The Baron Fig Confidant notebook started out on Kickstarter, and is today available to buy for just $16 – $4 less than the original price. I have one here on the desk, laying open at a fresh two-page spread without anything to weigh the pages down and stop the book from closing (that’s a Baron Fig feature by the way).
This isn’t a review – that’ll come later when I’ve filled the book with words and doodles. I just thought you’d like to know you can buy one, becasue it’s a pretty amazing notebook. In short, Moleskine can go suck it.
The Baron Fig is a pale gray, cloth-covered book with stitch binding, a cotton bookmark, 192 thick, acid-free pages (12 of which are perforated to make tearing them out easier) and a slightly wider, squarer page than you’re used to.
But it gets better.
My favorite part is the stay-open pages, which means you don’t have to balance coffee cups and iPhone on the corners to keep it from closing. My next favorite part is the wide pages, which are better than the usual narrow sheets in the same way the iPad is better than Android’s tall, wide-screen screens.
And then there’s the page markings. You can pick ruled if you still can’t write straight even though you’re an adult now, or you can choose blank (my default choice). But there’s a new option, called dot grid. This is what it sounds like, a grid of dots in pale gray that can be used as a guide for writing or sketching, but can also be ignored if you don’t need them.
The design is as simple as can be, but no simpler. It is, as I wrote in my first post on the Baron Fig, the paper notebook Apple would make, and it’s cheap enough (cheaper than the equivalent Moleskine) that you can fill it without getting all precious about what goes in there.
I just tried to order five of the things (the store went live yesterday), but the only shipping option so far is to the U.S. A shame, but I’m sure this’ll be fixed in the future.
Source: Baron Fig