Saturday, November 29, 2008

Review: Myndology Disc Bound Notebooks

Myndology Disc Bound

Myndology Disc Bound journals and notepads, shown with available refills.

This is my first time experiencing a disc bound book. The paper is punched in such a way that allows you to remove pages from the book and re-position them wherever you like. Since all their disc bound products are punched with the same spacing, it will allow you to add the smaller memo pages to the larger books. It's a fantastic idea.

The video below shows how the disc system works.

Myndology Disc Bound

"Bare. Just the essentials. Recycled paper. Soy ink. Clean energy. Acid-free. The new environmentally friendly line of disc-bounds. Free your mind. Jot down your notes. Feel good about doing your part. Cleaner earth. Clearer thoughts."

The Bare paper did not bleed or feather with any tested fountain pen inks. It's very smooth (not shiny) and a joy to write on. Tested fountain pen nibs wrote true to size on the paper in both journals.

I "love" the rounded corners. Rounded corners are much more comfortable when you reach the end of a page.

I am quite fond of the college ruling on this page. (6mm line width) I love the margins at the top and side of the page. Great for making notes after the fact. Side margin allows me to use those little Post-It flags without sticking them over top of what I've written. Top right hand corner of the page has a line for the date or whatever info you wish to put there.

As I was testing these, I found that it was easiest to write on them with the cover folded back. Even with the flexible cover, I found them extremely comfortable to write on an non-flat surface, like my knee. Could easily write on it on either side.

Open the book on a flat surface, and it's difficult to write on the left side because your hand runs into the discs. No problem, just fold the cover back. The discs are rounded and when you reach the edge of the page, your hand smoothly runs over the discs. (Assuming the book has at least as much paper in it that it came with)

6.5" x 8.5", 60 college-ruled sheets.
Disc size: 5/8 inch

Single: $9.50

"Be good to the planet. It's been good to you. Re-use your Bare notebooks Save money. Save the earth."

Refill pricing:

Bare Journal Ruled: $6.00
Bare Journal Sketch/Blank: $6.00
Bare Memo Blank: $3.00

Myndology Disc Bound

No bleeding with this little guy, but the paper surface felt different, scratchy, not smooth like the lined paper in the journal. At this moment, I am unsure if the plain paper in the memo book is the same as the plain paper in the journal.

3" x 4", 60 blank sheets.
Disc size: 5/8 inch

Single: $5.00

Myndology Disc Bound

This is the regular Myndology journal and note pad. The paper is white rather than cream in the Bare journal. (I like the cream better.)

Myndology Disc Bound

"Notebook page full? Need a to-do? A note? A page marker? Don't lose it. Snap one of these into any of the Disc Bounds for quick and easy reference. Or use it by itself. Vocabulary study. Memorization. Doodling. E-mail addresses. Versatile. For big thinkers."

2" x 3", 50 un-ruled white sheets.
Disc size: 3/4 inch

Single: $2.50

"Keep a journal. Take notes in a meeting. Write down what's important. Make your list. Not too big and not too small. Fits in your briefcase. Never say "I should have written that down." Write it. Save it. Have it. That's smart."

6.5" x 8.5", 72 white college-ruled sheets.
Disc size: 5/8 inch

Single: $7.00

"Be good to the planet. Keep it Green. Don't throw away your used Myndology notebooks. Refill them with our paper refills. It saves you money. It's simple. It's good thinking."

Refill Pricing:

Note: $1.50
Index: $2.25
Journal Ruled: $4.00
Journal Graph: $4.00
Journal Blank: $4.00
Letter Ruled: $4.75
Letter Graph: $4.75
Letter Blank: $4.75

Myndology Disc Bound

There was some minimal bleeding (but no feathering) on the white paper. I only had the lined to test, but it also comes in plain & graph. Paper reminds me of Apica, but not as shiny. The paper in the small note pad did not bleed or feather at all.

I found that the discs in both journals allowed slightly less freedom of movement than in a spiral bound book as you open or close the book or turn a page. Not a big deal, but just wanted to make note of it.

Myndology Disc Bound

"Where are your products made?

All of our products are made in the USA, with a few items (like the standard Disc Bound Covers and discs) imported from Belgium. However, 100% of the paper is manufactured in the USA and 100% of the assembly is done in the USA."

Myndology Disc Bound

In closing, I am fairly well excited about this product. While I regularly keep a hard back bound journal, I am always in the middle of several smaller "project" books and I think this concept will be fantastic to use in that way. The ability to move pages around, remove what you no longer need and refill them is fantastic.

I preferred the Bare Journal out of the two because it was more friendly to fountain pen inks, I prefer cream paper, and I like the muted earth tones.

Visit the Myndology Site

Read a great review on the Myndology products here on Strikethru

Circa, Rollabind, and even Myndology paper compatibility

12/20 Update: I have almost filled my Bare with a project I am working on, and last Saturday I gave it a workout being handed back and forth between 2 people to review and rearrange the material. The Bare cover got a little more beat up than I expected. (And we were only working on it for 2 hours...) So much so, that I was wishing that Myndology would sell the plastic covers that I could use in combination with the Bare paper. (Their typical white paper isn't as fountain pen friendly as the Bare.)

Inserting a few refill pages and notes from the smaller note pads, I seemed to quickly push the Bare to it's disc bound limits. I went back to the site hoping to find larger discs for sale, but no such luck. I'm hoping they explore this avenue in the future because I don't want to start another book, I want to keep this project all in one book....


LizB said...

did you find that the pages wanted to pull out as you turned pages? Is the punching system good enough that there's no threat of the paper falling out?

Biffybeans said...

I haven't used it for any real length of time, but I don't get the feeling that the pages will fall out. They seem fairly secure around the discs.

Stephen said...

I really like your review, and also appreciated the short video. "Merging" two notebooks seems like an amazing capability!

This product seems like it would shine even more if one could add one's own pages - but the sold out Myndology hole punch is $145 + shipping!

I'm also curious - a quick Google search tells me there are other disc bound notebooks - Atoma, Rollabind, and more. Do they interoperate, or is each a different standard?

Biffybeans said...

Hi Stephen -

Thanks for the comments on my review. This is my first experience with a disc-bound book, and I think it's a pretty cool idea. Check this link
for compatibility between the other disc bound companies, (Circa & Rollabound) I've heard that the Circa punch will work. :o)

Stephen said...

Thanks for that link! I see the Circa punch is a mere $58 + shipping, so that is a huge difference!

Biffybeans said...

Check Ebay - I've seen the portable punch for even less...

Deirdre Saoirse Moen said...

Finally got around to ordering some Myndology -- I hope I like the paper better than Levenger's Circa.

I love the discbound systems, but the paper quality is lacking in oh so many of them.

I even have a full-size punch.

I simply can't wait for my order to arrive.

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