Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Book Stand
Cradling your reading material in an angled holder can make it easier to read.
Reading should be a simple pleasure. But in certain situations, such as transcribing copy, drawing from reference materials, or attempting to follow a recipe in a cookbook, keeping the pages open can be awkward at best. A book stand lends a helping hand to any multitasking effort that involves reading. It can also serve as a convenient tablet holder to bring the screen into an upright position and minimize neck strain. Here’s how to find your perfect book butler.
Whether you choose a stand made of metal, wood or bamboo is a matter of personal taste. The practical consideration is how well it will hold open the pages. Long clips made of flexible spring metal with a protective tip do the best job without the risk of tearing pages. An adjustable backrest makes it easy to find the perfect reading angle.
If you need a stand that can pull double duty from the kitchen table to the piano room, consider a convertible stand suitable for either books or sheet music. A detachable, telescoping stand is a versatile aid for reading any material from a standing, desktop, or sitting position.
Even a picture stand can serve as a caddy for smaller volumes. You won’t read War and Peace off of it, but a discrete little photo prop may be all you need to hold open a small cookbook or manual.