Monday, December 7, 2009


Michael Roger is now on Twitter!!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ink in Zink

The holiday issue of Zink Magazine includes a profile of Michael Roger Press and its LP products, which Zink credits as "the ultimate stationery for those who like to fuse hip with happening." We love it! Alliterative praise is what we live for and we're so very pleased that Zink digs our stuff.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gallery 5

"I love my journals and am about to start my 40th book," writes Lesley, who sent us this picture of a Michael Roger journal that she decorated.

What a charming book! Lesley did a great job of customizing her product. Every journal owner fills out the inside of his or her book -- but decorating the cover is also an option, and it's a terrific choice for people who want their book to express an aspect of their personality that plain red cloth (or whatever your cover material happens to be) just can't convey. Thanks, Lesley!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mike Stilkey -- Book Art

Check out the book art of Mike Stilkey. He's an LA based artist whose brush strokes can be seen on old book covers and vintage vinyl alike (one in the same when it comes to our vintage LP books!).

Very cool stuff.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ugly Betty, Elegant Binders

Yes!!! We've finally made it to Prime Time!

When ABC's fourth season of Ugly Betty premiers next Thursday the perceptive Michael Roger fan will catch a few familiar items as a new part of the show's set design. Both our orange and white cloth binders will be featured as well as our orange and white cigar style boxes.

She may not be the prettiest but she sure knows how to dress an office!

Sunday, September 27, 2009


As part of our ongoing Moleskine watch, we bring you this hilarious legal warning from the company's Brand Terms.

The gist is that should a fellow get the urge to use the name Moleskine anywhere "in the net," said chap must first shoot Moleskine's corporate lawyers a quick email to confirm that he is, in fact, permitted to use that sacred word. He should know that his request will be "valued carefully," which may or may not mean that he will receive a cash reward for his troubles.

Friday, September 25, 2009

We love you too!

The Woodgrain Decomposition Book is now featured on, the official website for Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Where the Wild Things Are."

Weloveyouso blogs about things that might appeal to the Spike Jonze-loving public -- and as members of that public we're very pleased to have been selected for a shout-out.

Thanks, Molly! Thanks, Spike!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Big in Japan

Michael Roger now has its LP products in one of Tokyo's biggest vinyl department stores. "One of?" That's right, we need to specify -- the Japanese are very fond of vinyl. Our LP notebooks, jacket books, 45 photo albums and mini binders are now available at Dance Music Record, a mecca for fans of old school media: vinyl . . . books. Take a tour here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Specimen Book Art - Georgia Russell

Here's a specimen created by the Georgia Russell, a Scottish artist, who makes good use of old books. She works with jackets, text, and covers alike. Take a look at her work at the England Gallery.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Gallery 4

Marcelo explains his project: "100 Mexican Amate bookmarks as party favors, plus the folder to keep them, for my friends Bud Collins (the tennis reporter) and his wife, Anita."
That's great, Marcelo. We are fans of traditional Amate paintings and you did a terrific job with your favors. We hope the party guests appreciated them!

Whenever customers make interesting art with our products, we're interested in taking a look!
Please send us photos of your work. We'll make it worth your while with a coupon for a discount on your next purchase from us.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Gallery 3

July 7, 2009

Rachels's Corot Sketches
Rachel writes:
"I love your square recycled-paper memory books. . . . I used to take them to the Met on Friday nights and make sketches from my favorite Corots. A wonderful book for wonderful memories."
Thanks, Rachel! Those are lovely! We also remember Friday nights at the Met from our student days.

Gallery 2

May 6, 2009

Beth's Michael Roger Collection (Partial View)
Beth has been a loyal customer since circa 1997. She writes: "
Anyone who cares about fine paper, about the beauty and joy of putting hand to pen has GOT to love your products!"
Thanks, Beth! That's an incredible collection!

Gallery 1

From the Archives:
June 3, 2004
Sarah's books #1-5

Sarah writes, "I love your Jumbo books! I have been making massive, lumpy and wonderful journals with them for close to eight years. I have filled nearly six of them with pictures and writing and scraps and sugar packets and all manner of odd things. When they are full they are so swollen that they can barely lie flat without flopping open and revealing a polaroid or a pressed flower or a rant. I lug them almost everywhere with me in case something interesting happens. They are the first thing I would rescue in the event of a fire and the last thing I would leave behind on a long trip."

Thanks, Sarah! This is one of our favorite letters of all time. Sarah also wrote us about her odyssey in search of an unruled Jumbo at a time when it seemed all the Jumbo
books in the world were ruled.

The Legendary Notebook of Jesus, Einstein, Davenport

The thoughts of an impressionable young man in a bookstore:

Have I heard the legendary legend of the famous Moleskine notebook?

Hmm, says here it's "The Legendary Notebook of Hemingway, Picasso, Chatwin."

Hemmingway! What a terrific writer. I can picture him scribbling in one of these pocket-sized beauties as he dodged bulls in sunny southern Spain.

Picasso!! Wow. I bet he used his Moleskine to sketch a six-headed dragon lady and maybe write a grocery list.

Chatwin!!! . . . Who - . . . Who the Hell is Chatwin? I'd better buy this book before someone starts asking me questions. Good enough for Chatwin (the, uh, famous unicyclist?), good enough for me.

That's strange - says here the company was founded in the 90's -- the nineteen nineties. Di- . . . Did Picasso live to see Hootie and the Blowfish? Oh - what? He died in 1973? Well . . . Picasso must have used some kind of notebook during his life, and . . . since this Moleskine I'm holding is also some kind of notebook . . . it's totally understandable that they would claim he used the exact same books they're selling!

That's a relief. My only regret is that a cute, furry, little enormous mutant mole had to die for them to make the book cover.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Consumer's Guide to the Green Revolution

The Daily Green, an online "Consumer's Guide to the Green Revolution," also likes the cut of our LP books, and has listed the 7"x10" hardbound version in its Radical Reuse slideshow (we're lucky number 28). We may be running a swath of destruction across the vinyl landscape, but we're doing it with the approval of eco advocates.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Musique Nonstop!

Another sighting of a vinyl product. Francophonic style site gives us international street cred with its inclusion of our 45 Photo Frame in its Sélection section, a group of music-themed products posted last month. Michael Roger missed out on another name-drop, though, as this product was credited to Bookbinders. It's an online alias of ours, but still . . .

We also couldn't help but wonder whether the artist featured on the album had any bearing on its inclusion. Is Eddie Murphy the Jerry Lewis of our generation?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Michael Roger in Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine has included our LP Record books in a collage of "Glam Rock" accessories, on page 56 of its July issue. We're pleased to be featured among fashion luminaries like Marc Jacobs (Pony-hair bag, $1,350). Our product is surely the most economical choice in the group, and no ponies were harmed in its manufacture (our glue is horse-free).

The featured journals are credited to Urban Outfitters, one of our higher-volume retailers for this product. While we're a little disappointed that we weren't named as the designer (they didn't credit the Ceramic watch by RADO ($1,900) to Macy's, did they?), we are nevertheless pleased by the selection. To greater heights! Our name in print!