Yamamoto Ro-Biki (GIVEAWAY)

Back in January (EEESH where has the year gone?) I reviewed Yamamoto’s Ro-Biki notebooks, which are fun Traveler-sized notebooks made of recycled materials. Recently, Yamamoto generously sent us two notebooks, the Topographical map series and the Basic Reticle Dot Series for giveaway! (One lucky winner will win both plus some swag from me.)


TO ENTER: Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite size notebook is! It makes reading through entries more interesting for me, okay? One entry per person.

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FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Friday, December 6, 2019. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Monday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 10 days, I will draw a new winner. Shipping via USPS first class/Prioirty Mail is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US and APO/AFO only, sorry.


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  1. Normally I use A5 or Travelers regular size. But my collection of as yet unused notebooks, because who can resist trying something new, contains a variety of sizes.

  2. I … can’t choose. I alternate between A5 and regular Travelers size for my writing-memory-keeping journal, and I guess it’s a tie between them for my favorite. But I use an A6 Stalogy for a knitting notebook and general notes and things and I really love the smaller size. And I always have a Field Notes in my wallet.

  3. Pocket size, like Field Notes size or similar. I like having a notebook on my person and don’t carry a bag so Field Notes, Rosetta, Write, Doane, etc pocket size are my jam.

  4. For taking notes at work, I like an A5 – lots of room to write, but not huge.

    For personal use, I like an A6 or a personal size (that fits in my Filofax) because it is more portable and I don’t feel bogged down with a bigger notebook.

  5. I usually prefer A5 size notebooks, but I just switched to an oddly oblong shape purse so I could see the traveller’s size being beneficial!

  6. It will depend on what I’m doing. I’ve been using an A5 for my journaling, passport and pocket for notes and quick sketches. However, I made the decision this Fall to switch my journaling to a traveler’s size to start in 2020, and did a lot of research to get the right cover and the inserts. LOL. Would love to try these.
    Thank you!

  7. My favorite size of notebook is the A6 (not to be confused with Asics which is a show, note a notebook!). Mostly because it is easy to carry around but still big enough to write something meaningful on each page (or you could draw a picture of an Asics on an A6).

  8. My pocket journal is a Moleskine Volant, 3.5 x 5.5. I like the Volant because it has some perforated pages, so I can write a note for someone then tear it from the journal cleanly.

    For travel, I carry a Apica Premium C.D. Notebook Hardcover, A5, blank.

  9. At the moment I have 2 favorites – the Rhodiarama A5 (in various colors) and a Field Notes (especially fond of the National Parks series).

  10. I’ve been liking the field notes size lately. Very easy to just stick in a bag or pouch. Of course that’s just for scribbling down ideas, I like something bigger when I want to scrapbook or common place book or something.

  11. For years my favorite size has been passport or A6 because it travels so easily. Then I tried an original size TN on a lark and I was hooked! Hooked hard! Not too big and not too small!

  12. This is kind of my first year understanding my notebook obsession and I signed up for a field notes subscription (love that size). And I am transitioning my daily planner needs into a hobonichi weeks for 2020. (Not sure of the name of that size)

  13. My favorite sizes are a6 or Franklin Planner’s compact size. I’m kind of weird about proportions – they have to be more boxy than narrow! And lines are important to me, too, no bigger spaced than ‘college ruled’!

  14. My tastes have really changed the past couple of years. I mostly prefer A5 now, and the occasional B6. Not that long ago notebooks had to be at least letter-size (8.5×11”). After that, then I hoarded everything B5.

    What’s changed is the size of my handwriting. I started writing long-form fiction by hand a few years back, and as I got more accustomed to the process, the more compact my letterforms grew. It sped everything up. I now fit about as many words on a page of A5 paper as I used to put on a piece of standard letter lined paper. (It also means I needed to move to fine and extra-fine pens—another big change.)

  15. I tend to stick with the A5 size as my primary notebook – although I usually have three notebooks going at a given time for various tasks and each one is a different size.

  16. My favorite notebook size is B5! Just larger than A5 which makes it the perfect one-size-fits-all. I only have one B5 but I’d love a few more…

  17. A5 tends to be the most common ones I use, as they are the normal, easy to find ones here (small town, not much selection for when I go shopping

  18. I don’t have a favorite, depends and what and where, outdoors a little sturdier and with a heavy cover to protect my Deathless Prose (my sainted wife is snickering, which looks funny on a 70 year old nurse-midwife) but she has been granted Sainthood, for living with me. How bad can it be, my mother sent her a sympathy card when we cot married, Thanks for what you do to help a pen fanatic and someone who is manic ++++ about inks esp the bungubox inks, special they are

  19. A6 is my favorite: large enough to write or draw something substantian, yet small enough for a daily carry. And my all time favorite in this category is the Hobonichi Techo, especially since the paper can withstand almost anything i use on it, from fountain pen to watercolors.

  20. Love the full Traveler size. I have dragged my TN cover literally across the globe with me, and the format has become part of my daily DNA. These would look cool as my next trip develops. Poland, Western Australia, and deep into academic research across the open spaces and the in-betweens.

  21. I like A5 the best as it gives me some page space, but I do miss how my A6 fit in the front pocket of my purse…

  22. I prefer B5 (179mm x 252mm — 7×10[ish]) since most of my writing is for university and its nearest to composition notebook size. I enjoy using Apica (CD15 or 6A10). I do use A5 notebooks for journal entries but feel a bit constrained with the smaller size.

    I most prefer a narrow ruling size. 5mm dot grid or 6-6.5mm line ruling is best for me. I tend to write small-ish.

  23. I use A5s for most everything, but have started relying on my Travelers Notebook size books to hold the important things I have to carry with me at all times (like passwords & calendar).

  24. I rotate between A5 and A6 size, depending on what I am working on. I’ve been really into the A6 size lately as it is just so portable and takes up less space in my bag. But I do enjoy A5 as it just has more space for thoughts and there seem to be more cover options for that size compared to A6.

    That being said: pretty much any notebook is a good notebook.

  25. I don’t have a particular size, but I like larger notebooks. Sometimes, the page is so important that I need to remove it from the notebook and keep it with other papers. The larger the notebook, the easier it is to keep those critical pages with the other documents and other thoughts it pertains to…

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