It is not unsurprising that in order to remain in business and compete with the likes of Amazon that bookshops have needed to diversify. One bookshop, sold notebooks and whilst I did not need any more, I could not resist this one, shown here. This was the last one the shop had and I wondered immediately if there were other designs and sizes.
Each notebook comes with a small History of Tartan insert and about the specifics of Commonplace notebooks. There is also a card about the specific Tartan.
The notebooks are available in two sizes, the pocket size and a large size, both are the same sizes as Moleskine. They are in a combination – the page on the left is plain and the page on the right is lined. Moleskine do the same combination, with the overall size is between the pocket and large. There is a insert pocket in the back. The paper is 80 gsm and there are 8 perforated pages at the back. Whilst the Tartan is depicting Scotland, the notebooks are made in China!
I also picked up a book that had been sitting on my to read list for over a year. It was reduced, in the same bookshop, so I went ahead and bought it. I did pick up one other book whilst I was away, but more on that later this week.