At least a year ago, I bought a pack of Easy Book Clips after seeing a friend of mine using something similar. This remarkably simple and inexpensive gadget has garnered so many comments when I’ve used it around town, that I really should have mentioned this on this blog a long time ago. As you may know from reading this blog, I own a Kindle, and love it. But I still read many “dead-tree” books, and the easy clip makes it, well, easier.
The Easy Book Clip is a simple bent wire, designed to serve as a bookmark and a “third-hand” to hold your book open when your hands are otherwise occupied. I use this all the time when I’m eating lunch or enjoying a cup of coffee and don’t have a free hand to keep my book open to the proper page. Of course, you have to put down your fried chicken or barbecue sandwich when you need to turn the page, but it beats trying to eat with one hand and hold your place with the other. Hardback and trade paper books will generally lay flat with the Easy Book Clip, making it very easy to read hands free. The clip is also very useful for cooks – no need to get tomato sauce on your prized copy of Cuisine Niçoise after the book closes on itself and you need to find out what to do after the onions caramelize. The book clip will hold your place while you are busy stirring the pot.
At first glance, this looks like something you could make with a bent coat-hanger, and maybe you could. However, the Easy Book Clip is carefully manufactured, comes in some nice colors, is simple, elegant, and inexpensive. I only wish more independent book stores would carry them, as they are easy to misplace…or is someone stealing them? In any case, they are available online at the Easy Book Clips store. You can get an assorted 3-pack for $14.95, but you may want to get two packs since your cheap-skate friends will be “borrowing” them.
Don’t trust me? Here’s another glowing endorsement for “the best book clip EVAH.”