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E-reader holder

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One of the Christmas gifts my daughter gave me was a little fabric stand for my iPad.

The choice of fabric was hers, and I love it because she picked it for me, but she clearly has no idea what my taste is, IYKWIM.

beanbag

Now I have never been a fan of e-readers.  I vastly prefer actual books.  BUT DH stumbled on a book (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) that he gulped down in about two days.  Very unusual for him – he reads, but not so much fiction.  He suggested I read it and as it was already on his Kindle it seemed silly not to read it that way.  I did, and I really enjoyed it.  What surprised me is that I liked reading it on the Kindle more than I expected.  At first, the whole way you had to grip it, to avoid triggering a page turn got on my nerves A LOT.  But when I remembered this beanbag, it solved that and other issues.  For example, I read while I eat (breakfast and lunch, which I tend to eat on my own, never dinner, which we eat as a family) and the issues with real books (keeping to book open, turning the pages and not getting food on them, etc) can be solved with an e-reader if you can solve the problems e-readers and meal-time reading (keeping them at the right angle for easy reading.) This little beanbag worked a treat.

beanbag1

Basically it is constructed like those sour cream containers (US ones, not UK ones) where you take a rectangle of paper (or in this case fabric) and sew a tube.  Sew one end closed, fill with styrofoam balls (the small ones like for bean bag stuffing) then sew the other end closed the opposite.  You can see a paper version on Dan99‘s blog if that is difficult to picture. This bean bag is exactly the same, scaled up.

I think DH intended I would use it for my iPad, but I never USE my iPad, really, unless I am laying down.  Except to Skype DS at Uni, and that is the one case where this beanbag holder is less than ideal as the mic is blocked by the fabric. I should give it a go with a YouTube video or something, to see if the VOLUME on playback is affected like the MIC is for conversation.  If not, I can see using this more often.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to share it.  The company he bought it from, at a craft fair, is called ebeanies.

2 thoughts on “E-reader holder

  1. Me likely!! I can see it would be useful for a lunch time read – as a librarian with access to discarded books I tend to keep a few of those handy for mealtime reads for the very reasons you suggest. Although obviously a big fan of books I am slowly coming round to the horses for courses point of view re kindles etc. a big problem for me is I can’t read in bed as the light is just too awful for my ancient eyes but I can read on my iPad… So coming round. Wonder if my mum could knock
    Me up something like this!

  2. What a clever idea! I love books, had thumbs down on ebook readers for a long time. Got a touchpad as gift, liked it a lot. Then decided I wanted a kindle so I could download while traveling. LOVE IT! I still read ‘real’ books too. Nice to have the best of both worlds. And I agree, it was a bit to get used to, with the way pages, turn, etc., but eventually one does. I also read as I eat a lot of times. Thanks for a nice post.

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