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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Review and Giveaway: The Reading Comfort Book Buddy

If you haven't had a chance to take a look at the Reading Comfort Book Buddy, now is your chance!

Pictures of my Book Buddy:

Picture 1: My book buddy at rest! Picture 2: With the clear acrylic desktop. Picture 3: Holding a Mass Market paperback. Picture 4: Holding a Trade paperback. Picture 5: Holding a Hardback book. Picture 6: My Book Buddy fits perfectly in the side table between our two couches when I'm not using it.

From the Reading Comfort Book Buddy official page:

The Book Buddy™ holds both hardcover and softcover books in place with adjustable ribbons for hands-free reading. The special filling in the pillow makes any book feel practically weightless.

Each Book Buddy™ comes with a sparkling clear acrylic desktop that slips into place and converts your reading pillow into a writing desk. The durable desktop also serves as a handy platform for your laptop computer, keeping the warm surface off your legs and elevating the computer to a position that most people find perfect for both reading and typing. Simply slide your laptop under the diagonal ribbons to safely secure it the most comfortable position.
My Thoughts:

- The Book Buddy is very comfortable
- The Book Buddy pillow is big enough to easily hold books (both hardcover and paperback) of different sizes
- The ribbons that hold the book/plastic base in place are easy to use, even with one hand
- The plastic base for use when taking notes or using a laptop is AMAZING! - The Book Buddy is beautiful
- When not in use, the Book Buddy acts as a nice accent pillow
- The Book Buddy is portable and can be taken everywhere, even on a plane or in the car. . . at the pool, at the library, in the office. . .

As a reader, the Book Buddy makes reading more comfortable. I don't know many people who can rest a book on their lap and not end up with eye-strain or a stiff neck. The Book Buddy brings the book a little closer and allows you to angle your book to avoid strain. Not only that, but if you need to put your book down in a hurry, it helps you by keeping the book open to the page you were reading.

As a blogger/laptop user, I have found the Book Buddy to be indispensable! I blog with my laptop, and I typically have it on my lap as the dining room table is a little too high for comfort. Prior to using the Book Buddy with the included clear acrylic desktop, my wrists would become sore from the angle I was typing at, and if I had my laptop on my lap, I would inevitably block the airflow into the computer causing it to become hot! The Book Buddy has brought my laptop to a comfortable position AND allowed air to continue flowing under it. Not to mention I can even comfortably use my laptop while sitting in my lawn chair and enjoying the nice warm weather we are having!

The Book Buddy Makes a Great Gift for:
- The book lover in your life (especially if they already have a lot of books!)
- The person in your life who regularly uses a laptop
- The person in your life who writes a lot of notes
- The person in your life who enjoys drawing (the clear acrylic desktop is a great surface to work on!)
- The student in your life (take notes, read those heavy books, etc)
- The person you know who is confined to bed (ie - bedrest in the hospital - I was there for FOUR months and really could have used this!)
- Birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day (YES - they have some masculine Book Buddy's too!), Christmas, etc
- YOU!

Additional Facts:
- Prices range from $19.95 to $29.95
- The adjustable ribbons keep your book/laptop/desktop secure and allow for hands-free reading
- The Book Buddy comes with a clear acrylic desktop
- You can purchase coordinating items in many patterns: Lap Blanket, Elegant Paperweight, Elastic Bookmark, Glittermark, and Classy Book Covers

Elastic Bookmark:
I also had the opportunity to try out the Elastic Bookmark.

From the Reading Comfort site:

Each elastic 4-ribbon bookmark is beautiful and practical

How many times have you picked-up your book to read and your bookmark fell out, leaving you unsure where you left off. These are the bookmarks you won’t loose or misplace!

