A quick note to my dear readers, I’m declaring this week “Book Week” because there will be a series of bookish posts. While these posts won’t be knitting-oriented, they might still be of some interest, so stop by and check them out. Next week, this blog will return to the regular knitterly content.
I love to read, and I love to knit. But it’s tough to do both at the same time. I’ve tried putting the book on a table, or on my lap, even sitting sideways in my armchair. But this doesn’t work very well for me, especially when I’m reading paperbacks. I tried using a bookweightą to keep the pages flat. This worked on a flat surface; however, the reading angle was not ideal and my neck/back tired quickly. Both the book and bookweight would slide down if I used my lap.
Eventually, I stumbled across the Thai Book Rest from Levenger.˛ It’s a triangular shaped pillow with a folding ledge. When open, a book sits on the notch and is supported by the triangular piece. It works very well whether on my lap or on a table. However, I still need a bookweight to tame pages, especially when beginning or ending a book.
Last year, I read about ReadUpon at Chris’ blog and my interest was renewed. Unfortunately, they weren’t available for purchase anymore (www.readupon.com is defunct). I decided to investigate hands-free book holder options, specifically, those that would help make reading while knitting (or is it knitting while reading?) easy and effortless.
I selected three affordable types of holders to try out and review.
UPDATE: Since then I have managed to acquire an elusive ReadUpon; they can be found on eBay every few months.
1Levenger has a bookweight category (it does include paperweights). You can also easily find them at booktores (e.g.: Barnes & Noble, Borders).
2Thai Book Rests aren’t currently available at Levenger, but the Peeramid pyramid-shaped book rest is very similar.