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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

We Forget All Too Soon the Things We Thought We Could Never Forget

March 16th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

Excerpts from and comments on Joan Didion’s essay “On Keeping a Notebook”, by Maria Popova.

Why did I write it down? In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened? Did any of it? Why do I keep a notebook at all? It is easy to deceive oneself on all those scores. The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

The 2013 Tournament of Books

March 15th, 2013 by Jim Coudal

Field Notes is proud to be a sponsor of the Ninth Annual Tournament of Books over at The Morning News.

Our pocket-sized memo books are perfect for recording notes, quotes and sketches while you make your way through all 16 books. They also serve as a handy way to keep track of your Rooster picks during all five rounds of matches.

Buy anything in the Field Notes Shop while the tourney is on and be sure to enter coupon code ROOSTER before you check out (Coupon expires April 1, 2013). Doing so will score you a special red, letterpressed memo book stamped with the ToB Rooster and bound with our heavy duty Field Notes Band of Rubber.

We hope you enjoy the 2013 Tournament of Books!

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Our Contract with America
(and Everywhere Else for that Matter)

November 4th, 2012 by Jim Coudal

We don’t send notes to our email subscribers very often but when we do it’s for one of two reasons.

1. The people on our list always get first crack new products before we offer them up for sale on the site or anywhere else. This includes our seasonal limited-editions (like the Winter release which will be announced in a couple weeks) and all other new product launches.

2. We won’t make an offer anywhere else that we don’t also make to our list, so you don’t have to worry about missing a discount or freebie if you’re a subscriber.

That’s pretty much it. Sign up over on the left there, just enter your email address and hit “enter.” It goes without saying we’ll guard your privacy like it was our own. If you decide to quit the list later you can just click an “unsubscribe” link in a mail and you’re out. We’re very good about that.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Maybe Someday

February 24th, 2012 by Bryan Bedell


What the Field Notes Brand Corporate Grain Elevator would look like, if there ever were such a thing. From the LoC archives.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Take Care of Your Little Notebook

November 2nd, 2011 by Jim Coudal

Sound advice from Charles Simic, from the New York Review of Books blog.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

April 8th, 2011 by Jim Coudal

Since we started our limited-edition, quarterly runs of COLORS memo books, we have tried to up the ante with each release. It’s going to be difficult to top what we’ve done over the last year, but we’re up for and eager for the challenge.

If you had signed up as a COLORS subscriber around this time a year ago, you would have received two 3-Packs of the states of your choosing from our County Fair edition, along with two 3-Packs of our original Graph Paper books (and a handful of goodies, per usual). That was followed up in the fall with two 3-Packs of the sinister, immensely popular, black-on-black Raven’s Wing edition, which sold out so quickly that individual orders were available for less than 24 hours. Come winter, we released Balsam Fir, and subscribers received two 3-Packs of the Olive memo books with white, high-gloss foil-stamped lettering, along with a gift envelope and gift card to mail one 3-Pack to a note-taking friend for the holidays. Most recently, subscribers found two packs of the Dry Transfer _______ Edition in their mailboxes. A fun nod to the glory days of graphic design, this edition comes with a sheet of rub-on alphabets so you can add your own title to the books.

In total over the last year, COLORS subscribers from have received 10 3-Packs of memo books, a special-edition calendar, lots of pens, pencils, buttons, bands of rubber, and all assortment of goodies in between, plus all shipping to anywhere as well as the piece of mind in knowing that their limited-edition COLORS books would arrive while they were immediately selling out for everyone else. Case in point: our latest, the Dry Transfer ________ Edition, is now sold out.

The only way to get the Dry Transfer _______ Edition now, and to be certain you don’t miss any of what we have cooked up for the next year (you’re going to flip for this summer’s), is through a new COLORS subscription. Whaddya say?

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

50 Two-Letter Codes, 50 Editions

March 10th, 2011 by Bryan Bedell


We know from experience, after shipping thousands of Field Notes County Fair Memo Books to everywhere, that most of the USPS state abbreviations are easy. But darned if we don’t have to look up the “M” states every time. You could have that information and a ton more state-specific data, right at the tip of your fingers if you bought the special Box Set of All Fifty States. Shipping now.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

The Farmer. The Salesman. The Minister. The Boy Scout. The Doctor. The Architect. The Naturalist. The Student.

August 27th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook. By Brett & Kate McKay. Essential reading and the comment-thread is great too.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

The List

April 30th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

We don’t mail that often but when we do there’s always an email-only offer, a first look at a new product or first crack at a limited-edition included. To sign up just add your address on the left. There are less than 30 COLORS Subscriptions starting with “Packet of Sunshine” still available. Need more convincing? We wrote this in a mailing earlier this week…

If you need another reason to purchase Colors, all we can offer is this mysterious one: We’re working on the SUMMER edition right now and it’s our most ambitious and awesome one yet. We’d like to tell you more about it but that would spoil all the fun.

Let’s just say that in farmhouses all across America, fresh-faced girls and boys are getting up at the crack of dawn every day to help us make it happen.

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Field Notes Public Service Announcement:

Field Notes Public Service Announcement No.03

April 15th, 2010 by Aaron


That’s right, folks. All the styles that matter: Graph, Ruled and Plain.And to jumpstart your latest memo book, we’ve compiled a rather loose list of “Practical Applications” for whatever your flavor of line might be.

GRAPH: Spatial calculations, pixelated icon designs, frenzied matches of Tic-Tac-Toe and that perfect design of the deck you’ve always wanted to “add on” to the homestead.

RULED: Penmanship practice, carefully crafted lyrics, a missive pleading for parole, passive aggressive public notices, a lover’s note folded into some tabbed triangle thingie and maniacal lists of whatever you can dream up worth listing.

PLAIN: Freehand drawings, waiting room doodles, tripped-out mind-expanding-page-filling works of psychedelia and maybe even a loving portrait of your flea-bit pet.

There you go. Now get to work! As always, we thank you for believing in Field Notes brand products.

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