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#1 annkd

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 05:41 AM

For the past few years I have been having more and more trouble holding up my books when I read. My elbows, wrists, and fingers get so sore and tired (I have carpel tunnel. etc.) Is there any device out there that would hold up my books when I read? I've thought of some of the gadgets out there (like the e-Book readers) but wouldn't that cause the same problem? Just thought I'd put it out there - there are so many clever folks here!! Thanks. -Ann

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:02 AM

Hi Ann,

My hubby bought me an e-Book reader for my birthday this year and I love it. He did a fair amount of research on size, weight, compatibility, etc. and the ONLY complaint I have is that mine, at least, is obviously set up for a right-hander, but manual dexterity is NOT a prerequisite. It's not heavy at all (about 7-3/4 ounces), maybe about the same as my cellphone. One feature I really like is the font adjustable from small>medium>large. At night when my eyes are tired, I put it the whole way up to large. I'll PM you with the make and model.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 07:31 AM

Hi Ann,

I sew multi-purpose book rests/heating pad/ elbow rests. I just take a piece of cloth (like muslin), about 12" long and 12" wide. Fold it in half on one side so that it ends up about 12" long by 6" wide (or whatever size you prefer). Sew all around the edges, leaving an opening small enough for a funnel. Fill the inside with whole grain rice, but leave a little space so that you can conform the rice bag to your neck, your book, or your elbows. Then sew it all the way shut. Then I sew a pillowcase for it out of a fancier fabric, which can be washed when needed.

The resulting wedge can be briefly heated in the microwave for use as a neck warmer, hand warmer for Raynaud's attacks, wrist wrest (nice for carpal tunnel as it supports the whole length of the forearm), elbow rest (especially if you have tennis elbow or calcinosis), or -- our most popular use -- a book rest. It puts the book at a nice slanted angle when you have the book on the table in front of you.

It would also make a nice rest for the electronic book reading devices, as Jeannie mentioned, and can easily be hand-sewn, if you don't have access to a sewing machine.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 09:06 AM

Hi Ann,

I LOVE books, but last year I had to switch to an e-Reader because of the same problems you mention. I can prop it up and read away! The one I have is set up for L and R handed people. I LOVE it now, and can't imagine going back to real books.
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:14 PM

Thank you for your suggestions. Shelley I flunked sewing in high school and they put me in the boys "shop"class - can you believe that! Probably all that sawing and vibration caused my Raynauds - who knew ? I am going to research the e-book. I love reading so much and I think that if that were taken away, well ,let's just say that it would be a sad day for me. Thanks again! -Ann

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 03:26 PM

I don't have a real problem holding a book, but when I was reading about Shelley's gadget (leave it to Shelley to come up with something like that) - I thought that "maybe" you could take a very large square scarf, fold it in half to form a triangle and tie the ends around your neck, chest or waist. You could then rest the book in your lap, resting against and being held up by the scarf. I have no idea if it would work - just a thought. If I can find a large scarf, I'll try it and let you know. Like the rest of you, I love to read. I just finished a book that took me to Venice for a few days. It was wonderful!
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 06:02 PM

Hi Ann,

You've already been given some good ideas. I'll add one. Look online for "reading aids" or "arthritis aids" and you will get catalogs for supplies for people with disabilities of one kind or another. I just looked at one such site and they had several different things, ranging in price from $7 to $139 for holding books! I've been thinking of getting one myself. I love to read and I don't know what I would do if I couldn't do it! I do sew, so I might just do one of the sewing projects, but the aids in the catalogs look great, too.

Mary in Texas

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Posted 13 July 2010 - 04:00 AM

Your all are just the BEST! I will begin my quest to find the best solution now that you've all given such great suggestions. What would I do without this network!!! Big hugs, Ann

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 04:02 PM

Hi- If I hold a book up too long, my hands get cold so it is not exactly like your problem. I simply stack small pillows on my lap until the book is high enough to read with out my having to do more than hold the page down. Since I already having a running start with a padded lap, it only takes three to get it high enough.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 04:58 PM

I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier but there's a company that makes a little book table that you can roll up to a chair and it will hold the book for you. It even has a little ledge to hold the pages of the book for you. If you PM me, I'll tell you the brand name.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 06:32 PM

