Not shown is that this notebook also has an attached ribbon place marker. It does not have the pocket on the inside back cover. On the smaller pocket notebook from Staple's I found the pocket to be quite useful on my recent trip.
It is much easier to see what is on the opposite side of a Moleskine page.
I seldom write on both side of a page and if I do it is generally with a pencil as almost any kind of a pen has a bit of shadowing through the page. However with my first and only Moleskine notebook I had bleed through enough to mark the blank page. I just cannot justify spending any amount over about $5.00 for any size Moleskine low quality notebook. The Moleskine paper has a unique feel, but that is the only thing I found I like about the notebooks, especially since they are made in China. If I want a Chinese made notebook I will buy one of the cheaper priced ones that match or exceed the quality of the expensive one.
In my collection I have several notebooks from China, Viet Nam and India and they are all nicer than Moleskine. In the future I hope to try a few other brands including Rhodia or Clairefontaine as I understand both use the same paper.