I recently started using a Baron Fig Confidant (Juggler Edition) for a project I'm working on. I'm enjoying the notebook. The paper is good, the pages lay flat, etc., etc. There are tons of reviews out there if you're looking for one.
One thing most of those reviews will also tell you is that the book doesn't close completely after you've cracked the spine. It's true. But, my friends, I have found The Solution: the big, thick, red (or white) rubber band supplied by the lovely folks at Write Notepads with their equally lovely notebooks. It fits perfectly. Snug enough to keep the book closed, but not so snug that you feel like the rubber band will snap.
It also makes for a handy pencil holder.
Boom. Consider yourself Life Hacked.