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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2005
One might get the impression that The Book Butler is like a toy.

I urge people to try it.

My wife has multiple sclerosis and has only the use of her left hand. Her vision is also affected so she needs a book held and held at the correct angle.

I think The Book Butler does a credible job at holding books and magazines and paperbacks at the right angle, also, it holds the pages open.

It is superior in function, although not in appearance, to a device with the same function that we bought from Levenger. The Levenger product does have an adjustable angle, but nothing to hold pages open.

The Book Butler is a good start. Designers could benefit by seeing these products in use by handicapped persons; they need more weight to stay in place and to remain standing. But present model is useful. I rate it as "good."
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2005
This book stand is an excellent buy. It's made of really heavy-duty plastic - I would feel comfortable dragging it around in my laptop bag all the time. It holds hardcover books of various sizes and trade paperbacks extremely well. The best feature is, without a doubt, the spring-loaded page holders. They sit less than 6" apart so they fit even my smaller paperbacks, and the springs hold the pages down while I read. The only drawback is that the angle does not adjust, as some of the other book stands do. The book is held at an angle slightly more than 45 degrees from your desk.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
I recently purchased this item, the cost was around $21 and the shipping was $9-00 approx.

The item looks like something you would buy in a toy store, it is flimsy, and the so called page spring holders, are in need of a redesign.

In my opinion, you could make something up yourself, If you need an item like this try and find it in a local store, at least you can see beforehand what you are getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2012
I've had my book butler about 30 years -- the same one! It's been fixed once and I used it another 10 years or so, but is now not useable. Thirty years for a little plastic "toy" looking gadget, but it's worth the $15. my husband paid for it. I'm a constant reader, several hundred books a year, mostly paperbacks, which mine is a perfect size to accommodate. I desperately want to replace it with another just like it, and am frustrated that it is currently unavailable. If the ones being currently made are as good as this one, you won't go wrong with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I got my Book Butler for Christmas years ago (more than seven) when the patent was still pending. I have used it morning, noon, and night for all those years. Every time it has broken, my husband has fixed it with glue and small pieces of wood. But all things have a limited life and the time has ccme for me to get a new one. I don't think I could live my life without it! I don't even want to try. For bookworms like me, it's a terrfic item.
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on July 22, 2010
This is extremely well designed book holder. The first time I saw a Book Butler at a friend's, I knew right away I had to have one for myself. It was hard to track it down in July 2010. I hope the manufacturer has not discontinued it. I purchased two Book Butlers: one because I needed and the other because I liked it so much. It cost around 20 each plus shipping, but it is made in the USA, which I like and support wholeheartedly. The manufacturer stamped on the back is Spartan International Ltd of Sparta NJ.

The holder has the perfect size and reliable sturdiness to it. The plastic used for making it is of good American quality. The page holding pegs are out of the way and yet they do the job perfectly well. There is nothing flimsy about the construction of this book holder.

One thing I would suggest to the manufacturer is to change the color of it, or offer a selection of a couple of colors. Pure white or translucent would be much more attractive than the 1960's light beige currently offered. The springs are squeaky when pegs get moved, this is not a flaw of any sort but it may result in the impression of flimsiness with people who don't know.

Perfect book holder. Get it if you find one.
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