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Old 04-10-2008, 01:07 PM   #1
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Best stand ever

Hello,

Well I could have made a fortune setting up a company and producing this in the millions for you folks. Then again that would have meant stop reading. So here it is, a magnanimous gift to humanity:

http://homepage.mac.com/dicenti/.Public/stand.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/dicenti/.Public/tabletop.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/dicenti/.Public/tabletop2.jpg
http://homepage.mac.com/dicenti/.Pub...Dimensions.jpg

I thought very hard and long about this. I wanted something that:
+ Was light and beautiful.
+ Was as simple as possible.
+ That would hold that damn cover open.
+ That you could put at a high angle for viewing from a low spot (ie. lying down in bed on your chest or a pillow)
+ That you could put at a low angle for a table.

Well enjoy, and send me pictures if you decide to make one from ebony with ivory inlays.
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:25 PM   #2
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Old 04-10-2008, 03:37 PM   #3
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:09 PM   #5
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About turning pages, I wish there was some motion detector that you could swipe your hand in font of it, left to right to go forward, and right to left going back. Failing that, come on Sony, give us a button that we don't have to press so hard! gentle does it.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:13 PM   #6
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About turning pages, I wish there was some motion detector that you could swipe your hand in font of it, left to right to go forward, and right to left going back. ...
...and the video advertisement writes itself:

Sony Reader: "You wanna go to sleep now?"
Obi-Wan: "I don't want to go to sleep now"
Sony Reader: "Uh, you don't wanna go to sleep now."
Obi-Wan: "You want to shut up and turn the page for me"
Sony Reader: "I wanna shut up and turn the page for you"

Cheers,
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Oh, I assure you, I am. In fact, I suddenly feel the urge to go home and rethink my life.

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I'm going to start a poll to find out how many people use a "book stand". I've never used one in my life and don't really see the point of them, except, perhaps, for people with arthritis or some other reason they have might have difficulty holding a book.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:45 AM   #10
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I'm going to start a poll to find out how many people use a "book stand". I've never used one in my life and don't really see the point of them, except, perhaps, for people with arthritis or some other reason they have might have difficulty holding a book.
i don't use one, but i can imagine appreciating it on those really cold nights when you want to have both your hands under the quilt (especially if we also had a remote control to turn the pages ! toasty !)...

i do regularly prop it up on a pillow and just steady it / turn the pages with one hand (that's right, i'm lazy at 2 in the morning), depending on what position i am reading in, so it doesn't seem so far-fetched an idea.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:50 AM   #11
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i don't use one, but i can imagine appreciating it on those really cold nights when you want to have both your hands under the quilt (especially if we also had a remote control to turn the pages ! toasty !)...

i do regularly prop it up on a pillow and just steady it / turn the pages with one hand (that's right, i'm lazy at 2 in the morning), depending on what position i am reading in, so it doesn't seem so far-fetched an idea.
But don't you have to move your hand from under the quilt to turn the page and get it cold again? The idea of a book stand to me just seems to make it harder to read.
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Old 04-11-2008, 08:07 AM   #12
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But don't you have to move your hand from under the quilt to turn the page and get it cold again? The idea of a book stand to me just seems to make it harder to read.
well, if i turn on my side and lean it against a pillow, i can pull the quilt up quite high and then hide my hand under the pillow... in the end only my thumb is really exposed, for turning the pages, and when it gets too cold i change hands.

it's been quite chilly here this winter, i've got a very sophisticated system worked out.
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well, if i turn on my side and lean it against a pillow, i can pull the quilt up quite high and then hide my hand under the pillow... in the end only my thumb is really exposed, for turning the pages, and when it gets too cold i change hands.

it's been quite chilly here this winter, i've got a very sophisticated system worked out.
So what's the link to the UTube video?
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So what's the link to the UTube video?
pff, don't you wish... figure out your own system.
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Sorry, man, the best stand ever was already published by me ;P

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19418

There are already zillions of these around. Only nobody tells XD
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