Product Name: Book Buddy
Website: Reading Comfort
Rating: 5 stars
When Mandy from Reading Comfort contacted me about reviewing the Book Buddy, I have to say, I didn't know what to think. The idea definitely sounded intriguing – something that will make your reading hands-free! But I had to ask myself: would all those strings and holders end up getting in the way? I didn't want something that was supposed to make my reading easier, but really ended up just making it more complicated and time consuming.
I was very excited when I received my Book Buddy in the mail. I got it in Papillon Gold. The first thing I noticed about it was how well-made it was. I could tell it wasn't going to be falling apart anytime soon. The pillow is also very plush, which makes it comfortable to put on your lap.
I quickly read the directions and was eager to try it out for myself. I grabbed my current read and decided to give it a try. After a few hits and misses, I figured out the way I like the Book Buddy to hold my book. Here's the step-by-step (including pictures!)
So now for the tough question: have I found the Book Buddy useful? INCREDIBLY. First of all, I love to be able to read hands-free. The ribbons are sturdy, and since they are adjustable, they are also very useful. One thing I really like about it is that it holds the book very flat, but doesn't crack the spine of paperbacks. I've found that it works best with hardcover but also works very well with trade paperbacks. Mass market paperbacks are a little more tricky, but since I don't read many of them, it doesn't really bother me.
As far as the ribbons, they don't get in the way. You might notice that the ribbon above crosses the bottom of the text. I usually don't tuck the page in until after I've finished reading it, and it works wonderfully that way. It never is a hassle and definitely increases the comfort level of reading.
And if that wasn't good enough, the Book Buddy comes with a plastic tabletop type thing that can be placed on top of the Book Buddy and held in place by the ribbons. Why, you ask? For laptops! If you are a laptop blogger like me, you will find this part of the Book Buddy invaluable. It raises the laptop to a very good height for typing, and it keeps the warm laptop off of your lap. Trust me, it's great – I use it every day while I am blogging! (Incidentally, it also is great for eating – trust me, the food wipes right off the plastic top. I know from personal experience.)
To put it succinctly, the Book Buddy is amazing. If you're an avid reader, this is a must have. I've actually considered buying a second Book Buddy – one for home, one for traveling. (Traveling makes things kind of mangy, so I'd have a pristine one at home, plus it could double as a pillow if I'm trying to sleep on a plane!)
Book Buddies can be purchased for $29.95 from Reading Comfort. They have 13 beautiful designs, and they also have blankets for sale that match with the Book Buddies which I think is a great idea! Head on over to Reading Comfort's website and take a look at the great items they have for sale!