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Sept. 17, 1963 GOULD BOOK STAND REVERSIBLE BOOK HOLDER Filed June 14, 1961 INVENTOR. 45%08 601/40 iitates atent iii-m 3,,lfi'3fih0' Patented Sept. 17, 1963 3,103,766 1300K STAND REVERSIBLE BOOK HOLDER Arthur Gould, 10765 Huston, North Holiywood, Calif. Filed June 14, 1961, Ser. No. 117,074 2 Claims. (Ci. 4582) This invention relates to utility apparatus and more especially to book holders and book stands.
I An object of the invention is to provide a simple, practical and inexpensive book holder of the character described.
Another object of the invention is to provide a nove device for holding a book in a variety of positions to facilitate reading.
A further object of the invention is to provide an improved book holder permitting reading of the book when the user is in a reclined position.
An additional object of the invention is to provide an improved book holder that is reversible and which permits use by a reader lying on his back, however permitting easy page turning.
Other objects and advantages will appear and be brought out more fully in the following specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawing where- FIGURE 1 is an elevation view of a book holder embodying the invention.
FIGURE 2 is a view showing the book holder of FIG- URE 1 in use by a person lying on his back.
FIGURE 3 is a view similar to FIGURE 1 showing a book supported from the front and substantially upright.
FIGURE 4 is a view showing the book holder of FIG- URE 1 mounted on a book stand with the book being held inclined backward from the vertical.
FIGURE 5 is a view similar to FIGURE 3 illustrating the book being supported from the back.
FIGURES 6, 7 and 8 are views showing alternate means for mounting the book holder on other supporting devices.
Referring more particularly to the drawing, the book holder of this invention comprises a base 1 in the form of an elongated channel member having a rear wall 2 and a front wall 3 formed as flange portions of the channel 1. The rear wall 2 is taller than the front wall and at substantially its mid-point supports a vertical shaft 4. A horizontal shaft 5 is slidably secured on vertical shaft 4 and is secured in any adjusted position by a thumb screw 6. Secured to the underside of base 1 is a tube or other element by which the book holder may be adjustably secured on the horizontal bar position of a book stand, as seen in FIGURES 2 and 4, or to a bedpost, as seen in FIGURE 8.
As should be clear from the drawing, the book holder normally supports a book at the bottom on channel 1 and at the center from vertical shaft 4 and at the top from adjustable horizontal shaft 5. The book may be supported from the b ack, as seen in FIGURES 4 and 5,
or in the reverse position from the front, as seen in FIG- URES 2 and 3. The low front wall 3 holds the book open and holds the pages back but permits ready tunning of the pages which can be done by an invalid person such as by a mouth stick, if the reader does not have the use of his hands. When the book is being held, as shown in FIGURES 2. or 3, the pages may be readily turned by tilting the book backwardly, as should be clear. In this case the higher channel wall serves as a shelf on which to rest the book while turning the pages, and the lower channel wall 3 serves to keep the book open while reading.
In summary, the present invention incorporates a book stand reversible book holder for supporting a book from the top, bottom and center, leaving the sides open and free of encumbrance, however permitting the book to be supported in either upright, inclined or flat position, and facing either upwardly or downwardly.
Having described my invention, what I claim is:
l. A book holder as described, comprising, in combination, an elongated base member in the form of a channel adapted to support a book in open position, a narrow vertical shaft extending upwardly from the midpoint of the base member rear flange, a horizontal shaft adjustably positioned near the upper end of the vertical shaft, and tube means secured to said base member to adjustably secure both rotatably and slidably the base member to a book stand part to support said book facing substantially downward whereby the pages of said book are supported solely at the top and bottom thereof.
2. A book holder as described, comprising, in combination, an elongated base member in the form of a channel adapted to support the bottom of a book in substantially open position, a narrow vertical shaft extending upwardly from the mid-point of the base member rear flange to support the center of the book, a horizontal shaft positioned near the upper end of the vertical shaft to support the top of the book and permit page turning, and tube means secured to said base member to adjustably secure both rotatably and slidably the base member to a book stand part, said means being actuatable to position said holder substantially horizontal to support said book facing downward.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 916,901 Trimble Mar. 30, 1909 1,682,180 Merrill Aug. 28, 1928 2,480,233 Fuller Aug. 30, 1949