How Do You Hold Your Kindle?

I got my first Kindle ebook reader in 2008, and I was instantly sold on the experience. It doesn’t feel like you’re reading on a screen, it’s incredibly space-efficient, I can have instant gratification when I hear about a new-to-me book, and I like that it tells me how much time I have remaining in the current chapter.

Perhaps most of all, I love that I can hold my Kindle with one hand–propped up on a pillow–while reading on my back in bed (or anywhere, but that’s my primary reading position). It leaves the other hand free to…well, almost exclusively pet one of my cats.

Recently, however, I started to notice a bit of an issue with this reading method. Specifically, I strain my neck a little bit when I reach the bottom of the page. This ranges from a mild annoyance to somewhat painful, particularly if my neck or back is bothering me.

So I went searching for some sort of complex contraption that would suspend the Kindle above my face in bed. Instead, I found something much simpler: A Flippy!

A Flippy is a pillow designed specifically to hold Kindles and tablets at 1 of 3 angles. It seemed a lot easier and cheaper than a Kindle skyhook, so I bought one and have been using it for over a week.

Overall, I really like it. I actually put it on top of my standard reading pillow, which is a bit awkward to set up on my chest, but it’s fine after that. It holds the Kindle in a hands-free manner and elevates it high enough that I don’t need to strain my neck to see the last few sentences on each page.

The only remaining issue was that if I unexpectedly shift in bed (such things happen when you have cats), the Kindle can fall on my face. So I tied a string around the top of the Flippy, securing the top of the Kindle. It works like a charm.

How do you hold your Kindle? Have you tried anything like this? Or do you have a completely different reading position that requires a unique method?

5 thoughts on “How Do You Hold Your Kindle?”

  1. I have a tablet holder with a flexible arm that I suspend above my head on the bed. It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.

  2. I’ve tried a few options, but for me I still revert to just holding it. A Popsocket works for holding it, but since moving to the kindle oasis I haven’t needed it as the design makes it nicer to hold (after the original adjustment period).

    I tried an arm for a wee while too but my wife vetoed “that monstrosity” from our bedroom, also, I got frustrated that I had to keep moving my arm to turn the pages as opposed to just applying pressure to my thumb. The height of laziness I know, however reading is supposed to be relaxing for me.

  3. When I read in bed, I usually do it on my side, so I don’t bother my wife, who falls asleep before I do. I use my body and blankets to block the light from her. I have a small tablet rather than a kindle. It’s got a case with a folding cover that can become a stand in landscape orientation, which is perfect when I’m lying on my side. I lock the screen orientation in my reader app, and then set the tablet up on its side.

  4. Lots of pillows! I have the chronic pain, and yes sometimes it hurts so much book holding is a problem. I write this while on a pain break from bed as sometimes it hurts too much :(. I do not kindle, but I make a pillow comforter book stand. And yes I have suffered injury when sleep reading. Bonks on the head. Worse is when I have a clipboard and would sleep crossword puzzle, I actually drew blood once.

    I too have one hand on the cat!

    But why I weighed in was really to tell you to watch Survivor Champions South Africa. I posted again on that thread where I recommended it, it was the post where you talked about the Amazon produced show. I just finished the season, and Jamey it is a must watch. I almost want to watch it again! SO SO GOOD.

    Also I wanted to tell you of a very good book, which you may be aware of, that namedrops your work. It is called Your Move and is about gaming and our relationship to it. Very well done. Two authors, Jonathan Kay and Joan Moriarity. My only compliant was MORE ESSAYS! It even covers the Monopoly controversy. I loved it!!!

    Since I am yapping, another great book is called SuperBetter. It uses gaming to deal w life challenges like chronic pain and depression. I read it a long time ago, but now I am actually doing the challenges etc I find it very useful for reframing challenges into quests and looking for power ups and recruiting allies. Gaming is an analgesic!!! It is scientifically proven that immersive gaming actually blocks the pain signals. It is not just being distracted, but the pain is actually stopped at the neuro level! I found this stunning, but in line w my experience. I can have as pain free moments as possible gaming. Of course, I will be OK during the game, but if it is long and/or intense, the pain can be worse afterwards, but during it is great! The thing is you have to get it down to a level so you can game, but other than that….

    I share the above as your readers might find it helpful. It is a wonderful book, written by a gamer scientist who put in over 5 years studying and experimenting w the program until it was proven to get results!


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