I know what you’re thinking: reading books is a joy unto itself. Nothing could make the experience better. Be gone with your book reading accessories. The saying goes that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yet I can’t help but wonder if there are ways to make the whole book reading experience even better. Most of us prefer physical books, but ereaders mean we don’t have to pay extra weight fees every time we travel. (We all know that seven books for seven days is perfectly reasonable). Many of us prefer reading books than listening to books, but I am yet to find a way to clean the bathroom with a book in my hand. Let me know if you figure it out.
Ebooks and audiobooks will never fully replace physical books, but they give us new ways to enjoy the reading experience. For years there have been certain aspects of reading that have bugged me. Trying to read in a bed with a backboard made of iron bars and not being able to get comfortable. Or trying to read while eating and having to use my phone to hold the book open.
Well, I’ve got news for you. A bunch of clever people have already taken care of all of our reading ailments. With the holidays coming up, you might consider putting some of these book reading accessories on your present list. Or consider bettering the reading experience of the book lovers in your life.
The Problem of the Headboard
As I mentioned above, there was a time in my life when I had metal bed frames. They are pretty and definitely create a nice room aesthetic but if you’ve ever tried to lean back on the bars that tend to make up the headboards of these frames you’ll know that they aren’t very comfortable.
I also urge you to consider this fact: not all couches are made equally when it comes to lounging.
So I present to you, the reading pillow!
Everything about this invention is genius. Be gone backache from reading marathons. No longer must you steal all the cushions from the couch much to the dismay of everyone else who shares that couch with you. I don’t know where these pillows have been my whole life but I need about 20 of them right now.
The Problem of the Closing Book
When people tell me they read while they eat, my question is always, how? How do you have enough hands? Maybe it’s because I’m British and eat with a knife and fork and not just a fork like many Americans I know, but I need both my hands when I eat, which leaves no hands free for holding a book open. I’ve tried a number of solutions to this, but the most common is my phone. Of course, my phone is huge and, depending on the book, can cover up more than it leaves me room to read.
I’ve seen a couple of different page anchors, which are stunning but don’t seem great for actually reading with. Maybe it’s just me, but I need something that will hold the book open and allow me to easily turn the pages. I can’t be fiddling with inserting something into my book spine every two minutes. I found a couple of book reading accessories to solve this problem.
Option 1: The Book Stand
It’s free-standing, it’s angled for a natural eye line and it’s easy to swipe the clips up and down for page-turning ease. Essentially, all you’re missing with this contraption is someone to turn the pages for you. It is also compatible with ereaders.
Option 2: The Book Weight
This accessory does what I’ve using my phone to do but better. It’s a small, portable, weighted page holder. It easy to move with one hand for page-turning ease and it doesn’t cover the majority of the page. Plus, it’s discreet. Which means you don’t have to bring out a huge contraption to read on your lunch break or while dining alone.
The Problem of Reading While Travelling
My mum used to always yell at me for not knowing how to sit in a chair. I rarely sit with my bum on the seat and my legs on the floor. Normally, I either sit cross-legged, I tuck my feet under me, or I lounge. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the economy seats on aeroplanes aren’t made for lounging, and I can’t read if I’m not lounging. What am I supposed to prop the book up on if not my legs? Hold it up with my arms? You must be insane.
The Book Seat kindly takes care of all of that for its user. It’s suitable for all surfaces, can be moulded to suit all angles and it even doubles up as a travel pillow for when the eyes are just too heavy to read. Finally, I can sit in all positions and know that the propping up of my book is taken care of.
Oh, how I have needed this without even knowing it!
The Problem of Sharing a Room and Wanting to Read
Hands up if you’ve ever stayed up reading a book into the early hours of the morning.
This is somewhat of a too regular occurrence for me. At least, it used to be until I got married to someone who chooses sleep over reading. Imagine that! The problem with print books (and my classic Kindle ereader) is that they don’t have a backlight. The problem with my husband is that he can’t sleep with the lights on, even with a sleep mask.
I’ve tried a number different reading lights, but this rechargeable book light wins on user experience. It isn’t bulky or heavy and it’s properly angled to actually light up the page you want to read. Plus, it’s rechargeable, so save those pennies you were about to spend on batteries.
I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m also very interested in these reading glasses with built-in LED lights.
The future is now, friends.
I hope one of these book reading accessories makes onto your personal present list or you buy one for a book-loving friend. Oh, and by the way, you’re welcome.