Having been inspired by xkcd’s The Pursuit of Laziness, I can now truly enjoy reading in bed. This is something that has haunted me for years. I remember thinking as a kid that reading in bed should be less work than it is. There is simply no way to read comfortably in bed for more than a few minutes. One system that I came up with as a child was to place the book on the floor and hang my head over the edge. This of course tires your neck almost immediately, so I used to imagine a strap hanging from the ceiling to hold my forehead. I also wanted a bed with a hole cut out for my face to look through and see the book below, possibly with arm holes to turn the pages. Perhaps it’s best that I never implemented those ideas, because the problem has been solved. I can now experience perfectly comfortable reading in bed—except for that darn arthritic shoulder of course.
I took some pictures, but they didn’t really turn out too well. Since the pictures over at xkcd are much better, I will only include one here as proof that I have indeed created an Xtraordinary Kindle Cottage-made Decumbentifier. I’m now trying to figure out how to use decumbent in casual conversation.
The hanger I used has a blue plastic sheathe and plastic nubbins on the ends so it won’t scratch anything. However, the wire is pretty heavy and gave me and my little leatherman some difficulty. I would have really liked a vice or at least another pair of pliers. As a result my XKCD looks like it was made by a troop of boy scouts fighting over the pliers. But the important point is that I can now be lazy in comfort even if not style.
The beauty of the design is that it not only holds the Kindle up for you, but it gives you a convenient “button to push” to change the page. The only complaint I have is that it can’t lay at an angle. Usually my head isn’t completely parallel with the bed (because of the pillow), and it would be nice if the Kindle could be held at about a 10°. However, it has to work with the Kindle in both orientations (i.e. whether I’m laying on my right side or my left), which the current design does perfectly (thanks to a “next page” button on both sides of the Kindle).
Unfortunately, I still have the glasses problem. Laying on my side squishes my glasses into my head, thereby skewing the lenses and distorting the whole world. Perhaps I can take some old rags and make a Spectacle Stem Support System…