The 7 Best Desk Lamps that You Can Get Right Now!

I love lamp.

And no. Not in a I'm just looking around the room, seeing things, and saying I love them sort of way.

Seriously. Lamps are awesome. They cannot only illuminate your room, but make it look more complete as well. And desk lamps are an absolute necessity for any who spend their time at a desk reading or writing.

But not all desk lamps are built alike. Some outshine others, while some are just left in the dark.

SO... before I can make another lamp pun, let's shine some light on the lamp situation (Sorry. Couldn't resist.) and take a look at some of the best desk lamps you can buy.

Best Desk Lamps Rated from Best to Worst

My Choices for the 7 Best Desk Lamps

1. TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp with Qi Wireless Fast Charging (Best All-Around)

This is my number choice for best overall lamp. It comes equipped with 5 color temperatures with 7 different brightness settings. You're sure to find the right combination you need for whatever lighting needs you may have. The lighting fixture swivels a full 90 degrees and left and right to ensure your light in directed in the proper direction. It also comes equipped with a sweet night light setting and one hour shut off timer. But wait there's more! The TaoTronics has the Qi Wireless Charging system to wirelessly charge your compatible Apple or Samsung devices. But if you'd rather utilize wired charging, feel free to plug up to two devices into this lamp's USB ports.

 

2. COZOO LED Desk Lamp (Best for Limited Sockets)

The COZOO is a great lamp for those who are in a pinch for electrical sockets--such as dorm rooms. The lamp not only comes with 3 brightness levels with 3 lighting modes, but also with 2 wall outlets! So now, you can plug in your lamp, laptop, and coffee warmer all at the same time! Need to plug in your phone? Well the COZOO has you covered there too with its 3 USB charging ports. Looking to give a great college gift? This is the lamp for you.

 

3. Wanjiaone Desktop Lamp (Perfect for Students or Writers)

This lamp is the perfect selection for writers and students. It's an all-in-one lamp sure to fit all your needs. Need a pen? Check the pen holder. Need to know the time? Check the alarm clock. Need to charge your phone? Check out the fast charging USB port. Its actual lighting feature is pretty standard with 3 different brightness levels , but its other features are what really make this great.

 

4. TaoTronics TT-DL16 Desk Lamp (Best All-Metal Option)

TaoTronics' all metal TT-DL16 is an awesome choice for those looking for a sleek, yet robust lamp. It comes with 5 color modes and 6 different brightness levels. The lamp also boasts an advanced memory system. Just set your favorite settings and revert back with the press of a single button. It's also fully adjustable from all joints so you have the superior angle for whatever your situation calls for.

 

5. Alera Traditional Banker's Lamp (Best for Traditional Styling)

Do you have many leather bound books on your desk? Or does your apartment smell of rich mahogany? Then, this might just be the lamp for you! It's antique finish and decorative pullchain will make you feel more luxurious and studious. The shade itself can also pivot slightly for a better light direction. Although this lamp is pretty standard as far as lamps go, the look and class it adds to your room is second to none.

 

6. HAITRAL Industrial Desk Lamp (Best for Funky Modern Design)

Without its ability to shine, this lamp would be a one-trick pony. But... it does that trick well. Its awesome industrial design lends creativity and style to any room it is placed in. It comes with a standard bulb socket to accommodate any light bulb of your choosing. And since it is shadeless, the HAITRAL can definitely light up a room. Lamps don't have to be just for illumination, and this one proves just that.

 

7. Newport Home Goods Tree Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker (Best Ambiance)

If you're looking for a centerpiece for a room, look no further. This lamp is it. Its super cool, elegant design is sure to capture anyone's eye. But it can also grab their ear as well. With its built-in Bluetooth speaker, you can do just that. Put on some light jazz, dim the light with its easy touch slider, and relax away with a nice glass of Pinot (Noir or Grigio, your choice).

 

Factors to Consider when Buying Your Ideal Desk Lamp

When it comes to choosing anything, there are considerations to be made. This is especially true with desk lamps. After all, it is a light or dark situation!!! (I swear I'm not a comedienne, folks.)

But all joking aside... There are some key elements you should look for including:

Light Quality

Believe it or not, not all light is created equal. Some light can actually be harmful to your body--i.e. blue light. (If you're looking to avoid that... I got a whole article on it!)

But when it comes to quality, there are two major things to look at.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

Simply put, this is how true colors look underneath the given light source. This rating is super important for desk lamps. Imagine working at your desk as a cartoonist. When you go to color fill, you want to make sure that your light source is able to properly convey the color you want. Or else, your greens may be more blue than you think. To avoid this, look for LED bulbs with a high CRI rating. A rating of 85-100 would be best for color contrast situations.

Color Temperature

This measures how a light source's emissions look based on a scale of "warm" and "cool". Warm light tends to have a yellowish, or even orangey hue to it. Whereas cool light produces a brighter, clearer white light.

 

The Right Size for Your Desk

Imagine buying a tiny little clip on desk for a huge Cocobolo desk. How goofy would that look? Plus, it wouldn't even begin to cover the surface area. But put that lamp on a roll away desk in the corner of your dorm room, and you're doing it right. Likewise, don't buy a giant swing arm for a tiny desk. It could over saturate your workstation with light. And you don't want it hanging off your desk either.

When placing your lamp, make sure that the light source is above your eye line, and you can navigate your desk comfortably.

Adjustable

Another key factor to consider is how adjustable the lamp is. Can you swivel it? Does it bend at more than one angle? If you are a strict typist, this may not be too much of a factor. But doing other tasks such as crafting or drawing, a non-adjustable lamp can cause a problem. Make sure to find a lamp that best suits your needs.

My Final Take on the Best Desk Lamps

All of these lamps listed above are awesome! Just remember to shop what you need. Every lamp is different and special. Sometimes, what works in the office doesn't work in the living area. So, be mindful into what you are buying. Welp, I hope I was able to shed some light on the situation and brighten up your day!

Cheers,

 

 


Best Backlit Keyboards

It seems that this Nerdy Book Girl is obsessed with keyboards. But this time, I want to talk about a very specific type of.

Backlit Keyboards.

These are pretty sweet in their own right. They're often a popular choice for the gaming community (Shout out to my fellow WoW Nerds! Lok'tar Ogar!), but that doesn't mean we writers can't take advantage of their awesomeness!

So, I've gone ahead and compiled a list of my top ten backlit keyboards for writers. And if you don't see your favorite on here, reach out to me and let me know! As authoritatively concrete this list is... It can be open for change. ;)

Now enough babbling, it's time for the best backlit keyboards for writers.

The Best Backlit Keyboards for Writers

 

1. Corsair K70 Lux with Cherry MX Blues (Best in Show)

In my opinion, this is the keyboard all the other backlit keyboards want to be when they grow up. It is the true definition of a luxury experience. Encased in a rugged, yet lightweight aluminum frame, this mechanical keyboard can handle all the love that you are going to want to throw at it. The K70 comes available with all Cherry switches, however I prefer the MX Blues for their tactility and audible clickity-clack. Not only that, but it comes with multiple backlit options including the ability to color sync with other Corsair components you may be using. It's also a dream to read with large print font type on the keys making this ideal for late-night typists or for the visually-impaired such as myself. It also comes well-equipped with luxury options such as:

  • Dedicated Multimedia Keys
  • Detachable Soft Wrist Rest
  • USB Pass-through Port
  • and more!

