Cool way to index your notebooks

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Or, you can put them on cards and notch the edges…

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Several of the Whole Earth Catalogs (e.g. The Whole Earth Epilogue) use this technique.

pure genius! where has this been all my life!

This is a longstanding bookmaker’s technique, known as an Edge index.

(Sometimes called a “thumb index”, but not to be confusexd with the Thumb index that’s also known as a “cut-in index”, which involves thumb notches actually cut into the page edges.)

See also: Edge-notched cards, the basis of the “knitting-needle computer.”


I fold up a page into a triangle for permanent divisions, but I’m going to start doing this with journals.

Did you know we now have automatic data-processing machines that can accomplish the same feat in a flash? It’s true!

Ha! And I was all proud because I started cutting the corner off of used pages in my log so I could thumb to the current page quickly.

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