To start a new year and a new decade of being alive, I bought a Ciak journal from Borders. I feel like somewhat of a Moleskine traitor.
It’s a gorgeous 5×7″ black leather (not oilcloth like Moleskine) lined blank book. It’s got a horizontal elastic around its middle, rather than the Moleskine’s vertical on the open edge. I love the feel of the very soft leather, and the creamy pages are great. The binding has a round edge, and it lays flat.
They’re available in a great number of sizes, colors, and paper styles – color, lined, blank – in the US at Borders Books and online at jennibick.com. The official site is helpful for information only.
I certainly recommend them to anyone who likes a Moleskine, but wants more pages per book (about twice that of the Moleskine) or prefers leather. Enjoy!