This keyboard is the real deal Holyfield.

 

2. Logitech K810 Wireless (Best Backlit Wireless Keyboard)

This keyboard isn't about all the frills. The Logitech K810's smooth minimalist design focuses more on functionality. But as Ric Flair would say... Whoo! That's a clean keyboard! It's very neatfully arranged and it's compact, low profile arrangement makes for a great placement on any desk. Not to mention the way it handles its illumination. The keys are laser etched to ensure that only the keys' characters are illuminated providing much needed focus on what really matters. On top of all that, it has an auto-adjustment illumination protocol. This means that the keys adjust their brightness due to ambient illumination. It also has a hand proximity detector, so the keys only illuminate when your hands are ready to type saving you power when not typing.

 

3. Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac (Best Backlit Keyboard for Mac)

The Matias is the keyboard Apple never made but should have. Keeping with true Mac style, it provides the user with a sleek and modern design. But don't lets simplicity fool you. Because this is far from your ordinary keyboard. It has a full 2mm of key travel allowing for the tactile leanings and responsiveness you have come to expect form a Mac. The back light can be 100% adjusted via a color wheel enabling either pure white at night (avoiding that blue light) or different hues in order to match your personality. Simply scroll the color wheel and the rainbow is at your fingertips. Another handy feature is that the keyboard has a USB 2.0 port built in. This is great for a mouse, smartphone connection, or jump drive containing the nuclear codes.

 

4. Azio Large Print Backlit Wired Keyboard (Best for Tired Eyes)

I don't know about you, but my eyes aren't as good as they used to be. Which--for the record--wasn't really that good to begin with. But this keyboard really alleviates extra strain on your eyes allowing you to type at your very best. The back light comes equipped with three different colors: red, blue, and purple. And while it is simplicity at its finest, it does have multimedia control keys to give you a better user experience.

It's also winner of our NBG Ballin' on a Budget Award for Keyboards. So, those looking not to break the bank should definitely consider the Azio as a viable option.

 

5. UtechSmart Saturn Rainbow Gaming Keyboard with Wrist Rest (All the Bells and Whistles)

This UtechSmart keyboard is definitely geared more towards the gaming community. With the Saturn, you can choose between 7 different color settings to maximize your gaming experience. Another awesome feature it has is the ability to lock Windows/Context keys when gaming which prevents interruptions. There's nothing as frustrating as when you're wrecking kids in Arena with that Disc Priest and you accidentally press that little windows key. Next thing you know, you reenter your game to the sneers of a ten year old and your team asking WTF? But, I digress. Another frustrating thing that can happen is multiple key rollovers accompanied by too many keys pressed at once. Many times your keyboard can totally crash, and that's no bueno. The Saturn allows for up to 19 keys to be pressed simultaneously and not break your gear. While I'm at it, I should mention those neat little drainage holes on the side just in case you spill any sweet gamer fuel or Emergency Author Initializer (Coffee.)

 

6. Logitech K740 Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard (Best Ultra-thin Backlit Keyboard)

This Logitech is very similar to the K810 above. The main difference between the two is that the K740 is wired. This means no more waiting for it to charge. I personally am a fan of wired keyboards because my needs don't warrant wireless. But I do love the ultra-thin design of the K740. I believe that a thinner keyboard provides a more comfortable writing experience. My number one wish for both Logitechs is that they came available as a mechanical option with Cherry MX Blues.

 

7. Artech HB030B Universal Portable Bluetooth Keyboard (Best Backlit Keyboard for Travel)

If you like to travel and write while doing so, this could be the perfect backlit keyboard for you. With its ultra-thin frame and extremely lightweight build, the Artech is perfect for carrying around in a backpack, messenger bag, or purse. (Yes. Purse. Don't lie ladies... you know we got those Mary Poppins purses.) Plus it comes with an industry high battery life of 6 MONTHS! That's just nuts. It also works for the big 4 platform and OS's (iOS, Mac OS, Windows, Android), so typing onto anything becomes a breeze. It's backlit capabilities also make it awfully convenient when typing from inside a tent in the middle of nowhere.

 

Why Choose a Backlit Keyboard?

There are definitely some advantages to using an illuminated keyboard. However, it boils down to two major pros.

  1. You can totally use your keyboard in the dark.
  2. It looks flippin cool!

Let's talk a bit about the former. Honestly, I am super lucky to have my dream job as my full time job. That is... I write for a living and mostly during the day. However, I know that's not the case for everyone. Some of you are sneakily trying to write your first novel while the kids are asleep. Or are pursuing writing as a hobby. And mostly...at night.

I still remember the struggle of trying to write on my old laptop when I was first starting out. The keyboard was not backlit and I was trying to angle the glow from my screen to illuminate my keys. It hurt. It hurt my neck, my eyes, my head, AND my feelings. There needed to be a better way. As my needs grew, I could no longer take the inconvenience of a non-backlit keyboard. I made the switch years ago, and never looked back.

As far as looking cool goes, it true. It totally rocks. As I mentioned above, I like to game. And doing so with my fingers glowing red as I rain down destruction kicks ass.

5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Backlit Keyboard

Just as any major purchase goes, you should put some thought in to choosing the right keyboard for you. So, here are five different things you should consider before making your purchase.

Brightness and Adjustability

How bright does the keyboard illuminate? Are you looking for a soft glow or a full-on cornea assault? Make sure you understand just how bright you are looking for. The best option would be to go with a keyboard that can adjust. Or even better one that auto adjusts due to your ambient light.

Programmable Lighting

This may be more for gamers, but... Can you program what parts of your keyboard are illuminated? This can help you zero in and focus on the proper keys.

Lighting Bleed

This refers to how much light bleed is coming from your keys. Is the back light illuminating just the keys? Or everything else? Are there borders between colors or does it look like a dysfunctional rainbow. Look for minimal bleed. Crisp, sharp keys not only feel professional, but reduce the stress on your eyes.

Key Layout

Do you have teeny hands? Or are they soooo YUGE! Like the Yugest hands ever? Either way... How the keys are laid out on a keyboard can really affect how you type and your comfort level. Be sure to choose the appropriate size to prevent hand cramps in the middle of long form typing.

Keyboard Type

Mechanical vs Membrane Keyboards. That is the question. Well, it all depends on your preference. Many writers--myself included-- just love a good mechanical keyboard. Sometimes when writing, I get lost in my senses and I miss keys. Lots of them. But with an audible switch and a higher key resistance, I can actually hear and feel what I am typing.

Membrane keyboards are nice if you have a light touch or are casually writing. They allow for a much faster overall experience out of the box. This is because instead of mechanical switches on each key there are a series of membranes and pressure pads. This means less effort is required when depressing keys. But it leads to many more mistypes (at least for me anyway). I can definitely tell the difference when typing on my laptop (membrane) vs when using an external keyboard (mechanical).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqN3kxbhePE

 

Backlit Keyboards: Are they right for you?

In all reality, unless you have some personal vendetta against them or you are overly proud that you can touch type on your keyboard in the dark... A backlit keyboard is a good choice. Like I said before, they literally changed my whole writing experience and for the better. But to each their own I guess.

