows how European paper sizes resemble nautilus shells, which is interesting.

The basic working methods of the B and C series are the same, but the sizes are different. The B series is not very common, but it will still be used from time to time. Probably the most commonly used B series size is your passport, which has been standardized at B7.


The size of the United States is more casual: the most common are Letter, Legal, Letter-Letter, and Junior Legal, plus an informal "pocket size." Letter is the 8.5×11 inch paper you usually use, which is roughly equivalent to A4. Half-Letter corresponds to an A5, approximately 8.5 x 5.5, approximately equal to the size of your classic black Moleskine notebook. The Legal is narrower at 8.5 x 14, and the Junior Legal is narrower at 8 x5. Those yellow pages, blue lines, and legal pads on the top border are Legal (larger) or Junior Legal (smaller).

Less than this size, you will get a bunch of sizes with little or no name: "Pocket size" usually means about 3.5 by 5, but in the United States it can sometimes refer to European A6, which is about 4 by 6. On the other hand, also There are some larger formats, such as Tabloid (11 by 17), but Reinert points out that anything larger than A4 is a professional notebook for an artist's sketchbook or an architect's notepad. The architect even has his own system, following a 4:3 ratio, ranging from "Arch A" to "Arch E" (Arch E, the largest arch, which can have a larger number later; Arch E1, Arch E2, etc. Things). If you need one of them, you probably already know.


The size you want depends largely on how the notebook is used. Pocket laptops are usually thinner and lighter, but usually have very few pages, sometimes less than 50 pages. If you are not sure what size to get, that may be what you want. Letter-sized notebooks are a bit large for office workers. They are reminiscent of schoolchildren’s photos, although there are more adult-designed photos that look good and provide a lot of writing space. Try Clairefontaine ($15), its paper and bound copies are well received.

2. Bundling
After determining the size, you must check the binding, which is how to bind the paper into the notebook. There are several different types of binding, and notebooks of certain sizes are usually more common. For example, bookbinding is most commonly found in pocket notebook computers. Spiral rings are more common in Letter-sized laptops.

The experts I talk to usually prefer stitch binding, although Ian Hedley of Pens! paper! pencil! No problem with staples. He said: "Pocket notebooks are usually bound and suitable for that size." Glue binding (although Hedley says it can sometimes be done well) may not be your best choice: glued paper notebooks are not very strong, and You will run into trouble when you lie flat. Serious laptop people usually don't like spirals because they tend to bend and deform, preventing the laptop from being completely flat.

Stitched binding or the combination of stitching and gluing does not cause the following problems: The lightweight style allows the computer to lay flat and secure the pages firmly. You need to stitch and bind.

3. Weight
Paper weight is a difficult issue. You might think that thicker paper is better, but this is not always the case. Hedley said: "Interestingly, if you plan to use a pen, thick does not necessarily mean good", because the ink in the pen will seep into the thick paper, causing "feathering". But too thin paper can cause tearing or dents on other pages. This is a problem called "ghosting" and is usually common in old detective movies. In detective movies, the detective uses a pencil to Gently cover the notebook page to reveal when someone wrote on the previous page.

Paper is measured by weight, but given that weight is not necessarily better, it cannot tell you much. If you are really serious, the best option is to go to the store and try to write on the paper with the most commonly used pen. Different people like different paper textures (Reinert calls them "teeth"), which is not a simple indicator of objective description. However, in general, unless you use a pen, our recommended notebook will have teeth that most people will like.

If you are using a pen, both Reinert and Hedley mention Tomoe River ($15), a Japanese company known for its ultra-thin but strong paper. It will take longer for the ink to dry on the paper, but it will look spectacular when dry.

4. Number of pages
In terms of the number of sheets required, it may also be different. If in doubt, one option might be a movable worksheet system. Hedley likes arcs, which can be purchased at Staples (over $11) and allows you to remove and replace the sheets on its disc-shaped spine. Just like in a spiral notebook, the ability to remove paper without tearing the paper makes Arc popular among notebook enthusiasts. Moreover, the paper quality is higher and easier to remove than perforated adhesive legal paper pads.

5. Lid
The other main choice you must make between notebooks is between a soft case or a hard case. "Although hardcover books can be more durable and provide a harder writing surface on the lap or on the road, some people prefer hardcover books or more flexible covers because it can usually fold the book in half (rolling cover Reinert said Point out that soft leather notebooks can become very personal, just like the owner's pocket. A hardcover book looks more formal and professional, but it actually depends on your office environment.


6. Blanks, rules and grids
The last factor you must consider is the style of the page. The most common styles are white space, straight grain, and gridding (sometimes called graph paper). Lines and grids have different widths, but they are quite standardized (school marks are 7 mm and rulers are 5 mm.) Most notebook manufacturers offer a variety of different paper styles, but the choice is mainly based on personal preference. Some notebook enthusiasts I talked about only use blank pages, while others are used to traditional grid lines. Graph paper is very suitable for those who have very few handwritings, but now it is not so common for drawing. Computers tend to take over math and sketch work.

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