“Reporters’ notepads are necessary but obvious. The classic upgrade is the Moleskine, an infamous exercise in clever marketing. The ad copy is ghastly and pretentious, and so are we when we buy them, but they are the best money can buy. They’d better be, too, at a stunning $10 or so per notepad.
Instead, try the Xonex Ru notebooks, available at stationers or direct from a representative. They’re similar to the Moleskine, with an elastic strap, rear-cover pocket, durable covers and plenty of style (both pictured here: snap!). But at half the price, it’s a much easier sell.
Alternatively, of course, just grab a stack of index cards and a bulldog clip.”
WIRED Gadget Lab