If you have any questions concerning backlit keyboards or if I left your favorite out of my list, let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Cheers,

 

 


The Best Keyboards for Writers

I just love the feel of holding a pen and letting it free flow upon my favorite Moleskine. Seeing the words pour out upon the paper makes me feel like one of the great classic writers of old. But... Let's be real for a second. Writing by hand is a thing of the past. And when doing some serious long form writing... Thank goodness. I just don't see how those Old Masters did it. Hand cramps for days... Yikes. Luckily, we're in the 21st Century and have awesome word processing capabilities and keyboards that make our writing lives easier.

But are all keyboards built the same? They're just a bunch of plastic keys. Can't be that different, right?

Wrong. Some are mechanical. Some are backlit. Each one is unique.

So, let's jump in and take a look into some of the best keyboards for writers!

The Best Keyboards for Writers Ranked Best to Worst

1. Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo (Best in Show)

Not to play on the whole Vulcan thing, but this keyboard is like the Starship USS Enterprise of Keyboards. Its futuristic look and feel make you feel like Captain Kirk boldly typing what no man (or WOMAN!) has typed before. And it's not just the look of this keyboard that sets it apart from others. It's the keys themselves. The keys are Roccat Titan Switches that claim to be 20% faster than any other mechanical keyboard on the market. The keys provide maximum bounce back with minimum chatter allowing for a smooth typing experience. On top of that (literally), the Roccat comes equipped with an aluminum top plate. This adds a lightweight durability to this awesome typing experience. The biggest drawback to this keyboard is its price. It's not necessarily the cheapest option on this list, but definitely one of the best keyboards for writers.

 

2. Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business (Best Ergonomic Keyboard)

When it comes to ergonomic keyboards, it's one of two things. You either hate them or love em. Their unique split design can be confusing to some. But those that use them love the comfort they provide. This keyboard has all the bells and whistles of a premium ergonomic keyboard. Contoured palm resting pads, domed keyboard design positioned, angled keys, the works. If you're looking for an ergonomic keyboard... This is your best bet. Just like the Roccat above, the Microsoft Sculpt is not cheap. But... well worth the money for those who spend the majority of their time on a keyboard.

 

3. Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard (Best Wireless Keyboard)

Are you a Mac owner? Or perhaps you're a PC person? Do you use a tablet or smartphone to write? Doesn't matter This keyboard is like the one size fits all of keyboards.  It is compatible with nearly every device you can think of. And... it's wireless! Just connect via Bluetooth and you're ready to go. The keyboard takes only two AAA batteries and claims that it can run up to two full years on a single set. Now, that's impressive. When it comes to wireless capabilities and compatibility, this Logitech should be your top choice.

 

4. Azio Retro Bluetooth Artisan (Ms. Congeniality Award)

Now, if you're like me this might just be the keyboard for you. For me, writing isn't just a hobby. It's a passion. A total experience. And... I may just be a little extra at times. This keyboard is a full on package. It's funky and retro, but high functioning and practical. The clicky clacky of the keys emulates an old-school typewriter. And it may have one of the coolest top plates around. Leather framed by a zinc aluminum alloy. But as far as practicality is concerned, it comes equipped with Bluetooth so it can be used as a wireless device. It is also supported on both Mac and PC. So good looks and great function... This thing reminds me a lot of me. But like some of the others on this list... It can be a bit expensive.

 

5. Razor Huntsman Elite (King of the Keystrokes)

The Razor Huntsman Elite definitely lives up to its name as being an elite keyboard. It has one of the fastest response times available on the market today. The keys are super lightweight and easy to press, but provide that clicky assurance that we are all looking for. Oh, did I forget to mention its durability rating? The Huntsman Elite boasts a durability of up to 100 MILLION keystrokes. Jeez Louise! That's insane. For professional writers, the Razor may be the perfect choice.

 

6. Microsoft Universal Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard (Best Keyboard for Travel)

Are you a writer on the go? Or perhaps a travelling blogger? You need a keyboard that works great and travels better. That's why this foldable keyboard is just so awesome! The keyboard can last up to three months on just a single charge--or less if you use it often. Now, the thing is... This keyboard works awesome with mobile devices. And that's about it. So no hooking your laptop or desktop up to this one. But for those on the go, this can be an invaluable tool.

 

7. CORSAIR K68 (Most Balanced of the Bunch)

This keyboard is just a great all around choice. Not too fancy, but definitely high quality. It comes fully equipped with Cherry MX Red Keyswitches which allows for optimum performance and silent running. However, the best feature of this keyboard is (For me, anyway) is that it is spill and dust resistant! I am so terrified to keep my teacup near my computer as I type. This could be a great option for klutz such as myself and one of the best keyboards for writers.

 

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Keyboard

There are several factors you should look into before buying a keyboard.

Wired vs Wireless

This is a huge quality of life decision you need to make before purchasing. Each has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. Wired keyboards are awesome for their response time. Because the keyboard is directly hard wired to your device, there is much less response time lost than with wireless keyboards. Plus, if for some reason you don't have a good wireless connection...you're still good to go. Also, there's no need for you to charge or buy batteries.

As far as wireless goes, the freedom of being away from your device can be liberating. Anybody else use a smart TV or monitor to cruise Netflix? I know I do. And being able to change between binge worthy shows from the comfort of my own couch... Priceless. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and what purpose you will use your keyboard for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-kk5KMhD74

Mechanical vs Membrane

So... what in the heck does this even mean? Well, it refers to the way the keys are actually pressed. With membrane keyboards, a series of membranes and pressure pads transfer data for the keys to be pressed. These membranes are often very lightweight in nature leading to a lighter overall keyboard. They are also much quieter than typing on a mechanical keyboard and definitely cheaper to boot.

A mechanical keyboard on the other hand uses an actual mechanical device such as a switch to actuate the key press. Whenever you see a missing key cap on a keyboard... it's probably a mechanical keyboard. The removable key caps makes the keyboard much easier to clean. Mechanical keyboards also tend to be sturdier than their membrane counterparts. All in all, mechanical types make the best keyboards for writers. However, they are a bit noisier, heavier, and more expensive than membrane types.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVtjCbpW7as

Durability

Before purchasing a keyboard, you should definitely look to make sure that the durability is rated for exactly what you need it for. For hardcore writers, you should look for the highest durability you can. This is often measured via keystrokes. But sometimes, this can be a little misleading. So when looking for durability, I would recommend that you assess your usage. If you are gonna need that extra ruggedness, be sure to look into picking up a mechanical keyboard.

In Summary

Choosing the best keyboards for writers may seem like a simple decision. But... don't be so hasty. If you're a simple writer with simple needs, choose what you like and what's within your budget. But... if you're a serious writer, be sure to take into consideration all other factors before jumping to a decision.

Cheers,


Audible Review: Is It Really Worth the Hype?

I love snuggling up with a good book. A comfy chair, a glass of wine, and the feel of the pages between my fingertips… Doesn’t get much better than that.

However, I don’t always have the luxury of that kind of comfort reading. Thankfully, I can still get get my read on through another means.

Audiobooks.