This innovative bookmark is expandable, and has been carefully designed and crafted to be used only on hard cover books. It stretches over the front cover of your book and will adjust to the size of most books. With it's unique ribbon concept, these four-ribbon bookmarks will hold up to four places at the same time. Whether you are looking for elegant bookmarks, fabric bookmarks, unique bookmarks or ribbon bookmarks, you will find we have the book reading accessories you need.
The elastic portion of the bookmark fits snugly on the cover of the book, and you use the four ribbons to mark different spots in the book. The bookmark is absolutely beautiful! I could see myself using this the most with cookbooks (you know, you always have 3-4 FAVORITE recipes that you always need to look up in the index!), the Bible, reference books and photo albums. I could also see book reviewers or book club participants using this bookmark to keep track of passages within the book they want to refer back to.

And Now . . . A Wonderful Giveaway!

Mandy, from Reading Comfort, sent me the Sweet Charlotte Book Buddy to giveaway here on Wendi's Book Corner! It is a beautiful pink and gold Book Buddy and has the clear acrylic desktop. It is sealed in the original packaging.

To be included in the giveaway:

1. Leave a comment here telling me what you like the best about the Book Buddy and include your email if it is not in your profile (1 entry)
2. Post a link to the giveaway on your blog and report it here (1 entry)
3. Become a follower and leave a comment here (or "remind" me you are already a follower so I know you want to be included in this giveaway) (1 entry)

The drawing will be held June 30th. Winner: I will send you each an email, please reply with your address so I can get your Book Buddy in the mail!

This giveaway is open to residents within the United States and Canada.

~ Wendi


Kara said...

I love the idea of a book buddy!! I think the thing I like best about it is that it holds the book open for you - as a student - and one who likes to do their homework in the recliner - this would be fantastic. I am always having to hold the book open while trying to take notes - very hard to do.

I also like the fact that it comes with a hard desktop - I think that would be a great addition to my laptop/blogging experience.

I follow this blog in Google Reader and I will be posting about this contest in my sidebar of my blog!!


Kara said...

Ooops, I forgot to leave my email...

ktulanko AT aol DOT com

Kaye said...

Not only is the book buddy functional but the print on the fabric is gorgeous! I think this would make a great gift for someone who has arthritis in their hands. That someone would be me! Please enter me in the drawing.

bermudaonion said...

Don't enter me. I love my Book Buddy and use it every day!

Cindy said...

I love the book buddy! I like several things about The Reading Comfort Book Buddy. The fabric is beautiful! Another thing that I love about it is that it is designed to keep your book from getting bent or torn up. I love to read at night sitting on the family room sofa. Sometimes I drift off to sleep and the book ends up in the sofa cushions or on the floor. The book buddy would be ideal because it would keep the book in good shape. It also looks great for holding the book on your lap as you read.

Thanks for this great giveaway! Please enter me in the contest.


Cindy said...

I am a faithful follower of your blog!


Kristi said...

I love this idea! It would be great for the 600 page book I just finished reading - it could get really heavy!! Also like it that it has an acrylic top for other uses.

I also follow your blog!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Missy B. said...

I have noticed lately that my fingers and hands cramp up while I am holding my book. The Book Buddy looks like it would come in very handy! The fabrics are beautiful, and the fact that it comes with an acrylic desktop is an added bonus. I would love to own one of these.

I am a follower, and I will post about the giveaway in my sidebar.


Melissa O. said...

I love these book buddies! Not only because they are functional, but because they are gorgeous! And I think it's awesome that it comes with a hard desktop, it's really so much more than a book buddy.

Thank you for the chance to win! I follow your blog already :-)


CherylS22 said...

This book buddy was the best idea. I was hoping someone would eventually offer one in a giveaway! The feature I like the best is the acrylic top you can add. It makes a great surface to pay bills on while watching TV or to browse the internet on a laptop while watching TV.

Thanks for the giveaway.....

CherylS22 said...

I already follow.


Unknown said...

It would be great to have one of these. They're functional and pretty.

Unknown said...

I'm already a follower

LuAnn said...

My mother is 87 years young and she spends a lot of time reading and working crosswords. Imagine how handy this book buddy would be for her! I'd love to give this to her for a gift as her next birthday is coming up soon.

Unknown said...

This is so cool!! I love that it is hands free :)

lavery328 at yahoo dot com

Passages to the Past said...

Fantastic giveaway Wendi! I've been reading all the reviews on this in blogland and it sounds so cool!

