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Cheap Notebook Cover

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This notebook cover is cheap and when you first pick it up it does have a sort of cheap feeling because it is made of plastic and it's kinda thin. But then it is only meant to protect a book from spills and dirt and general handling, much like the dust jacket of a novel. To that end it does its job well, is actually pretty strong, and because it is thin it becomes kind of a "skin". The design and material makes perfect sense once it's on the notebook.

But what I like about it besides its protective function is that it can completely change a notebook's look. You can make your own insert, put it in the cover and put the cover on the notebook. As you can see from the pics, the orange journal can be red or white or perhaps something more exotic via your own design. Or put a picture in it. Or maybe there are times when you want your fancy notebook to travel incognito. Anything is possible!

The question is, though, will it fit your notebook? We have two sizes:


  1. A5 - Actual cover dimensions are ~212x312mm. Will fit a standard A5-size book with a cover trimmed flush with the paper, so the notebook's cover has to measure 148mm x 210mm. The spine can be up to 15mm thick. That's a total "wrap" width (as if the cover was lying open flat on a table) of 311mm, or 148+148+15 = 311. I definitely would not try to use it with a thicker notebook - the one you see in the pics (Seven Seas Tomoe River journal) just happened to be a perfect fit. It will also fit the Life, Midori and Apica A5 notebooks, which are a bit thinner (about 10mm) so there will be some overhang. But I don't think it's a big deal.
  2. A6 - for a standard A6-size "Japanese Novel" as well as the A6 Hobonichi Techo. The covers' total inside dimensions ares 231x157mm, while the A6 Hobo has a wrap width of 225mm (105+105+15=225) and is 149mm tall - making this cover almost a perfect fit for the Hobo.
  3. B5 - Actual cover dimensions are 255x374mm. Will fit a standard B5 (250x176mm) notebook with a cover trimmed flush with the paper, so the notebook's cover has to measure 250x176mm with a maximum thickness of  ~15mm. That's a total "wrap" of ~370mm.


One of the pics also shows a sheet of blotter paper tucked into the front flap. Very handy.

Please note that the A5 and B5 size is clear plastic, while the A6 size is a "frosted" plastic.


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  1. Perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2018

    This cover may be considered cheap, but it is perfect. Perfect fit and sturdy enough. Not too stiff, good bend and flexibility to accommodate the notebook itself.

  2. Bargain! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2018

    Great for price point. Not only use for archiving notebooks on my shelf. The A5 size fits my paperback books.

  3. Flimsy - Broke on First Day 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Mar 2018

    These would be nice if they were thicker, but mine started to tear on the sides (seams) after.the first day of use. I only had a slim notebook in it and had it in a travelers journal so it wasn't even exposed.

  4. works with Stalogy journal 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Mar 2018

    Bought this to cover my Stalogy journal to keep it safe while in my purse. Works perfectly!

  5. Suits well, inexpensive 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jan 2018

    Got one for my Seven seas. Good cover with durable (as it possible for plastic) edges, bends well.
    However, keep in mind that you couldn’t carry around same–size ink blotter between cover and endpaper without wearing out the ink blotter. I solve this problem by ordering a B6 ink blotter for using with an A5 Seven Seas.

  6. Surprisingly not cheap, despite the name and inexpensive price 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jan 2018

    This is a no-brainer add-on to any Seven Seas add-on journal. Adds a layer of protection without any weight or bulk, unlike a fancy-schmancy leather cover. Quality is surprisingly good despite the name. Folks into artsy stuff could easily put some decorative paper collage-y thing underneath, but those of us who do not own a single roll of washi tape and were surprised to learn there was something actually called "scrapbooking paper" will be pleased to know that the unadorned Seven Seas covers look quite respectable without any adornment.

  7. Great A5 Cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jan 2018

    This is the perfect cover for the A5 sized Seven Sea Writer and the only regret that I have is I waited too long to get it! I was skeptical at first but soon came to the point that I need a cover as I like this notebook so much! The cover makes the journal looks perfect and do not be cheated by "cheap" as this is the great cover that works perfect with the journal

  8. works great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2018

    It fits my Hobonichi cousin perfectly!

  9. Well-Designed and Inexpensive A5 Cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2017

    This is a very well-designed cover for the Seven Seas A5-sized journals. My Crossfields fit snuggly in the cover, but I didn't have to struggle too much to get the journal inside the sleeves. Both the front and back sleeves have tabs that can be used as bookmarks. Since it's transparent, you can slide in your own paper or fabric to spruce it up if you want. I also have the Herz leather cover. I'm guessing the Herz cover will last longer because it's leather whereas plastic tends to crack over time in my experience. But for the price you pay, this plastic A5 cover is a 5-star product.

  10. Its called cheap I call it great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Oct 2017

    I wasn't expecting much from this cover when I ordered it, but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived. I purchased a cover for one of my Writers and the B6. As always the shipping was super fast and excellently packaged.

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