And when it comes to audiobooks, there’s no place I’d rather check than Audible. It is hands-down the most dominant audiobook marketplace available today and for many reasons.

In this article, you will learn:

  • Why you should choose to listen to audiobooks
  • How Audible has the right selection for readers of all types
  • How does Audible work
  • Pricing options available with Audible
  • About Special Promotions with Audible
  • How to get your first 2 books free!

Before we begin, I would like to state an open disclaimer. I will be using affiliate links within this article. However, that does not change my opinion in any way. Those links just help keep hot tea a-brewin so I can keep bringing you these sweet reviews. Now… Let’s get on with the article!

Why Should You Listen to Audiobooks?

Before we jump head first into all things Audible, let's tackle the big question.

Why audiobooks? Isn’t that cheating?

In all honesty, listening to an audiobook is very comparable to reading. You are just focusing your input in a different way. And there are many reasons why choosing an audiobook over a regular book is the right decision.

Accessibility Reasons

Accessibility isn’t a luxury. It’s a human right. There are many readers out there struggling with traditional books due to the difficulty of reading print. Instead of hoping that your favorite author’s latest novel is available in large print text, just grab an audiobook and enjoy. Those who are blind and visually impaired oftentimes find difficulty in getting special Braille books. Audiobooks can easily solve that problem.

Great for On-the-Go Readers

Many times bringing along a book when travelling seems like a great idea. But let’s face it… Just how much quality reading can actually get done? Sure, you can bring along some noise cancelling headphones. And you might be great at ignoring potential visual distractions. But with audiobooks you don’t have to worry about those. Simply put on some headphones, kick back, and enjoy a good story.

Better Comprehension

There are three majorly accepted ways to learning. Reading, doing, and listening. For all you readers and doers out there, thumbing through pages may help you soak in the information better. But what about the listeners? Audiobooks can help you with your comprehension and retention.

Convenience

There’s nothing more frustrating than picking up a new book and having zero time to read it. My shelves are full of books I’ve picked up but have never really had the time for. With audiobooks, you don’t have to go through this. Listen to your book at the gym, on the bus, or at the office. The possibilities are endless.

Greater Engagement

Text is just that. Text. Words on Paper. When we read, it’s up to us as readers to provide the voice and emotion for them. However, such isn’t the case with audiobooks. Those narrating often provide appropriate tone and timbre for the matter. By hearing this aloud, you can actually start to get more into what’s being read and engage even deeper into the story.

As you can see, listening to audiobooks can benefit everybody. But is there an audiobook for everybody out there?

Audible’s Massive Audiobook Collection

Do thrillers and horror stories keep you up late at night? Or is it steamy romance novels that scramble your eggs in the morning? Or maybe you’re like me and enjoy epic space marine battles that save the galaxy from the throes of destruction?

Either way, there’s an audiobook for that. And they can all be found on Audible.

Audible has the largest database of audiobooks available with over 475,000 options! It’s mathematically improbable that Audible doesn’t have an audiobook that’s just perfect for you.

How Exactly does Audible Work?

Audible works on a credit based system. This means you subscribe for credits and trade those credits in for audiobooks.

For instance, with Audible’s Gold Monthly plan, you receive one credit per month. This equates to one audiobook per month. Upgrading your plan can garner you more credits monthly, thus more audiobooks. Simple. And if you’re curious what happens if you don’t use those credits… They do rollover, so you never miss out on getting your new audiobook.

Once purchased, accessing your audiobook is a breeze. They can be listened to on any PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, or Alexa device. Your audio library is always readily available at your fingertips.

And once you purchase an audiobook, it’s yours for life. Even if you cancel your subscription. But if for any reason you don’t enjoy your audiobook, refund for a no questions asked money back guarantee. Through Audible’s Great Listens Guarantee, you can return any audiobook purchased for any reason within 12 months of purchase. Talk about customer service.

Audible Price Guide

PriceCredits EarnedRollover Credit Limit
Gold Monthly$14.95/month1 per Month5 Maximum
Gold Annual$149.50/year12 per Year6 Maximum
Platinum Monthly22.95/month2 per Month10 Maximum
Platinum Annual$229.50/year24 per Year12 Maximum

Special Promotions with Audible

Aside from audiobooks, there is another thing Audible has no shortage of.

Sales, promotions, and deals.

Seriously. Audible is constantly offering something interesting. Whether it’s a 2 Books for 1 Credit deal or receiving a discount on an annual membership, Audible always has something to offer.

They also place certain audiobooks on sale that you can just purchase outright.

These offers do change up however. But don’t be discouraged. Maybe the next deal offered is an even better one for you.

How to Get Free Audiobooks from Audible

Yep. You read that right. You can get free audiobooks from Audible. Here’s how.

First, head over to Audible and register for their 30 day free membership. Next, download any two books that you desire.

That’s it.

After thirty days, your subscription will automatically start at $14.95/month. However, you can cancel your free trial at any point within those 30 days. And the best part is… You get to keep those two books you downloaded!

Doesn’t get much better than that.

Is Audible Worth It?

If you are into (or planning on entering) the world of audiobooks... Audible is absolutely worth it.

Audible’s extensive selection, exclusive promos, and awesome refund policy make it a hard service to top.

If you are a casual reader, perhaps it’s best if you stick to one of their Gold plans. But if you have a much more voracious appetite for reading, the Platinum plans should definitely be considered. As far as price is concerned, these plans are a pretty affordable venue for audiobooks.

Plus with the two extra free books from the trial… Consider me sold.

Cheers,

 


Kindle Unlimited vs Prime Reading: Which is Best for You?

Take look at your bookshelf.

It’s probably organized to your little quirks. Maybe it’s arranged alphabetically by author title? Or simply book height. Or it’s like mine… Disorganized as all get out.

Seriously. My shelf starts with the I Ching and ends with Stephen King’s memoir on the craft (On Writing, seriously a good read.) with a few comic book omnibuses peppered throughout. But I do have a few set-aside.

The ones I haven’t read.

We all have those books that we are just gonna get to later. But what happens when we don’t?

If you’re a voracious reader such as myself this can pose a problem. However, it doesn’t have to be.

Thanks to the world of online communications and eBooks, a literary universe lies just beneath your fingertips. And there’s one major player.

Amazon.

Along with their ever-growing assortment of goods and services, they have two specific items of interest to us “Bookaphiles”.

Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime Reading.

Awesome, huh? But you might just be thinking…”But why two? Surely, one would suffice. What’s really the difference?”

Trust me. Before I got into it, I was asking the same questions. However, a close examination concludes that each of these two services has their own merits.

Let’s take a closer look into each of them and find out which option is the best one for you.

Kindle Unlimited

Could you imagine holding the keys to one of the greatest libraries ever amassed? That wonder and imagination is now a concrete reality.

Kindle Unlimited provides you access to over ONE MILLION different titles and options! This not only includes ebooks but cookbooks and magazines as well.

And for less than your daily cup of coffee, you can indulge in this literary heaven. For a monthly subscription, you pay just $9.99!

That’s insane. Like seriously. I have paid overdue library fines bigger than that. (Don’t judge me. The Brothers Karamazov can become a lot longer of a read than expected.) But really, that’s a hell of a price.

They do offer prepaid packages in 6, 12, and 24-month increments which make for great gifts for other like-minded individuals.

