My wife and I were out at dinner the other night when I saw a mechanic on his evening break, reading a book while using one of these, a Page Boy Adjustable Bookholder (although don’t follow that link for actual purchase; they run for only $5.99 at Barnes & Noble). Since that time, I’ve purchased a Page Boy as well as a Fellowes Wire Study Stand (which go for about $7.99). These excellent tools hold books open and upright on the surface of your desk, allowing you to type, jot notes, etc. while simultaneously keeping your place in the book.
- Pro’s: Great for bigger books, moderate ease of page turning, cheaper of the two.
- Con’s: Works terribly for paper backs, metallic bottom does not slide smoothly on the surface of a desk.
- Pro’s: Works for bigger books as well as paper backs, rubber tips allow ease of sliding on a desk, slightly more durable build.
- Con’s: Eliminates usage of some larger textbooks, slightly more expensive.