Notebook density: Moleskine vs. Miquelrius

A few days ago I wrote a post about the Miquelrius notebook, and a comparison of it to the Moleskine I’d found over on In the comparison, Jeremy’s friend was explaining that the Miquelrius held a lot longer of a record in less space. I was very intrigued by this idea of writing-space density, so I decided to investigate a bit. Of course, since I have an engineering background, it wasn’t enough to just notice that one was thicker 😉

First I picked up a Miquelrius “notepad”, which is what they call them on their miserable flash website at Barnes & Noble for $7 (thanks Jim!). I got the 4×6 square ruled jobby, and it seems to be a pretty nice binding. It’s very floppy and flexible, which may annoy, but also means you’ll never have a cracked or broken cover. One thing that is not right is the spacing of the gridlines – they are at that awkward size where they’re too big to use every other line, but too small to use every line. They are smaller than the Moleskine’s, but a nice shade of light blue instead of black.

Anyway, it’s 4.09″x5.90″ x .77″ thick, which is a total volume of 18.58 cubic inches. It has 200 leaves, each with 2 sides (i.e. pages) for a total of 400 sides to write on, or a pretty hefty 67 square feet of writing space.

The Moleskine, (pocket size, square ruled) on the other hand, is 3.6″ x 5.6″ x .52″ thick, which is a total volume of 10.48 cubic inches. It has 96 leaves, for a total of 192 sides to write on, which is a measly 27 square feet of space.

The Miquelrius has about 3.6 square feet per cubic inch, Moleskine has 2.6. If you are someone who’s looking for the greatest amount of writing space available for the space taken up in your bag or pocket, Jeremy’s friend Jim has it on the nose.

Now is there another, more dense notebook out there? If Moleskine made the pocket notebook exactly as it is, but two or three times as thick, would you buy it? How about if they used onion skin or bible stock paper?

2 thoughts on “Notebook density: Moleskine vs. Miquelrius

  1. There is, actually, a denser (thicker) Moleskine notebook out there. The Moleskine Pocket Diary is a little more than twice as thick as the standard pocket notebook. Now, the pages are formatted to be a daily planner, and therefore is not available with square-ruled pages, but the lines are standard Moleskine lines. One of these notebooks would definitely last a lot longer than the standard Moleskine, and if you ignore the date stamps (they only take up the top line, and are easily written over), the size of the notebook is very useable. I currently have the Miquelrius flexible notebook (the one similar in size to the Moleskine, the A4 I think), and the pages are great, as is the size. What I miss about the Moleskine is the hard covers, which I personally like, and the color of the paper. Now, if only they made another Moleskine the size of the Pocket Diary, but with regular ruled or squared pages, that would be divine.


  2. Also, another great thing about the Moleskine is that the pages lay flat when opened. Call me picky, but that’s great for field and cafe use alike. The Miquelrius does not do that, and unfortunately, it did make a difference for me. One thing I will most likely never return to is the spiral-bound notebook, so the binding is important to me.


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