Still on the fence though? Amazon provides a free one month trial for those interested. So… there’s no need to hesitate.

Right now, you’re probably saying to yourself… “Yeah yeah, what’s the catch? There’s got to be some kind of limit.”

And you’re not wrong. You can only check out a measly 10 books at a time. (Although that time is unlimited.)

I hope you were able to catch that sarcasm coming through the font. But other than that there are a few points of concern you should look at.

Kindle Unlimited is lacking in what some like to call the Big 5 of Publishing.

THE BIG 5

Hachette
Macmillan
Penguin Random House
HarperCollins
Simon and Schuster

If you have a favorite author, there is a good chance that they are not available on Kindle Unlimited. But if your appetite for reading extends to independent authors and self-publishers, this is an awesome resource!

This leads to the next major pitfall of Kindle Unlimited.

Most indie titles cost under $5. So if you aren’t as hungry of a reader, maybe Kindle Unlimited isn’t for you. But instead our other option…

Amazon Prime Reading

So let me preface this by saying that in order to utilize Amazon Prime Reading, you must first be a subscriber to Amazon Prime. And if you do anything at all on Amazon on a semi-regular basis… You should be on Amazon Prime. Nuff said.

Now. Amazon Prime gives you unlimited access to a rotating selection of top Kindle books, magazines, comics, and audible options.

When pit against Kindle Unlimited, the amount of books available pales in comparison. But… the books are much different. As stated above, Kindle Unlimited is missing the Big Five and focuses primarily on Indie authors.

That restriction does not apply to Amazon Prime Reading. With Prime Reading, you get full access to Kindle top-selling items. So, if you’re one to gravitate to New York Times bestsellers… this might be a better platform for you.

Just as with Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Prime (thus Prime Reading) comes with a 30-day free trial.

Sounds great huh? But there is no such thing as perfection. (Unless we count my Granny’s peanut butter cookies. But I digress…)

Amazon Prime Reading can only be used by those based in the US. So for all you international readers… I’m sorry. But Kindle Unlimited has overseas locations. But you will be limited to selections from your particular location.

What’s Best for You?

Given this information, what’s the best platform for you?

There are definite perks and pitfalls to each. So, only you can make that choice. What I can tell you is this. Having one or the other is a wonderful way to not only enhance your library but your reading life as well.


The 10 Best Blue Light Filter Glasses of 2019

Is it just me or does anyone else spend a crazy amount of time on their cell phone? No? Perhaps your computer? Or maybe tablet or e-reader?

Nowadays, it’s kind of hard to avoid. We are in the age of technology after all. The Digital Era. But as much as this tech can make our lives easier or entertain, it can also put a strain on our minds and bodies. More specifically through harmful light rays.

Enter blue light and UV blocking lenses and glasses.

These lenses can help to alleviate problems caused by prolonged exposure to harmful light. But remember… Not all glasses are built the same. There are so many duds and fakes out there on the market. Let’s help guide you away from the knock-offs and towards the best blue light filter glasses out there.

Remember, these aren’t just snazzy sunglasses. But if you’re looking for those, head over to our friends over at USImprints.com! They’ve got those cool custom sunglasses just for you.

The 10 Best Computer Glasses Ranked Best to Worst

Best Blue Light Glasses Reviews

#1. KLIM Optics Blue Light Blocking Glasses (Best Overall)

The KLIM Optics Blue Light blocking glasses score our overall top pick. Their sleek design offers one of the highest blue light filtering percentages out of all the glasses we have scoped out. They are exceptionally lightweight and comfortable for your face. Although they pack a punch quality-wise, they are not too hard on your budget. With these, you get more than you pay more. These truly are one of the best blue light blocking glasses. 

  • German Made Lenses
    • These German made lenses filter out a whopping 86% of blue light. This rating is much higher than the industry average.
  • Durable and Lightweight
    • The frames are made partly out of TR90, an extremely durable yet lightweight material. The glasses weigh in at only 20g, so they will rest comfortably on your nose.
  • Yellow Filter
    • The yellow tint actually helps to further reduce your blue light exposure. It will take a minute for you to adjust after putting them on, but you will be glad that you did.

#2. Holland & Jagger Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses (Best for Home Use)

These blue light filter glasses are the ultimate in blue light protection. They have a maximum blue light filter allowing zero blue light access to your eyes. The Holland & Jagger’s are actually FDA approved so you can rest easy knowing your product will be top notch.

  • 8 Separate Protective Coatings
    • Each pair of glasses comes with 8 different protective coatings to help enhance your experience. These include anti-glare, scratch resistance, and anti-UV coatings.
  • Maximum Blocking Power
    • These glasses boast to prevent 100% of blue light from entering your eyes. And with its FDA claim… that speaks volumes. With that being said, the yellow tint on these are much heavier than other glasses.
  • Great Customer Care
    • These glasses come with a protective case and cleaning cloth to help prevent the wear and tear of extended use. They also come with a 90 day money back guarantee for all those not sold on its abilities.

#3. PROSPEK – Premium Computer Glasses (Best for Office Wear)

The Prospek premium computer glasses are our selection for the most professional looking pair of blue light blocking glasses. There is no yellow tint on them. Gone are the prying questions and silly looks you may get from jealous coworkers. On top of that, they actually function very well. 

  • 50% Coverage
    • These lenses block out 50% of blue light. Much less than the ones above it. Yet, the lenses are clear with no yellow tint. This makes them perfect for office wear with no color distortion
  • All Devices Covered
    • The Prospects were developed to ensure that all computer screens, phones, and tablet blue light frequencies are covered.
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
    • These come equipped with a 90 day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee for those who feel these aren’t the right fit.

#4. Fitover Anti-Blue Blocking Computer Glasses w/ Flex Frame (Best Fitover)

If you wear corrective lenses, buying any form of eyewear can be an absolute nightmare. You need to take off your corrective glasses, but then you can’t see through your cool new shades. Or perhaps all you can find are extremely bulky fitovers. Either way, not fun. With these, however, you can still experience the benefits of blue light protection. 

  • Flexible Frame
    • These glasses have a much more flexible frame than most other fitovers on the market. No need to worry if you will end up snapping them when putting them on. Great for teenagers or unruly adults.
  • Amber Colored Lenses
    • These lenses filter out 100% of blue light and provide extra protection with their amber tint. These do require a bit getting used to due to the darker nature of color distortion. May not be ideal for gamers before an adjustment period.
  • FDA Certified
    • These fitovers are FDA certified ensuring that the the protection you want is the protection you are getting.

#5. GAMEKING Ultra Lightweight Blue Light Blocking Clip-on Computer Glasses (Best Clip-On)

Not a fan of the fit over style glasses, but still need something to wear with your corrective lenses? Look no further than the GAMEKING Ultra lightweight clip-ons. These clip-ons fit on almost every other corrective frame. 

  • Lightweight and Super Durable
    • These clip-ons weigh only 8g! Coupled with other lightweight corrective glasses, these can become the lightest blue light blocking glasses on the market. They are also incredibly durable. They have passed the FDA Drop Ball test ensuring maximum impact resistance.
  • Anti Blue Light and UV
    • They have a blockage percentage of 60% of all blue light. The lenses do allow some blue light to pass through to ensure long term effects of blue light deficiency are not experienced.
  • Lifetime Breakage Warranty
    • These come equipped with a LIFETIME WARRANTY! These clip-ons are definitely worth every penny.

