I bought a few cases of these fine standard 8.5 x 11" sketchbooks for students in my art classes to collage the covers, and sketch, sketch, SKETCH! They cost about $16 at art supply stores (like Michael's) , and I'm clearing room for other endeavors by letting them go for $10 each.
They make a great gift for anyone, artist or otherwise. Great for taking notes, planning the garden, keeping a diary... There are no limits.
Your new copy will have its original plastic shrink-wrapped protection. I showed photos of my collage and my sketch just to help you visualize.