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The book seat is an Australian design and can be used on pretty much any surface as it can change its shape. It's made of soft suede material with polystyrene beans inside and comes in a range of 5 colours; blue, red, dusty pink, dark brown and light beige.
So what is it?
The book seat is a book holder that is extremely light weight and has polystyrene beans inside. In fact they even state you could use it as a cushion, although due to the plastic bit on the front and pocket with Velcro on I can't imagine it would be too comfy.
The book seat is as it sounds. A seat that holds books. The main part is like a beanbag, in a triangle shape at the front with a solid part that supports the book. It has a clear plastic piece with a toggle on to hold the book in place.
How useful is it?
In short, very useful. It is a great book holder. It can hold even heavy hardback books and, despite how light it is, it will stay where ever you put it.
I think this is useful for everyone; whether you are cooking and have a recipe book, typing up a document and want something to hold papers/books up or just don't want to hold a book, this book can solve your problem.
Due to the way it's made you can change the angle at which you can have the book, which is great if you want to read and lay down. As it's so lightweight it would also be good if you want to read in bed or something as it wouldn't be too heavy to have on you (although obviously the heavier the book the heavier it'll feel, but it would be no different than just resting the book on you without the holder).
If just holding a book isn't useful enough for you it also has a pocket in it which can be useful for storing items (e.g. pens or a bookmark).
How does it work?
How it works is very simple. The solid triangle part holds the book, the toggle goes in the middle and the plastic part keeps the book open. The base is quite wide so you can have think books on it as well as thin and the toggle allows for you to keep them in place no matter how thick. I thought the plastic piece might make it awkward to read the bottom of pages, but you don't even notice it's there and you can read every word clearly through it.
To turn the pages you can simply move the plastic piece down, although I find it easier if you loosen the toggle, move the plastic piece and turn the page, then tighten the toggle again.
What do I think to it overall?
At times it's not as easy as it should be to turn the pages. It says you can do it one handed. But then again I have been reading new books and the pages try and close, where as a book which has been read is less likely to try and close. Still, the plastic part kept the pages open and it doesn't bother me to have to use two hands to turn the pages.
It's also much bigger than I thought, but I wouldn't say this is a bad thing. It's perfect for holding larger books and it's still small enough to sit on my computer desk (or anywhere else) and not get in the way.
The price isn't exactly cheap, selling at about £25, but compared to others this book holder is a lot more useful.
No matter what you want a book holder for you can't go wrong with this.