#6. Swannies Gamer and Computer Eyewear (Best for Gaming)

In the world of competitive gaming, fashion is not overlooked. Many picture gamers as plain and drab. But the truth is… that is normally far from the case. For those looking for blue light blocking abilities with bold fashion, look no further. The Swannies come in an exotic tortoiseshell pattern sure to make a statement. But that’s not all they can do. 

  • Unique Lenses
    • These are outfitted with orange lenses that block blue light better than other lenses. They are made out of CR-39 for superior clarity and lightweight for maximum wearability. Also, they are coated with anti-reflective and anti-glare coatings.
  • Acetate Frame and Spring Hinges
    • The acetate frame is more environmentally friendly than other petroleum-based plastics. Coupled with spring hinges for maximum flexibility, these glasses surely will outperform the competition.
  • Sizes Available
    • We all know that “one size fits all” is normally a lie. That’s why these glasses come in multiple sizes to best fit your head. The glasses are even customizable all the way down to lense dimensions.

#7. GAMMA RAY 003  Computer Glasses w/ Magnification (Best for Reading)

You may not need full-time corrective lenses. Many don’t. But some of us still need reading glasses. Reading glasses are not necessarily corrective but provide a degree of magnification to cut through all the fine print. Gamma Ray Optics offers just what you need, but with blue light blocking technology. 

  • Differing Degrees Available
    • Whatever your needs are, Gamma Ray is sure to have a set of blue light blocking glasses for you.
  • Simple and Stylish
    • These come in an all black plastic frame ready to suit all occasions. They are not, however, the coke bottle frames of the past yet sleek, modern design.
  • Great Customer Care
    • Comes with a 90-day money back guarantee and a lifetime breakage warranty on both frame and lenses.

#8. Cyxus Blue Light Filter Computer Glasses(Honorable Mention)

For those of you searching for basic pair of blue light filter glasses. This is the pair for you. They are a simple black frame with clear lenses. They have no magnification or color tint. Their sole purpose is to block out harmful blue light. They are a global brand and able to ship just about anywhere.

#9. Gamma RAY 010 Slim Vintage Computer Readers(Honorable Mention)

These Gamma Ray Optics glasses are another set of plain and simple glasses. They do however come in varying grades of magnification as needed. They also come in three separate colors. You are sure to find a matching fit with a pair of these. These are shaped with a more vintage style than the previous Gamma Ray eye wear.

#10. TIJN Blue Light Blocking Glasses (Honorable Mention)

This pair of blue light blocking glasses is for those looking to make a statement. They are square shaped and completely transparent. Don’t let the transparency fool you though. They are well equipped with anti blue light properties. Although they will not block as much as the others on this list, you will look cool doing so.

Dave Asprey Glasses

Bulletproof 360 Guru and successful entrepreneur Dave Asprey have made quite a name for himself. He has created a successful program for a healthy way of life and is an INTERNATIONALLY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR! Maybe it’s his glasses?

Dave is a huge proponent of blue light filter glasses he has popularized his own style: True Dark Glasses.

Their reddish-orange tint and sleek design make seeing better look good.

Key Information You Need to Know about Blue Light

So, What Actually is Blue Light?

Ok. Picture this. Light can be represented on a rainbow scale.

You remember ROY G BIV from elementary school, right? If not… here’s a quick refresher.

R- Red

O- Orange

Y- Yellow

G- Green

B- Blue

I- Indigo

V- Violet

ROY G BIV is the order of the colors in a rainbow.

Now. Follow me here. Time to get our science on.

Science of Blue Light

Light has been observed to move in wave-like patterns. When represented on a graph, it looks a little something like this:

The upper most points are called the crests.

These crests are very important for determining wavelength. Because wavelengths are measured by the distance from one crest to another.

Back to those colors. It has been also observed that colors at the beginning of the rainbow– i.e. Red and Orange– have longer wavelengths.

That means that the waves are less intense due to a fewer number of waves transmitted in any given amount of time.

On the other hand, colors at the end of the rainbow– i.e. Blue, Indigo, and Violet– have much shorter wavelengths.

This means that these shorter wavelength colors are much more intense due to a higher number of waves transmitted in any given amount of time.

So, BLUE LIGHT is a high intensity, high energy form of light. But the most inconvenient part of this is… Blue light falls on the visible light spectrum (not all light is visible–different lesson for a different time).

And it’s becoming more and more common.

Common Sources of Blue Light Exposure

As I mentioned earlier, your favorite devices and gadgets may be causing more harm to you than you know.

You see, one of the most common sources of blue light is through LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

LEDs today are found pretty much everywhere. From flashlights, to light bulbs, to your television set. Why is that? Because they are a wonderful source of pure bright light.

Other common sources of blue light from LEDs come from:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Tablets
  • E-readers
  • Digital Clocks
  • Smart watches

Essentially, any gadget with a backlit screen. Now, you may not stare at your digital clock for hours on end. But cell phones, computers, tablets, and e-readers pose an actual credible risk for overexposure to blue light.

Blue Light- Advantages and Disadvantages

Now. blue light isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it can be good for you. Let’s go over some of the differences between good blue light and bad blue light.

Good Blue Light

  • Regulates your Circadian Rhythm
    • Blue light is actually extremely important in maintaining your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is your body’s internal sleep/wake cycle. This is most effective when you receive blue light exposure during daytime hours. Prolonged exposure to blue light in the evening, however, can have an adverse effect. Too much blue light at nighttime– say from an e-reader– can actually mess with this cycle. Instead of reading to help you sleep, it can keep you awake and lead to daytime tiredness.
  • Great for Psychological Well Being
    • Blue light is also used for therapeutic purposes as well. Particularly for a syndrome known as SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder. This disorder is a type of depression that is related to the changing of the seasons. Blue light plays a major role in light therapy used to treat this.
  • Keeps you Alert and Active
    • When there is bright light around, your body produces 2 hormones. Serotonin and cortisol. Serotonin can be thought of as your happy hormone. Where cortisol is known as your stress hormone. Both of these keep you awake and active. When there is an absence of light, melatonin is produced. This is what helps you go to sleep.

Bad Blue Light

  • Can Lead to Macular Degeneration
    • Remember when we said blue light is more intense than other colors? Well, that intensity allows it to travel further into your eye. As a matter of fact, it travels all the way to the back lining of your eye known as your retina. This is not desirable. Repeated and prolonged exposure to blue light can begin to damage the light-sensitive cells of your retina. This leads to macular degeneration, a symptom when unchecked can lead to permanent vision reduction or loss.
  • Increases Digital Eye Stress
    • The intensity of blue light can do more than just affect the retina. The short wavelengths actually cause the light to scatter more across a surface. This scattering effect (also known as Rayleigh scattering) can cause your eyes to not focus as well as they should. It is most common when using digital devices such as cellphones, tablets, and computers.

Despite the benefits of blue light, the negatives can be pretty severe. This is why it is so important to consider wearing proper eye protection when using blue light emitting devices.


