Common Notebook Sizes
Notebook sizes are the spice of the journal junkie & planner addict lifestyle. If you have a habit of grabbing every bit of stationery and notebook that you come across, you should already be familiar with these sizes. However, if you are new to the planner world ‘B6 sized notebook’ might be a confusing term.
Never fear! Because we have compiled a list of the most common sizes for your reference. If there is a size that you are unsure of, then please feel free to comment below! We will happily look up the information and add it to this notebook sizing FAQ!
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A Series Notebook Sizes Chart
The A Series paper size is known as the ‘International’ paper size to those within the United States. The A-series paper size can be confusing because we often think of the U.S. Legal Letter Size when we think of paper. However, if you look at the below chart, you will see that legal sized paper isn’t standard at all!
Interestingly, even in the U.S. one of the most common notebook sizes is the A5. You can find notebooks of this size in all stores across the world. Approximately ‘half-letter’ sized, it is the perfect size for easy carrying, While still allowing lots of room to write.
As you can see from the chart above, all A-Series paper sizes are derived by folding a single (but huge!) A0 sized paper in half multiple times (to a standard maximum of A10, that is 10 folds total!).
|Size||Width x Height (in)
||Width x Height (mm)
|A0||33.1 x 46.8 in||841 x 1,189 mm|
|A1||23.4 x 33.1 in||594 x 841 mm|
|A2||16.5 x 23.4 in||420 x 594 mm|
|A3||11.7 x 16.5 in||297 x 420 mm|
|A4||8.3 x 11.7 in||210 x 297 mm||Rhodia DotPad Notebook|
|A5||5.8 x 8.3 in||148 x 210 mm||Hobonichi Techo Cousin|
|A6||4.1 x 5.8 in||105 x 148 mm||Stalogy Editor’s Series|
|A7||2.9 x 4.1 in||74 x 105 mm||Life Noble Notebook|
|A8||2.0 x 2.9 in||52 x 74 mm|
|A9||1.5 x 2.0 in||37 x 52 mm|
|A10||1.0 x 1.5 in||26 x 37 mm|
B Series Notebook Sizes Chart
B Series paper sizing was developed in order to provide common/standard paper sizes that were not available within the A Series’ framework. An uncut size of B series paper is referred to as B0 and measures a whopping 39.4 x 55.7 inches / 1000 x 1414 millimeters (3.28 x 4.64 ft / 100 x 141.4 cm) in width x height.
Generally, B series notebooks are larger than A series of the same numeric value in both height and width, but are sized to be a half step between A sizes. For example: A B5 size notebook would be the median size between the A5 notebook sizes and an A4 sheet of paper.
|Size||Width x Height (in)
||Width x Height (mm)
|B0||39.4 x 55.7||1000 x 1414|
|B1||27.8 x 39.4||707 x 1000|
|B2||19.7 x 27.8||500 x 707|
|B3||13.9 x 19.7||353 x 500|
|B4||9.8 x 13.9||250 x 353|
|B5||6.9 x 9.8||176 x 250||Stalogy Editors Series|
|B6||4.9 x 6.9||125 x 176||Nanami Cafe Note B6|
|B7||3.5 x 4.9||88 x 125||Apica CD Notebook|
|B8||2.4 x 3.5||65 x 88|
|B9||1.7 x 2.4||44 x 62|
|B10||1.2 x 1.7||31 x 44|
What About Other Notebook Sizes – Midori, Moleskine Etc
Many companies that produce notebooks will create their own notebook sizes as part of their branding. Moleskine has several different lines of notebooks, and each type of notebook comes with different size options. Depending on the size and type of notebook you select, you could end up with any number of size combinations.
Midori / Traveler’s Notebook sizes can be even trickier. While the Midori notebooks do have an actual standard size (11 cm x 21 cm), some Etsy shop sellers might play with sizing. There are; however, approximately 8 sizes that are generally accepted by fans of the Travelers Notebook:
|Traveler’s Notebook Insert||Size (in) [W x H]
||Size (mm) [W x H]|
|Large/Cahier (a.k.a: Wide, Large, Cahier)||5 x 8.25 in||127 x 210 mm|
|B6||4.9 x 6.9 in||124 x 175 mm|
|Standard (a.k.a: Standard, Regular, Narrow)||4.33 x 8.25 in||110 x 210 mm|
|B6 Slim||4.25 x 7 in||108 x 178|
|A6||4.13 x 5.83 in||105 x 148 mm|
|Personal (a.k.a: Personal, Petite)||3.75 x 6.75 in||95 x 171 mm|
|Field Notes (a.k.a. Pocket)||3.5 x 5.5 in||89 x 140 mm|
|Passport||3.5 x 4.8 in||89 x 122 mm|
How to Find Notebooks in Your Perfect Size
Once you have found your perfect ‘fit’ it really isn’t that hard to find notebooks in the size you love. A5 series notebooks are easy to locate on mass retailer websites such as Amazon. You can even find many different notebook sizes at large chain stores such as Wal*Mart. Hobby Stores such as Michael’s also carry a wide range of larger sketchbooks of varying paper types.
If you are looking for some notebook sizes that are off the beaten path, Etsy is a great resource to look for notebooks. There are many amazing sellers who cut and bind their own notebook sizes or even take custom requests. While Etsy shops might charge more than other stores out there, you can take pride in helping a small business owner with your purchase.