A light bulb just went off in my head - most office supply places have little roll-around laptop computer stands that you can adjust for angle, height, etc. They have a ledge along the one edge to keep things from sliding off. The one that I am sitting at (now you know why the light bulb is only glowing dimly) also has a fixed surface for a mouse and a cuppa. It would work really well too.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:34 PM

Hi Ann,
I also had same problem,I tried various options but recently invested in an portable media player (wireless gizmo, very trendy) and now I can just listen to the books and have the pick from thousand of titles. at first it was strange lying back with headphones on and totally hands-free and listening to the book being read out, but now I am used to it I love it as I feel its "me time" and totally relaxing. I know it can never replace actually reading a book and not for everyone but its just another option.

Take care

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:12 AM

Hey All You Book Lovers - There have been so many great ideas - one of them is bound to work! I went on line to check out reading aids and found a few new ideas. Some rather pricey and some very reasonable. The one I liked the best was of course the most expensive but it could work really well whether you sitting in a chair or lying down. I'm considering it. It is not something I could travel with though. I'm thinking the E book idea would work best for the tiresome hours spent in doctor's waiting rooms! Planes, trains and automobiles...oh, my. Hugs, Ann

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 04:18 AM

Audiobooks! :emoticons-yes:

I was loaned a complete, unabridged audio version of 'The Silence of The Lambs' read by the author. I think there was no possible way for print to match that experience. (It also firmly decided me that genre was NOT my cup of tea.)
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 07:40 PM

I just thought of another thing that would be helpful (in the United States) -- and it's absolutely free. Has anyone heard of the Taking Books Program of The National Library Service/The Library of Congress? It is for the blind and physically handicapped, and, as such, we are eligible. One just has to get a doctor's signature on a sheet you fill out about your disability. It is my understanding that almost anyone who could possibly need or use this program is eligible.

Then you choose whether you want books on tape, braille or large print books. My dad had macular degeneration and he used the tapes for years. This agency sends you a special machine, free, to play your tapes and they send you a monthly catalog of books or tapes for you to make your selection. The books arrive, postage paid, and when you are ready to send them back, you just reverse a card on the front of the box they came in. Your address is on one side and the state library address is on the back. Drop them in a box or put them out for your mailman. The return postage is also free to you.

You can get the information you need at your local library. Just ask about the Talking Books Program.
Also you can get information on the program online, just search for it.

My dad spent many happy hours listening to books on tape. They have every sort of book -- both fiction and non fiction, as well as newspapers and magazines. They have children and teen books, too. When new books by our favorite authors would come out, I'd call them and usually they already had the book or it was already ordered.
They were in the process of going digital on the talking books.

I thought some of you might be interested in this.


Mary in Texas


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Posted 22 July 2010 - 04:06 AM

Mary - what a fabulous idea! Has anyone ever told you that you have a brilliant mind!! I am going to chat with my doctor next week. I'll check out what paper work is required. I still want to "read' my precious books myself but on those days that I simply can't, this would be the solution. Cheers to you my friend! Hugs, Ann

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 07:49 AM

Thanks, Ann! No, no one has recently mentioned that I have a brilliant mind, but I love it!

Mary in Texas

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 02:17 AM

Mary - Thanks for bringing the Talking Books program to our attention! What a great program. I've added it to our Patient Support Programs on the ISN disability page. I'm going to send the link to my dad. He has macular degeneration and requires large print books. He told me about a month ago that he has exhausted the large print books at his local library, so this will be a great source for him and for so many others.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:10 PM

Hi Janey,
My dad's vision was so bad,by the tiime we applied for the Talking Books program, that he needed the audio version. But, my 96 year old auntie also was in the program ,and she got the large-print books. I can't say enough good things about this program and usually, when I mention it, no one has ever heard of it. They don't seem to promote it at all.

Your dad will love it! I forgot to say earlier that even the librarian, instead of a doctor, can sign a person's application, if he or she is familiar with the applicant.

Mary in Texas

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 04:20 AM

Hi, my husband has just bought me a e reader and its great very light fits into my handbag nicely so not heavy like a book. I love it!

Lynn