The 10 Best Book Stands and Holders of 2019

There are many things in this world that are underrated. The smell of freshly mown grass. Great home cooked meal. T. Rex (The 70s band, not the dinosaur– he’s still pretty BA too though). But what about in the world of reading and writing?

The unsung heroes of our realm are Book Stands. These handy devices are much more critical than many give them credit for. They allow for great hands-free operation for those with tired arms or dirty fingers. Some are even doing their part to help alleviate some of the challenges experienced by those with special needs.

So without wasting any more time… let’s bang a gong, get it on, and discuss the 10 best book stands of 2018.

Top 10 Book Stands Ranked Best to Worst

These are our choices for the best book stands you can buy in 2018.

Top Ten Book Stand Reviews

#1. Uncaged Ergonomics Adjustable Reading Stand(Best Overall)

Out of all of our options, the Uncaged Ergonomics stand came out on top. This stand can do it all. Whether it’s reading in bed or cooking in the kitchen, the Uncaged Ergonomics reigns supreme for all your book stand needs. Let’s take a look at why. 

  • Adjustable Height and Angle
    • The height is adjustable up to 21” making it ideal for almost situations Use it in bed or on your tabletop. The angle of the holding tray is fully adjustable and locks in 15-degree increments.
  • Open Space Bottom
    • This is a really useful feature. When used on your desk, you can minimize and even help declutter your workstation. Place your reading material on top and your other supplies underneath. Another great thing about this feature is when reading in bed. You can place it over your legs or lap minimizing the stress on your body.
  • Made out of Lightweight Aluminum
    • This makes it perfect for kitchen or workshop use. It is sturdy and non-porous which makes it great for using around raw foods or chemicals.
  • Collapses Flat
    • Not only is it lightweight, but it has the ability to collapse completely flat. This makes it great for portability and transportation.

#2. LEVO Hands-Free Book Stand (Best for Bedtime Reading)

When it comes to bedtime reading, the LEVO Hands-Free Book Stand really shines through. This makes reading in bed a much easier experience. Let’s take a look at some of the features that enable this book stand.

  • Fully Adjustable Design
    • You can adjust just about every aspect of this book stand! You can adjust the height of the stand from anywhere between 30-56” making this ideal for reading from any piece of furniture.
  • Cantilever Swing Arm
    • Its adjustable swing arm easily extends over your chair or bed. It also is easily adjustable on a five-point axis to make sure you have the best reading experience possible.
  • Sturdy Wheeled Base
    • The sturdy base of this unit is heavy enough to support a book weighing up to 4 lbs. Yet, it’s easy to maneuver around due to the casters mounted on its underside.

#3. ScanJig Pro Plus for Blind, Visually Impaired & Fine Motor Difficulties (Best for Special Needs)

Sometimes, life throws you curveballs. But, that doesn’t mean we still shouldn’t swing for the fences.  For those who need that extra boost, this is the perfect book stand. The ScanJig Pro Plus is much more than an ordinary book stand. It can be a real game changer for those with special needs. 

  • Scanning Stand
    • The ScanJig comes with stable support for your phone that you can use to scan your documents. These can then be used in coordination with different text to speech apps in order to help decipher the printed text.
  • Open Design
    • This stand is designed with open angles to allow maximum light penetration thus minimizing pesky shadows that interfere with scanning capabilities.
  • Travel-Friendly
    • This book stands folds up nice and neatly so it can be carried with you wherever you go. At full fold, it can be squarely placed inside your backpack.

#4. Reodoeer Reading Rest (Best for Messy Areas)

Ever need a reading stand in a messy area? Maybe you’re baking cupcakes and need a helping hand to hold that recipe? Or perhaps, you’re in your auto shop flipping through user manuals and repair guides? You need a sturdy book stand to handle it and one that can be cleaned afterward. The Reodoeer is just the stand for you. 

  • Sturdy Construction
    • This book stand is constructed out of a sturdy plastic and metal plate. This makes this an ideal book stand to be used around rugged areas. Plus, it’s non-porous. Meaning minimal pathogens can creep inside the materials.  Simply wipe down with your favorite antibacterial and you’re good to go.
  • Heavy Duty Holding
    • Since this book is made out of stronger materials, its weight capacity is much larger than most other stands. This allows for a very large book ranging from your standard run-of-the-mill textbook to a Standard Operating Procedure for a turbine driven electric plant.
  • Adjustable
    • The Reodoeer has seven different angles that it can be adjusted to. This ensures you always have the right angle when getting down and dirty.

#5. PSRVR Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy (Best for Bath Time)

What’s better than a nice glass of wine, a scented candle, and a good book? Doing all this in the bath of course! And now you can with the PSRVR Luxury Bathtub Caddy. Keep your book safe from the bubbles with this bamboo book caddy. 

  • Multifunctional Trays
    • This caddy holds more than just your book. There are two trays on either side of your book that you can use to hold other things such as a bookmark or highlighter. The caddy also comes equipped with two indented rounds perfect for holding that glass of Pinot and a nice candle.
  • Waterproofed Bamboo
    • This book holder is made out of a lightweight, yet durable bamboo. This makes it easy to move into place or take down. Along with that, the bamboo has been waterproofed as not to deteriorate your product over time.
  • One Size Fits All
    • The caddy can be extended lengthwise to fit just about every standard size bathtub.

#6. [SmartMe] Portable Book Stand (Best for Travel)

Reading is one of the most popular options to do on long flights because let’s face it… those in-flight movies are never really that good. But a big problem with reading on an airplane is the space. You are in a very cramped area with no room to stretch (particularly in coach). Save your arms from awkward cramps and soreness with this book stand. The [SmartMe] portable book stand is perfect for these types of situations. 

  • Foldability
    • This book stand has the ability to fold into a size slightly larger than your standard flashlight. This makes it ideal for traveling in your backpack carry-on.
  • Lightweight and Durable
    • This book stand weighs in at just over 5 ounces. This is one of the lightest books stands on the market. You should have no problem transporting this or exceeding your weight limit due to this item. Although it is light, the [SmartMe] is constructed of a high-grade ABS plastic which helps keep it tough enough for your purpose.
  • Stable 4 Point Support
    • This feature helps to eliminate curling and folding of books and their covers– especially near the ends of the book.

#7. A+ Children’s Book Stand (Best for Kids)

Do your kids love to read? Or do they need a little encouraging? Perhaps a book stand of their very own is just what they need! The A+ Children’s book stand is great for those little bookworms in training. 

  • Kid Friendly
    • This book stand was designed purely with children in mind. It has smooth rounded edges with no sharp corners. It’s also made with safe non-toxic materials so you can rest easy with this around your tykes.
  • Easy to Setup and Learn
    • This book stand is super simple to use. There is no assembly required. Just slide the backboard into its desired position and you are ready to go.
  • Certified Safe
    • These stands have been tested in CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) certified laboratories in accordance with all Children’s Safety Regulations.

8. Standing Lectern by Christian Brands (Best for Presenting)

Are you part of a book club that reads aloud? Or, do you have a presentation you need to give? Most people don’t give enough credit to the lectern. These large, but versatile book stands are ideal for reading aloud in front of groups. There’s already the pressure of an audience. You don’t need that pressure being transferred to tired arms as well.

