You might think that the proliferation of electronic daily planners and desktop datebook software would have severely cut down on the printing and manufacturing of datebooks. However, the reality is just the opposite. The desire by more and more people to get organized, in part through electronic devices, has actually led to an increase in datebooks. For a large section of society, keeping datebooks by hand is still the preferred method.Datebooks will obviously need to be purchased new every year. But old datebooks should not be discarded. Having a written copy of the previous year's agenda and appointments, in actual paper and ink, is a valuable way to keep records and documentation both for personal reference and business or legal needs. Computers and PDAs may be remarkable in their capacities, but they can still be fickle when it comes to long-term stability.Datebooks are available in as wide a variety as there are personalities. Executive datebooks look very austere and rigid, with a page per day, while personal datebooks can be whimsical in design and cover a week in two pages. Several different companies publish datebooks every year, thus keeping the choices plentiful and the prices low. Datebooks are a great way to showcase your favorite artist, animal, celebrity, and more.A further advantage of an 'old-fashioned' date book is that it is easy to see a full layout, or flip back and forth between pages. Most datebooks will also have a section for addresses and numbers as well, so all of your information can be stored together.