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Best Posture for Reading a Book?

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Created January 25, 2011 at 1:13 AM

I have read Gokhale's book on posture but just cannot seem to find a way to read a book without producing neck strain. Any recommendations? Do I just need to get used to holding my book with arms for extended periods of time or use tables of an appropriate height or something?

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on February 28, 2011
at 06:09 PM

I've got a DodoCase for my Kindle that makes it feel like a hardback book. They actually use a book binding company.

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on January 26, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I also love holding a real book, but I finally broke down and got a Kindle and I'm impressed with how light it is. I also like being able to set it down to read it without having to keep the pages from flipping closed. Great for when I read laying on my belly with my hands propping up my chin.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:10 AM

I kind of hate mine, but I'm weird and like to hold a real book. The way I have to hold my hand to flip the pages aggravates me. And I wish it was backlit.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:51 PM

The book should have some self-referential passages about how one ought to read the book itself.

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on January 25, 2011
at 01:54 AM

This sounds like a non-technical answer, but I read a lot and I've always been partial to the Laz-e-boy & reading lamp combo. If you put your legs up on the footrests that pop out, you can prop the book on your lap and read for hours comfortably. Reading lamp behind the chair to minimize eye strain.

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on January 25, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I lay down on my back. I've seen some studies that suggest sitting is bad for the legs.

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on January 02, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I like your question, and wish there had been answers that worked for me. Pre-trifocal, I could easily read horizontally, propped on an elbow.

Now I find that it is really tough to avoid tilting my neck down in hunchback fashion unless I prop the book up on an elevated surface in front of me...good choice for heavy texts, except for the way they start to lose their shape when sitting half-upright for awhile. I have an elevated and deep mantel in my bedroom that makes it easy to stand and read/write sometimes. I have an elevated computer screen, but it isn't high enough all the same. I don't have a chair that works, even if I pile pillows onto my lap and elevate my arms while holding my book. Not way does that work with a heavy book, just works with light ones.

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on January 26, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I haven't tried it for any extended period time myself but the Kindle (and I imagine other e-readers) seem very conducive to good reading ergonomics. It's light, easy to hold, etc. My wife seems very happy when lying down with hers.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:10 AM

I kind of hate mine, but I'm weird and like to hold a real book. The way I have to hold my hand to flip the pages aggravates me. And I wish it was backlit.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 26, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I also love holding a real book, but I finally broke down and got a Kindle and I'm impressed with how light it is. I also like being able to set it down to read it without having to keep the pages from flipping closed. Great for when I read laying on my belly with my hands propping up my chin.

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on February 28, 2011
at 06:09 PM

I've got a DodoCase for my Kindle that makes it feel like a hardback book. They actually use a book binding company.

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on January 25, 2011
at 10:21 PM

I used to get tired hands from holding books too tightly. Now I rest a book on a pillow on my lap and my hands just rest on the book. Has made a big difference.

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