I was thrilled to receive a Book Buddy II for review from the wonderful Amanda Crawford Designs. This light and elegant pillow has ribbons attached that end in adjustable gold knobs. You slide your book covers into the vertical ribbons and hold the pages open (and mark your place) with the diagonal corner ribbons. All the ribbons can be tightened or loosened depending on the size of your book, easily holding all books from small paperbacks to large hardbacks.
There are several fantastic things about this product. It is so light that it is a joy to use. I don't know how it happens, but somehow it makes the book seem lighter than it is. The fabric is luxurious, it is so pretty to look at! (My Book Buddy is Papillon Gold, but it comes in designs to suit every taste...you can see them here.) It comes with a detachable clear desktop which makes writing notes a breeze (I KNOW I'll be using this for Christmas cards) and it makes setting your laptop on your lap much more comfortable!
The best part is that my hands don't fall asleep anymore. I used to have to switch hands and positions often, especially when reading in bed. Now my hands are free (okay, so I have to sit on them to keep from snacking....that's not my Book Buddy's fault!).
I wish I could take it with me on my travels! Unfortunately, I am a carry-on only girl and my Book Buddy is just a bit too big to take with me in my one small suitcase. It would be great if they made a travel version, maybe replacing the stuffing with an inflatable air pillow.
If you are a serious reader, I highly recommend The Book Buddy II. It makes reading (or writing, or working on your laptop) comfortable and effortless! The Book Buddy II is available for $29.95 from the website and at many bookstores. It has The Tome Traveller Seal of Approval!