Hands free reading for lazy bookworms

Daniel Pataki
Dec 8, 2007
Updated • Dec 1, 2012
Mobile Computing

There are three places where I read a lot. My table while eating, my bed (usually eating as well) and on the John (after eating). I usually struggle in my bed and at my desk because I can't get the damned book to stay open, or at least be readable while open. So far I've actually placed my laptop on the book, but here's a cool solution, the BookGem!

It's a simple book stand that has an easy to use mechanism for turning the pages. You still need to do this yourself, so this is not yet perfect, but it is much simpler than lifting the laptop, turning the page (adding half a pound of grease to the book), carefully positioning the laptop back and resuming the lovely meal.

The handy tool is small enough to put in your pocket (although you will look a bit weird) and is sturdy enough to hold most books. It is available through Bookgem/a> for a quite attractive $15. I really am thinking of placing an order, if someone has used one of these please do share your thoughts.

Cleverly designed, this diminutive device is replete with intelligent features: a little pull-out stand supports the book, two sturdy clips hold the pages in place, a pair of pull-out legs holds the book upright on a table. Best of all, spring-loaded page holders on either end make for simple page-turning without the need for repositioning the text; you just grip both holders with one hand and squeeze.

The site offers a discount if you order multiple book stands. They can be purchased directly on site or through Amazon where they are offered as well. The manufacturer notes that it may take up to 21 days before the item arrives in certain locations as it is send from the USA.


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  1. Tobey said on December 10, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Hehe nice gadget could be really useful :)

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