Joe at Gentleman Stationer sent me the Hightide Metal Book Rest ($12) in the perfect shade of turquoise. It matches my kitchen perfectly. But the best thing about the Metal Book Rest is that it is totally freakin’ useful.
My other mother has one (bright red!) in her kitchen that she keeps her iPad propped on for quick access to chat messages, recipes, the occasional urge to doodle and more. I’d always admired it so I was tickled to have my own and give it awhirl.
The Book Rest packs flat so it would be easy to transport with your books or fold and store on a bookshelf with your cookbooks. There are three notches on the base to allow options in the angle at which your book is held.
The bar in the front is hinged to help keep pages down and helps to stabilize the stand when there’s a book held in the Book Rest. I have read several books utilizing the Book Rest and the bar helps keep the pages flat as I moved from the front of a book to the back when the pages may not lay as flat. Hardback books layflat more easily than softcover trade paperbacks but I just cracked the spine a little and everything was fine.
The bar can also be laid flat when the Book Rest is used with a digital device and access to the screen is needed.
I was also able to use the Book Rest with my notebook/planner as a way to quickly review my notes and to-do list while I was working and check things off throughout the day.
With so many of us working from home, this handy little Book Rest serves a lot of purposes, is sturdy, nice looking and very reasonably priced. What are you waiting for?