Friday, January 4, 2013


Jonathan Edwards made his own paper notebooks by sewing or stitching papers together. This method is still available. You can even bind your own notebooks, if you are so inclined.

But I recently came across a system that allows you to do this in a much more effective way. It's called Atoma and consists of plastic rings with protruding etches and paper with special (t-shaped) holes. It looks interesting, and if I did not already have more paper notebooks than I am likely to fill in a life-time, I would be interested.

One drawback: the original version of the system cannot be bought in the U.S. But there are alternatives, the Myndology® notebook system (available at Amazon), Levenger Circa, and Arc by Staples, just to name some. So, if you have the need to make your own paper notebooks, you can easily satisfy it.

The system is not without its critics, however. Many people complain that the pages come loose and fall out after repeated use. Edwards complained about this problem in his system as well. But it just won't happen with electronic notebooks.


Gunther said...

Three months of daily use won't mean much but so far the binding system of my Atoma notebook hasn't failed. The pages, quite a lot of them moved (and some replaced), still fit properly and don't come loose.

Unrelated: Do you know the book "Book Was There" by Andrew Piper? Chapter 4, "Of Note", matches the topic of your blog.

MK said...

Thanks for the re-assurance about the notebooks.

I have heard about the Piper book, but I have not seen it.

MK said...

I have now read the book and even posted about it. See The Original of Laura.