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How Notebooks and their Designs Have Been Evolving

No matter how far the world moves with technology, the original reading vives remain on paper. The notebook, the stock of papers has several purposes such as recording notes or memoranda, other writing, drawing or scrapbooking.

The culture of making notebooks dates back to the fourteen and fifteen centuries when people produced notebooks by hand at home.  The pages were blank and a notekeeper had to draw a line across the papers back then. 

When John Tetlow invented the line-drawing machine, it became a lifesaver for drawing lines. Around the year 1888, Thomas W. Holley invented the legal pad. It was a practice of sorting and collecting sub-standard paper scraps from various factories and stitching them together to sell them as pads. 

In about the 19th century, the traditionally yellow legal pad got evolved by drawing a margin on the left side of the paper. So far, the design of notebooks has evolved with the below types of products.

Types of Notebooks

Notebooks have grown worldwide with their attractive designs and their uses. Let’s see what the different notebooks contain and what they are used for. 

Spiral Notebook

One of the most common notebooks is a spiral notebook. Students are the biggest users of it as it is quite affordable. This type of notebook comes in various sizes ranging from 70 to 200 pages. It is usually wire bound with three punch holes, and its pages are perforated for easy removal. Its common page size is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Thin cardboard, polypropylene or flexible plastic are the common cover of a spiral notebook. 

Composition Notebook

It is sturdier than a spiral notebook as its cardboard cover is thicker. Bound like a book, a composition notebook contains 100 pages and measure 9 3/4 by 7 1/2 inches. There are various student reference tools such as a multiplication table, measurement conversion table and grammar and punctuation rules etc on the back cover.

Lab or Scientific Notebook

This notebook is highly used by scientists to keep records of their progress or lab reports. Scientific notebooks have graph paper, which contains headings for recording research and experiment details. Relatively, these notebooks are higher by price. 

Business Notebook

Business notebooks are for two things: note taking and schedule keeping. They contain a built-in planner that helps notekeepers to track their daily routines and work schedules. Such notebooks use covers made of a heavier weight material, such as vinyl or leather. 

High-End Notebook

High-end notebooks contain heavy-weight papers and are bound with cloth or moleskin, heavy cotton fabric with a velvety feel. So, they feel luxurious inside and out. They come in many sizes from pocket-sized to oversized. Filled with standard lined paper, High-end notebooks are often kept without lines (blank) on the pages.

Novelty or Specialty Notebook

Novelty or Specialty Notebooks were designed for militaries earlier. They are technically index cardholders and contain waterproof pages. These notebooks’ covers are often designed by professional artists. So, they are valued for their arts rather than their actual use.