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Loose leaf notebooks are generally three-ring binders that hold loose leaf note paper. The binder size varies based upon the country in which the binder is purchased. The loose leaf note paper is usually sold in a package of 100 sheets. Different types of ruled paper are available for loose leaf notebooks.
The binders that house loose leaf notebooks are available in a variety of materials. The most basic style of binder is a cardboard front and back cover with a side spine. The cover and spine may have a plastic coating or vinyl cover. More expensive binders come with thicker covers made of more costly materials such as leather or suede.
There are several standard size loose leaf notebooks. These sizes are based upon the paper used in a given country. Notebooks are available to support A4 paper, letter size paper, legal size paper, and other specialty paper. School children tend to use the most common form of notebook found in each country.
The spines for loose leaf notebooks vary in location based upon the number of rings included within the binder. Generally, a spine runs along the side of a front and back cover if the notebook has three or more rings included within it. A binder with two rings usually has the spine at the top of the notebook. The diameter of the rings within the binder varies.
Paper sold for these loose leaf notebooks generally has holes drilled into it. The form of ruling on the paper varies based upon the intended use of the notebook. Wide ruled paper is the regular choice for school children and those with large handwriting. People with smaller handwriting may choose narrow ruled paper. Ruled paper designed specifically for engineers, accountants, and other professions may be purchased from specialty retailers.
Some loose leaf notebooks may include special features. Student binders may include pockets inside the front and back covers. Professional binders might have pieces of card stock with a tab on one side that allows the binder to be broken into sections. The benefit of sectioning off a binder is that the user may organize pages within the notebook based upon that specific person’s needs.
Binders are often used to store information that will need to be modified or amended over time. Students, professors, and professionals may add and remove pages from their loose leaf notebooks as information changes. This functionality makes the notebook a better choice for many than a spiral bound notebook. A spiral bound notebook may have pages removed; however, it cannot have pages added into it easily.