A notebook notepad, writing pad, drawing pad, legal pad is a small book or binder of paper pages, often ruled, used for purposes such as recording notes or memoranda, writing, drawing, or scrapbooking1234
- 1 Paper notebooks
- 2 Legal pad
- 3 Binding and cover
- 4 Preprinting
- 5 Uses
- 6 Possible electronic successors
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Paper notebookseditNotebooks for sale at a department store
Paper notebooks can be distinguished by:
- Form factor size and weight
- Binding and cover material including printing and graphics
- Pre-printed material on writing surfaces lines, graphics, text
According to a legend, Thomas W Holley of Holyoke, Massachusetts, invented the legal pad around the year 1888 when he innovated the idea to collect all the sortings, various sort of substandard paper scraps from various factories, and stitch them together in order to sell them as pads at an affordable and fair price In about 1900, the latter then evolved into the modern legal pad when a local judge requested for a margin to be drawn on the left side of the paper This was the first legal pad5
In 1902, JA Birchall of Birchalls, a Launceston, Tasmania-based stationery shop, decided that the cumbersome method of selling writing paper in folded stacks of "quires" four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves was inefficient As a solution, he glued together a stack of halved sheets of paper, supported by a sheet of cardboard, creating what he called the "Silver City Writing Tablet"67
The only technical requirement for this type of stationery to be considered a true "legal pad" is that it must have margins of 125 inches 317 centimeters from the left edge of legal pad Here, the margin, also known as down lines,8 is room used to write notes or comments Legal pads usually have a gum binding at the top as opposed to a spiral or stitched binding
Binding and coveredit
Principal types of binding are padding, perfect, spiral, comb, sewn, clasp, disc, and pressure, some of which can be combined Binding methods can affect whether a notebook can lie flat when open and whether the pages are likely to remain attached The cover material is usually distinct from the writing surface material, more durable, more decorative, and more firmly attached It also is stiffer than the pages, even taken together Cover materials should not contribute to damage or discomfort
It is frequently cheaper to purchase notebooks that are spiral-bound, meaning that a spiral of wire is looped through large perforations at the top or side of the page Other bound notebooks are available that use glue to hold the pages together; this process is "padding"9 Today, it is common for pages in such notebooks to include a thin line of perforations that make it easier to tear out the page Spiral-bound pages can be torn out, but frequently leave thin scraggly strips from the small amount of paper that is within the spiral, as well as an uneven rip along the top of the torn-out page Hard-bound notebooks include a sewn spine, and the pages are not easily removed Some styles of sewn bindings allow pages to open flat, while others cause the pages to drape
Variations of notebooks that allow pages to be added, removed, and replaced are bound by rings, rods, or discs In each of these systems, the pages are modified with perforations that facilitate the specific binding mechanism's ability to secure them Ring-bound and rod-bound notebooks secure their contents by threading perforated pages around straight or curved prongs In the open position, the pages can be removed and rearranged In the closed position, the pages are kept in order Disc-bound notebooks remove the open or closed operation by modifying the pages themselves A page perforated for a disc-bound binding system contains a row of teeth along the side edge of the page that grip onto the outside raised perimeter of individual discs
Notebooks used for drawing and scrapbooking are usually blank Notebooks for writing usually have some kind of printing on the writing material, if only lines to align writing or facilitate certain kinds of drawing Inventor's notebooks have page numbers preprinted to support priority claims They may be considered as grey literature Many notebooks have graphic decorations Personal organizers can have various kinds of preprinted pages
UseseditNotes in a notebook
Artists often use large notebooks, which include wide spaces of blank paper appropriate for drawing Lawyers use rather large notebooks known as legal pads that contain lined paper often yellow and are appropriate for use on tables and desks These horizontal lines or "rules" are sometimes classified according to their space apart with "wide rule" the farthest, "college rule" closer, "legal rule" slightly closer and "narrow rule" closest, allowing more lines of text per page When sewn into a pasteboard backing, these may be called composition books, or in smaller signatures may be called "blue books" or exam books and used for essay exams
In contrast, journalists prefer small, hand-held notebooks for portability reporters' notebooks, and sometimes use shorthand when taking notes Scientists and other researchers use lab notebooks to document their experiments The pages in lab notebooks are sometimes graph paper to plot data Police officers are required to write notes on what they observe, using a police notebook Land surveyors commonly record field notes in durable, hard-bound notebooks called "field books"
Students take notes in notebooks, and studies suggest that the act of writing as opposed to typing improves learning10
Notebook pages can be recycled via standard paper recycling Recycled notebooks are available, differing in recycled percentage and paper quality
Possible electronic successorsedit
Since the late 20th century, many attempts have been made to integrate the simplicity of a notebook with the editing, searching, and communication capacities of computers through the development of note taking software Laptop computers began to be called notebooks when they reached a small size in the 1990s, but they did not have any special note-taking ability Personal digital assistants PDAs came next, integrating small liquid crystal displays with a touch-sensitive layer to input graphics and written text Tablet PCs are larger and provide more writing and navigation space
Digital paper combines the simplicity of a traditional pen and notebook with digital storage and interactivity By printing an invisible dot pattern on the notebook paper and using a pen with a built in infrared camera the written text can be transferred to a laptop, mobile phone or backoffice for storage and processing
- Desk pad
- Exercise book
- Grey literature
- Palm leaf manuscript
- Writing material
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Notebooks|
- ^ "A book of or for notes", Retrieved 16 November 2010
- ^ "1 A book of blank pages for notes" Retrieved 16 November 2010
- ^ "A pad or tablet of usually lined paper", Retrieved 16 November 2010
- ^ "Beyond the Hills Hoist" Sydney Morning Herald 27 January 2005
- ^ Madeleine Brand "The History of the Legal Pad" National Public Radio Retrieved 26 July 2010
- ^ Frick, Erin 7 March 2014 "10 Aussie inventions that make your life easier" Australian Geographic Retrieved 27 July 2016
- ^ Carla Howarth 6 January 2017 "End of an era as 173yo Birchalls book store to close" Australian Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 6 January 2017
- ^ David Pescovitz, 19 September 2006 Inventing the yellow legal pad "The legal pad's margins, also called down lines, are drawn 125 inches from the left edge of the page This is the only requirement for a pad to qualify as a legal pad, though the iconic version has yellow paper, blue lines, and a red gummed top Holley added the ruling that defined the legal pad in the early 1900s at the request of a local judge who was looking for space to comment on his own notes", Retrieved 9 November 2010
- ^ Adhesive Binding
- ^ Mueller, Pam A; Oppenheimer, Daniel M 23 April 2014 "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking" Psychological Science 25: 1159–1168 doi:101177/0956797614524581 Retrieved 25 April 2014
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