Monday, July 5, 2010
Noteletts are the new line of notebooks from Letts of London, who make excellent planners/ diaries and who also owns Filofax. You can find Letts online at www.lettsusa.com and at www.letts.co.uk.
I received the L5 Ruled, which measures approximately 6 3/4 by 9 inches, and the pocket size L7 Flip which measures almost 3 1/2 inches by 4 1/2.
I was immediately excited when I received these notebooks in the mail. These are really cool! Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of them with the wrapper still on because I ripped it off immediately. Also you don't get to see the pocket size reporter notebook in its pristine condition, because these arrived the day before I went to Croatia and I instantly tossed this little black book in my bag as my travel notebook. So, you see it in its slightly scuffed post-travel condition.
These notebooks have several features which make them immediately stand out from the notebook crowd. Their hard covers are fabric-covered, which look and feel very nice.
Noteletts have something I've never seen in a notebook before: international information pages like what you often see in planners/ diaries. They have info like international dialing codes, time zones maps, and more.
The pocket reporter book has international info on two pages (click on photo for larger view):
The larger book has a time zones map in addition to dialing codes, weights and measures, and temperature conversions:
Each notebook has an undated annual planner in the back to record plans for every month of the year, so you could use this as combination notebook/ planner.
The small flip book has the planner over three pages:
And the large book has the planner across a two-page spread (click to enlarge photo):
I'm really excited about the monthly planners because you can use them to track goals, write future appointments, keep your birthdays/ anniversaries, etc.
Each notebook also has a page in the front to record your important information:
There's an actual ribbon, not cotton, placemarker that is color-matched to the cover. Every page has a place in the top right corner to note the date you make your entry (click on photo to enlarge).
My only suggestion to the company is to do away with the Noteletts logo at the bottom of each page, especially in the small size:
The paper is absolutely glorious. I mean, wow. Super-smooth, thick, cream colored. According to the company it is 100 gsm. Unfortunately I don't use fountain pens so I can't speak to its FP performace, but my Pilot V5 and Sakura Micron 05 pens just glide across the page with no feathering, very little shadow on the other side of the page and no bleed-through whatsoever. I can't stop touching this paper! This is paper you WANT to write on.
The books also have contrasting colors in the inside covers and pockets in the back:
The first thing I thought of for these notebooks of course is that they'd be perfect as a travel journal (and thus the book went immediately into my bag). With the international information and date space on each page, these notebooks would be perfect to plan and record any trip. The hard cover and elastic strap make the book perfect for traveling around in your bag without getting beat up or flapping open.
These notebooks would also be perfect for work. They are so classy-looking you'll be proud to use them in meetings. The date space at the top of each page will help keep your notes organized each day. And the annual planner in the back will help you keep track of multiple projects at once.
Noteletts are available in the small L7 flip book I reviewed here, small L7 notebook, medium L6 notebook, and large L5 notebook I have reviewed here. They come with blank, ruled or quadruled pages. The colors available are Burgundy (the color of the large notebook I reviewed here), Black, Lilac, Green and Pale Blue.
Those of you in the US can buy Noteletts directly on the Letts USA site:
UK folks can buy Noteletts on the Letts UK site as well as various retailers. Click here for the Noteletts UK website.
Many thanks again to Filofax USA for letting me sample these excellent notebooks! I'm officially hooked!