I already put my book on a pillow so I don't have to lean over too much, so this would be the perfect replacement - at least it won't keep falling off.

Thanks for the opportunity!

ccqdesigns said...

Wow, this looks like a great solution to my problem. I have arthritis and have a very hard time holding up the books. I have tried putting bed pillows in my lap, but the books keep sliding off.... I would love to have one of these.
I am a follower,
I tweeted this giveaway at ccqdesigns.

Bonnie said...

What a great giveaway Wendi!!
These look very pretty with their fabric and designs. They seem very versatile and it's nice to have hands free reading. I have neck issues and this would be perfect for me to help with better posture as well to reduce the neck pain when I read.

I am a follower!

I am adding info about this giveaway to my sidebar on my blog!

Belinda M said...

I think it is great that you can lay in bed or get comfy on the couch and have your book in a place where it is comfortable for you

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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog

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Beth F said...

I just think they're really pretty. I do like how comfy they look, but they are all so pretty!

I'm a follower!

I'm just off to tweet about this.

Thanks, Wendi!


Beth F said...

Here's the tweet link: http://twitter.com/BethFishReads/statuses/2023111559

Bird said...

Very pretty and what a great idea for a comfortable way to read a book while on the couch, in bed or on an airplane even.

I like it.

Please enter me.


KR said...

It would make it easier for me to drink coffee while I'm reading!


KR said...

I follow.


Ali said...

I came here from Beth Fish's tweet. :-) I'd love one of these for reading in bed. And I'm now following your blog. Worducopia at Gmail dot com.

Serena said...

wow, what a great giveaway! I am impressed with all the shots you took of the book buddy and how well it holds the books in place.

I would love to be entered!

savvyverseandwit AT gmail DOT com

I'll pop this giveaway in my sidebar as well.

cindysloveofbooks said...


I am a follower of your blog.

I love to read in bed and i think this would be great to hold the book in place. I have ended up falling asleep in bed and the book either gets shoved around on the bed (rollled over etc) or lands on the floor.This would be perfect to keep the book in place. Nothing worse then falling asleep and loosing your place in the book.

Cindy S.

Unknown said...

What I love the most about the Book Buddy is the design. it remainds me of the geisha dresses for some reason. i think it's fantastic.


Ruth King said...

I love that the Book Buddy doubles as a laptop desk -- it would be perfect for my new laptop. It also would have been a Godsend when I was reading Drood. I had some serious wrist fatigue from holding that book!

Thanks for such a thorough and informative review. Please enter me in the giveaway!

I'm a follower via Blogger and Google Reader.

ruth at bookishruth dot com

Jenny Girl said...

I like that it makes reading in bed easier!
I'm already a follower.

Thanks for great contest Wendi!

♔ jessica.marie said...

I would love to be able to win a book buddy because I just recently taught myself how to knit and it would be amazing to be able to knit and read at the same time! ^_^

I am also in love with Marie Antoinette and the color scheme of this book buddy makes me think of her, and of course she would want to be comfortable and stylish while reading. ;)

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

♔ jessica.marie said...

I am a new follower. :D

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

♔ jessica.marie said...

I shall add this to my sidebar:

lovejessicamarie [@] gmail [.] com

ShadowsTomes said...

I get really bad neck pains if I read too long and this looks like it would help out tremendously!

I'm following you now AND I'm going to post about this on my blog's sidebar at

thanks and good luck to everyone this is an awesome giveaway!


Unknown said...

What I like best about it is that you don't actually have to keep holding your book. I have sweaty hands so it gets to be a REAL problem when I read. :( Especially since I tend to mess up books it sucks :(

Carlene said...

I think it would help when I am sitting in the bed, it is hard for me to keep my hands from cramping. Please include me in your giveaway.

Carlene said...

I am already a follower.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of these before.I like how it holds the book open for you and keep it in place.you can lie in bed and have it on your lap comfortably.neat idea.
please include me in the giveaway!!


Anonymous said...

I'm now a follower


janetfaye said...

I love the Book Buddy because it would let me read anywhere and be comfortable.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I follow your blog.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I blogged:

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Kelly said...

