Counsel's notebook

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[edit] Description

A4 or foolscap sized notebook that is staple bound along the left edge with a thin card cover that is usually blue. The pages inside are ruled, without margin, and perforated along the left hand edge for easy removal. Used in the UK (I've also seen them used in Hong Kong) by the legal proffession.

Unlike the Legal Pads in the States, these are not widely used by the general public, but are available from specialist or online stationers.

[edit] Pros

  • The paper is usually of good quality and can handle a fountain pen easily.
  • Left binding and covers means that extra papers can be carried around in the notebook.
  • Left binding makes it convenient to write on both sides of the paper.
  • Perforated pages can be torn out easily and filed.

[edit] Cons

  • Soft binding means that a support is usually required when writing.
  • Once torn out, the paper is a little narrower than standard A4.
  • Not widely available in stationers.

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