Hardcover or Softcover Journals / Notebooks - Which one you prefer?

Journals and notebooks are everyday use either for writing contemporary and educative information or for keeping personal private information. Journals and notebooks are used at home, offices, schools e.t.c, at any point in time to record and keep vital information. Notebooks are particularly important for students either at the elementary level or college students.



Hard Cover and Soft Cover Journals/Notebooks

Hardcover journals and notebooks are journals and notebooks which have hard covers. They are produced for longevity and to overcome harsh conditions without getting damaged. They are of different binding designs such as glue binding, thread binding and spiral binding. They are heavier than the soft cover journals and soft cover notebooks because the cover is made from thick materials.
Soft cover journals and soft cover notebooks are journals and notebooks with light or paper covers. They have very light paper cover that can be easily torn apart. They are easily foldable and carry about.



Advantages of Hard Cover Journals/Notebooks


  1. Durability – Hardcover journals are known for durability. They can last long for years without getting rumpled or torn apart. The hardcover shields the internal paper pages and prevents them from external damages. They perfectly fit into the bookshelf without any worries of decomposing or the pages changing their coloration. They are an ideal use for students who use it every day because the hardback prevents dirt and rough-handling.
  2. Great for Long-term purposes – If you want to keep a journal or notebook for long term, then the ones with hardcovers is what you should go for. They are great for long-term purposes as they can stand the test of time.
  3.  Easier to write on – Most people find journals and notebooks with hardcovers more easier to write on than the ones with soft cover, and this is true because you can easily write on them even when standing. You don’t need an external flat surface to place it on before you can write on them. So even on the go, you can write down anything you want to write.

Disadvantages of Hard Cover Journals/Notebooks

  1. More Expensive – Journals and notebooks with hardcover are generally more expensive than the ones with softcovers. So you will need to spend more money when you buy a journal with hard cover.
  2. More difficult to read – Most people find journals and notebooks with soft cover easier to read than journals with hardcover. This is not a known fact but according to reviews, more people agreed to find journals with softcover much easier to read than journals with hardcover.
  3. Difficult to move About – Journals and notebooks with hardcovers are quite heavy and not very comfortable to move about. If you have about 2 to 3 journals or notebooks with hardcovers in your bag you will find it very uncomfortable to move about because of the weight. It is also not foldable so you can easily hold it in your hand or keep it in your pocket.

Advantages of Softcover Journals/Notebooks

  1. Less Expensive – The softcover journals and softcover notebooks are generally less expensive than the hard cover types. If you don’t have a high budget, then it is best you buy the ones with soft covers that your budget can afford.
  2. They don’t Occupy Space – Journals and notebooks with soft cover are not very thick like the ones with hard cover so they easily fit into your bag. They don’t occupy so much space which is an added advantage.
  3. They are not heavy – Journals and notebooks with soft covers are not as heavy as the hard cover types and this makes them easy to carry about. This is especially beneficial to students who go to classes every day because they will need to move their books to and fro from their houses or hostels. Heavy books are very uncomfortable to move about which makes books with soft cover a better option. 

Disadvantages of Soft Cover Journals/Notebooks

  1. Does not Last Long – Journals and notebooks with softcovers generally don’t last long like the ones with hardcovers. They can get easily rumpled and torn apart. They can also lose texture with time and most time also changes paper coloration.
  2. Not Easy to Write on – Journals and notebooks without hard covers are difficult to write on unless you have a flat surface to place them on before writing. It is difficult to write on them standing up or at a place where there is no table. You may be walking down the street and need to write down an important information, writing on a journal with soft cover becomes difficult.
  3. Not ideal for Long-term purposes – If you want to keep information for long-term, you shouldn’t use a journal or notebook with softcover because it might get damaged before you know it. The light paper cover is not thick enough to shield the paper pages inside from external harsh weather conditions. It can lose it texture when it comes in contact with sunlight and get weak or even start to decay in very low weather conditions.

Debossing and Silk Screen Customization on Notebooks as the perfect corporate gifts


Debossing and Silk screen customization are the different ways to customize your gifts to make them very ideal for corporate purposes. Corporate gifts should have a unique brand touch which is why it is necessary to customize them. What is the difference between Debossed notebooks and Silk Screen customized notebooks?


Debossed customized notebooks are notebooks that the company name and logo are imprinted in the cover of the notebook. The brand or the logo is imprinted inside the cover of the notebook. Debossed can’t be scratched off when rubbed against a hard surface.
Silk Screen customized notebooks are notebooks that the company name and logo are imprinted on the cover of the notebook. Silk Screen can be shiny looking or in different colors and styles imprinted on the cover of the notebook. They can be scratched off when rubbed against a hard surface like a rough wall. 

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