What an amazing pillow,that would make reading a book so much more enjoyable.What a fantastic way to be able to read more comfortably.


Gwendolyn B. said...

What I like best about the Book Buddy is that it is the perfect gift for that "someone who has everything." Anyone could make good use of the Book Buddy! Thanks for the chance to win one!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Gwendolyn B. said...

And, I'm a Follower!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Ladytink_534 said...

I like the fact that the book buddy holds a book while I'm looking stuff up from it online. Also love the fact that it has the laptop feature. I use a big (heavy) book so I won't block the vent.


ossmcalc said...

I would love to win a book buddy. On March 7, 2006, I fell at school and injured my right shoulder and my neck. After three surgeries, the shoulder has yet to heal and is tearing again. They haven't even started on the neck yet. The book buddy would make reading for me so much easier as I am right handed and really can't hold things for very long with that hand. Plus, I have also developed a tremor in my right arm which makes holding things difficult.

Thank you,


ossmcalc said...

I am also a follower.

Thank you,


Stephanie Reed said...

Ooh, it's pretty! I would actually be able to use a laptop *on my lap*! And I can't wait to try it out for books, too. Pretty and multi-functional, that's what I like about the Book Buddy. Plus, July 1 is my birthday. :-)

Julie said...

I love the idea of a book buddy...its so pretty too! I read in bed all the time and it would be nice to have something hold the pages open for me....(yes I get quite lazy!)


rubynreba said...

Beautiful fabric - it would also keep my books in much better shape. I also like the fact that it holds the book open!

windycindy said...

Hello! The Reading Comfort Book Buddy is gorgeous! I like the four
ribbon bookmark that doesn't lose your place! Also, being comfortable
whether held upright or on my lap is fabulous. Please count me in.
Many thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

I follow your blog!
Again, thanks!

nfmgirl said...

A book buddy seems like a great idea! It can be so uncomfortable trying to read in bed. This seems like it would help to elevate the book and make it much more comfortable to read.

I am following

I blogged it:

Lady Tobi said...

I would love to win this. I have the same problem you described with using my laptop on my lap. I didn't even realize the Book Buddy had a panel that you could put on it until I read your post. I have always wanted a book buddy and that feature just makes it even more useful. Thanks for entering me. I have just become a follower of your blog. thanks,

Desert Rose said...

It looks so adorable, it would be great using it to read in bed or when I'm reading while lying on my stomach which would be extremely hard to hold a book and do that.. also while curled up on a couch and getting comfy.. :)


I'm already a follower and I added this giveaway to my sidebar here..


Anonymous said...

I would love to win this for my mother. She is always reading with a pillow on her lap and this would be ideal for her. Thanks for the chance to win!
stacybooks at yahoo

Anonymous said...

I like the fact that the Book Buddy can hold a book or a laptop! I would LOVE to win this! I always have a sore next & back from reading or using my laptop in bed.

nancyecdavis@ bellsouth. net
(remove the spaces)

Fokxxy said...

What is there NOT to like about the book buddy. I love everything I am hearing about it. Adjustable straps are perfect. The fact that it will double as a useable item for my laptop ! The lightweightedness! I love it.

Please enter me.


Fokxxy said...

I became a follower.


Marie said...

Hi Wendi, I can't believe I haven't found your blog before now. I followed a link from Missy's Book Nook and here I am.

Anyway, I'd love to win a Book Buddy. It's gorgeous. I also like that it can fit different sized books.

I now follow your blog via Blogger's follow function.


Esme said...

I have never used a book buddy-this seems like a great idea. thanks.

LoveMyCoffee said...

I so want a Book Buddy. It would be awesome for big heavy books. It would also be great when I use my laptop. Plus, it's so pretty.

LoveMyCoffee said...

I'm signing up to follow you by RSS. Great blog.


Julie J. said...

1. This looks like such a nifty item. I could certainly use it while on my laptop blogging or while reading when my children are outside playing. They come in beautiful patterns and the price is very reasonable!!

