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Old 09-21-2008, 03:07 AM   #1
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Hello,

Can anyone recommend me a good bed table for so I could enjoy reading my Iliad and non-e-ink-books and magazines even more.

I know that reading in the bed is not so good for eyes, but it became increasingly difficult for me to stay focused when I read sitting (getting old... may be...) for a more than 20 minutes.

The closest things that I found to what I think I want is a bed table for a laptop:

http://www.lapdawg.com/functions/bed-tray.html
http://sitincomfort.com/laplaidtab.html
http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20060...-laptop-table/

but since they have been designed for portable computers, not for the books - I have some doubts if they could be used with the books.

It would be really great if someone could share they own experiences or just a link to a bed table you think would be the best for such in-bed reading.

Thank you.

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Old 09-21-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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How about a tilting table that you can just roll out of the way when you're finished reading? Look at the fourth item from the bottom on this page. There's a flat place for a bedtime snack while the rest of the table tilts.

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Old 09-21-2008, 11:56 AM   #3
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I'm not sure I see the benefit of using a table for an eBook reader. Do you not hold it in your hands, like a book? I do!
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Hello,

Can anyone recommend me a good bed table for so I could enjoy reading my Iliad and non-e-ink-books and magazines even more.

I know that reading in the bed is not so good for eyes, but it became increasingly difficult for me to stay focused when I read sitting (getting old... may be...) for a more than 20 minutes.

The closest things that I found to what I think I want is a bed table for a laptop:

http://www.lapdawg.com/functions/bed-tray.html
http://sitincomfort.com/laplaidtab.html
http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20060...-laptop-table/

but since they have been designed for portable computers, not for the books - I have some doubts if they could be used with the books.

It would be really great if someone could share they own experiences or just a link to a bed table you think would be the best for such in-bed reading.

Thank you.
Honestly, I think those are overkill. I recently purchased an in bed reading/computer desk in preparation for building my own .... and there are some great ones out there.

Levenger (which I would think ships to Australia) has a very nice one ....
http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATE...-3|pageid=6159



These types are much less expensive. The one I am making is going to be a little more involved (since I want something more like a hospital bed table but with a tilting section in the middle).
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:18 PM   #5
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It looks like the sort of thing that would be very awkward to store when you weren't using it, You'd (presumably) want to keep it in the bedroom so it was close at hand when you wanted it, and it's too big to put under the bed.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:36 PM   #6
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It looks like the sort of thing that would be very awkward to store when you weren't using it, You'd (presumably) want to keep it in the bedroom so it was close at hand when you wanted it, and it's too big to put under the bed.
The description says it's portable and has a handle, which we can't see in the picture. I think the legs fold in and the part that holds the book folds flat. If that's true then it would be very easy to store under the bed or between the bed and a night stand.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:39 PM   #7
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OK - if it folds flat, that does indeed make it a lot more practical. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:49 PM   #8
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I'm wondering whether a book chair might be a simpler and cheaper option.

It's like a little deck-chair for books. Here's some:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bookchair-St...2123521&sr=8-1
Just do a web search on "Book chair" to find more colours etc.
You could even clip on a reading light.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:50 PM   #9
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And a forum member has also made a rotating book chair: the pattern is several posts into the thread:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19418
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:52 PM   #10
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I would find a book tray in bed annoying. I finish reading, close the cover and put the book on the night table. With the tray, I'd have to get out of bed to find someplace to put the tray.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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I dunno, if you arranged it right (and have the space to do so) you could probably just slip it into the gap between the bed and the nightstand, right?
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OK - if it folds flat, that does indeed make it a lot more practical. Thanks!
Yeah, they fold flat. I found a nice plastic one at Walmart for about $25 ... same deal, it has an adjustable tilt up top and legs that fold in. That's making due until I build my rolling bed table.

I just stick it on the other side of the bed when I'm done reading for the night, but then I don't have the issue of another human being taking up that space for sleeping.

But they do generally fold up and store quite nicely.

I love it. Mostly because when I'm in bed, I prefer to have my book propped up on a hard surface so I don't fall asleep and have one of the cats decide to walk over the book screen which I probably just lying there.
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:14 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone,

but I was looking for a bed table I could put almost vertically (the stand piece) so I could read on the sofa. And my plans is to use it predominantly with A4 printouts, not with a paper books nor with Iliad.

This is why I was so keen to buy laptop table - from the pictrure it seems like the stand angle can be adjusted from from 0 to almost 90 degrees.
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This one is at Levinger (see above for linky) and might do the trick for you.
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