Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Book Buddy!

I have a new best friend- the Book Buddy II.

The Book Buddy II is a cool little accessory for readers- basically, a pillow with some ribbons attached to hold down the covers of your book. It's made by Reading Comfort, and I just love it.

The thing about reading as a hobby is that you don't really need any accoutrements- just you and the book. And maybe a light, or a blanket, or a cup of tea. But basically, it's just you and the book.

But the nice thing about the Book Buddy is that it makes reading that little bit more comfortable. Cozier. It moves the book closer to your face, nice if your eyes are tired. It fits nicely in my lap, it's nicely plumped and it makes it easier for me to read sitting with good posture. And it's pretty. Here's how it works:

Slip one of the vertical ribbons over one cover, then the second ribbon over the other, and you read. It's as simple as that. If you want to use the Book Buddy as a writing desk, you can use the clear acrylic table that comes with it by hooking the diagonal ribbons around its edges. The ribbons are adjustable and I found that Book Buddy works best with hardcovers or trade-sized paperbacks. It didn't handle mass market paperbacks quite as well.

It's also pretty and comes in attractive fabrics (the company also sells blankets to match and other accessories as well).

Here you can see my husband enjoying the Book Buddy II. I think lots of people would like having a Book Buddy; I'd love to get one for my patrons, especially some folks who come in to read for extended periods. It would be such a nice, homey touch for the library, and it certainly helps provide a little extra comfort at home.

Thanks to ReadingComfort.com and Amanda Crawford Designs for sending me a Book Buddy II to review. I use it every day!


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bermudaonion said...

I love my Book Buddy too! It's such a simple idea, but it really makes a difference.

Serena said...

LOL....what a great little invention. I've seen some rave reviews of this...perhaps the hubby will get me one for my birthday!

Ruth King said...

I so need one of these! It would have made reading Drood so much easier.

Thanks for your review!

Ellen Steinbaum said...

I may need to get a Book Buddy. Sounds like a great idea.

The Bookworm said...

what a great idea! I need to get one.

Unknown said...

My family made something like that with elastic and a pillow for my mother. She suffered from ALS and lost the strength in her hands and then arms. This sort of setup made it so she could read for a lot longer.

Anna said...

I received a Book Buddy, too, and I love it. I'll be posting my review tomorrow I hope. Glad you love yours, too.

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Blodeuedd said...

The book buddy is just the cutest, and so practical. I'd sure love one

Zibilee said...

This is an awesome invention. I have seen these on other blogs, and really love the all the colors and styles that the Book Buddy comes in. I am going to have to order one of these, they seem like the perfect thing for those extra heavy books.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I LOVE the Book Buddy! It helped me get thru Edgar Sawtelle, a true chunkster.

Who's the furry guy next to your husband?

Marie Cloutier said...

Dawn, that's my kitty Sasha! He liked the Book Buddy as well, although I haven't been able to snap a picture of him "using" it yet!

Marie Cloutier said...

King Rat, yes. I didn't want to say so in the review but I would love to get one for my husband's grandmother who has Parkinson's and has a hard time holding books in her lap. I think it would help her.

LorMil said...

This looks like a handy item.