2. The link to my blog is located here: http://molcotw.blogspot.com I put it in the sidebar of my blog.

3. I am also a follower of your blog!


Suzanne Yester said...

I love the idea of the book buddy too! I like it because it will keep my book open and my book will be comfortably rested on my lap!

*I am a new follower!

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
quzy (at) mac (dot) com

Ti said...

I love that it is stylish and not just a block of plastic of wood.


Mermaid2x said...

I love this beautiful Book Buddy! How handy for hard back books which I sometimes have a problem with as I seem to be always multi-tasking. I just like the hand free or "hands-less" idea of it.

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Mermaid2x said...

Follower. (rubymoon/Ally/Blogger)

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Emma said...

What I love the most about the Book Buddy is they're functional and pretty.
Please enter me in the contest.Thank you.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com Thank you for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

I hate it when my fingers cramp up while trying to hold open a thick book. The Book Buddy is a great way to fix that problem!

jgbeads at gmail dot com

Linda S. said...

What a neat idea! This will make a great gift.

Linda S. said...

Still learning the blogging stuff. Forgot to enter email address.


mrsshukra said...

The design of this book buddy would perfectly match my historical romance books! Thanks!

mrsshukra said...

I subscribe via google reader!

L said...

I love how it can hold books and it looks comfortable. I can never find the perfect spot to read and I end up shift like 10 times. I feel like it would make reading more comfortable for me.

I'm a follower.

posted link on sidebar:


throuthehaze said...

i like that it hold the book open so your hands are free
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Martha said...

I love everything about books except how my hands feel after holding the book all day! And I love the pink book buddy! mep@esva.net

Sue W. said...

I always read in my chair in my sunroom and find it difficult with just a bookmarker to keep the book open. This looks not only comfortable but extremely practical to use. I think I could really snuggle up with a book using the reading comfort book buddy.

Sue W. said...

I'm a follower.

Sheila DeChantal said...

What a great idea! I am always reading in a chair and no matter how I hold the book, my wrist gets tired and I have to switch it up or take a break. This looks awesome! I would love to win this and will definitely keep you in mind for a great gift idea for my bookie friends! I'll be back with a link to my blog... stay there... :)


Sheila DeChantal said...

I am back and I have added this to my blog... click my name her and it will take you to the correct page. Thank you.

I am following you as well. great blog!

amanda said...

I love that you don't have to worry about losing your page. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

I read all the time! The book buddy would be perfect for reading in bed, especially. I love that it holds your pages down (to leave me hands-free for holding a warm yummy drink). JayTiffanyOlson@gmail.com

Elizabeth McKenzie said...

I would love the hands free feature the most.

Elizabeth McKenzie said...

I have just become a follower

Elizabeth McKenzie said...

I posted a link here http://elizabethmckenzie.blogspot.com/

dag888888 said...

I want to win this because the book buddy is something I really need! Thanks!

dag888888 said...

I am a follower!

Anonymous said...

What a great giveaway! I would sure love to win this cute pink book buddy. It would go wonderfully with my Mom's decor. My sister and I both live at home and are both in college. We both spend hours per day studying with large text books and the Book Buddy would be a great way to read for long hours at a time. If I win, I promise to share the Book Buddy with my sister and my Mom, who reads a lot of books and belongs to a book club.

LynnS (emailed you)

Anonymous said...

This pillow looks great. I can imagine it on my lap, for comfortable, hands-free reading.


Laura said...

This looks like a great idea, I can do hands free reading!! I also signed up to be a follower of your blog.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I want one! I do a lot of my reading in bed or on the couch, and this would make it so comfortable. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!!


sphinx63 said...

I like the way it holds the pages down, because I read outside a lot and the wind always blows the pages around. This way it would stay flat for me. Thanks!

sphinxcw at aol dot com

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

I think the book buddy is an awesome invention. Would it crease the book is the bigger question. Count me in please.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Posted contest on sidebar.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com


I ♥ Book Gossip said...

Just became a follower.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Cindy (cindysloveofbooks) said...

I just need to correct my email addy. Its cindysloveofbooksarcATgmailDOTcom

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