  • Beautiful and Simple Design
    • This lectern’s construction is an elegant, yet simple design sure to draw the attention of those before it. It is handcrafted out of genuine maple with a rustic walnut finish.
  • Wide Top
    • The top of this stand is 15” x 16” making it ideal for large books.

#9. HENGSHENG Bamboo Book Stand with Retro Elegant Pattern (Best Functional Decor)

Who says function can’t be fashionable? This is definitely the case with this awesome looking book stand. The HENGSHENG book stand is made out of ornately carved bamboo sure to get noticed. But not only does it look good… it works great. 

  • Stable and Sturdy
    • Made out of high-quality bamboo, this book stand can support books of all sizes.
  • Flat Folding
    • Folds flat when not in use to easily be accommodated in a medium sized backpack.
  • Adjustable
    • This book stand can be adjusted to 5 different angles ensuring that you can read at your leisure.

#10. Esschert Design Cast Iron Cookbook Stand (Best Iron Book Stand)

This iron stand is designed to bring life into any kitchen. Your cookbook will look just great when perched upon this stand. It does require some assembly, which may be difficult for some. Yet, when completed, this Victorian-inspired piece of art is well worth it.

  • Iron Cast
    • Sturdy and strong. This piece is very difficult to break.
  • Weighted Page Holders
    • This stand comes equipped with elegant weighted page holders ready to keep your pages flat and easy to read.

Things to Consider when Purchasing a Book Stand

Purchasing a book stand doesn’t have to be the most difficult decision in your life. Let’s take a look at a few factors to consider when purchasing a book stand to make your process a little easier.

Height and Weight

When purchasing a book stand, you must take into consideration the dimensions that you need. Some book stands are great for tabletop reading, while others excel for other places. But what is the ideal height for you?

Did you know that if you focus on something too close to your eyes that you are putting undue strain on them? Or that looking at something too far away does the same? It goes beyond just nearsightedness or needing bifocals. Those with perfect vision can also fall prey to these conditions. This can lead to future eye problems or worsening of current ones.

According to healthguidance.org, the book or paper you are reading should generally be between 16 and 21 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level. It’s actually easier to read looking down than looking up. Remember to keep this in mind when searching for a new book stand.

Another thing to take note of is the weight. For instance, would you want to get a cast iron book stand for an elderly individual or a child. Obviously, the answer is no. But besides from that why else should you worry about weight?

Let’s say you are reading in bed. You are following proper guidelines with the book stand on your lap with the book balanced inside. How heavy is your book? How heavy is the stand? Depending on the combined weight of the two, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. That could be just enough pressure to push down on your legs to reduce blood flow or place unwanted pressure on your nerves.

By keeping height and weight factors in mind when shopping, you are sure to make a better decision with your book holder selection.

Adjustability and Portability

Some people have a designated reading area. They have a special chair or bed they go to when ready to curl up with their next new adventure. But… others don’t. Some can just plop down anywhere and get right into it.

Now for those stationary readers using book stands… adjustability and portability become less of an issue. Simply find the right size with the right angle, and you’re all set. However, for those less static, these factors can become very important.

For instance, those using e-readers would love angle adjustability. We all know how it goes… sometimes the angle of our laptops or e-readers isn’t quite suited for the ambient light. Well with laptops, the solution is easy. Just angle your screen accordingly. E-readers or tablet-like electronics are a different story. These must be adjusted by being held differently and sometimes in awkward positions.

An adjustable book stand definitely can help with those kinds of situations.

Portability is another huge consideration. Is it practical to carry a full-size lectern from the living room to the kitchen just to hold your cookbook? No. What about travelers? Is it practical to bring a non-collapsible wrought iron book stand? Absolutely not.

Speaking of travelers, do you know the weight limit for international carry on baggage? It’s roughly 40 lbs. That includes the bag and its contents. Those who intend on doing some reading on a long flight may want to consider using their book stand. One designed for travel may be just what you need.

Material

Material considerations are definitely something you should pay attention to. Here are two reasons why.

  • Strength

Material strength can be very important when choosing a book stand. Let’s just say you spend most of your time reading heavy textbooks. A simple plastic stand just isn’t going to cut it. The plastic may easily snap under the weight of the heavy book. But if you are using the book stand for smaller books (such as bedtime stories for children), maybe a plastic stand is a better option. One common lightweight material used is bamboo. Bamboo combines the best of both worlds allowing for maximum weight with minimal strain on the stand. As we will see next though, bamboo is not necessarily the best for all situations.

  • Intended Use of Stand

There are many reasons why one would use a reading stand. Some use them in bed. Others at a desk. But what does this have to do with the material of the stand itself. Everything. For example, you use your book stand in the kitchen to hold up your recipe book. You are making your Grandma’s world famous chicken pot pie. YUM! Now, in this recipe, it calls for cleaning and preparing a whole chicken. As those who cook know… cleaning a chicken can get a little dirty sometimes. But that’s ok. We can just clean it up, right? Well, yes and no.

Let’s just say some of that chicken juice went flying and got onto your book stand. With wooden or bamboo book stands… this may not be desirable. You see, the wooden or bamboo stand may actually soak up some of that chicken juice along with whatever bacteria may be hiding in it. Wiping this down will help, but the risk of contamination is definitely still there. In this case, a metal or sturdy acrylic may be best. The Spruce Eats puts out an interesting article on this as it applies to cutting boards, but the principle is still the same. Use non-porous materials for kitchen use.


Best Floor Lamps of 2019

Birthdays. Graduations. Retirement. What do these all have in common? These are times for celebrations, and more often than not… gift giving.

Do you have any bookworms and bibliophiles on your gift list? If so, a great floor lamp could be just what you’re looking for!  These make great gifts for college students who study all night, late-night readers, writers, or just anyone who needs to spruce up a room.

But with sales rapidly coming and going, you need a game plan ready for your shopping. How will you know which are the best options for floor lamps? Let’s shed some light on the situation and break down the Top Ten Floor Lamps of 2018.

The Best Floor Lamps Ranked Best to Worst

This handy table will make light work of helping you to select your next floor lamp.

Top Ten Floor Lamp Reviews

#1. Brightech Leaf LED Floor Lamp (Best Overall)

Our overall winner for best floor lamp is none other than the Brightech Leaf LED Floor Lamp. It’s like the Mercedes-Benz of floor lamps but at a fraction of the price. It comes with a wide array of great features including:

  • 3 Brightness Settings
    • If you need the extra light, the brightest setting pumps out a whopping 1150 lumens to illuminate even your darkest situations.
  • An Omni-Directional Hood
    • Focus light where you need it while minimizing losses to ambient.
  • Touch to On
    • This wonderful feature allows you to simply tap the lamp for extreme ease of powering up or adjusting brightness levels.
  • Cool to the Touch
    • For those worried about heat generation (particularly around the hood), this is the lamp for you. This lamp was designed with Estheticians and Make-Up Artists in mind. Even if you accidentally touch the hood, you do not need to worry about burning yourself. This is also a great feature for curious and climbing children.
  • Universally Stylish
    • With its modern yet traditional styling, this lamp is sure to make a great addition to any room. The lamp is also rated for voltages up to 220V. This means you can run this lamp outside of the United States. Just make sure you have the appropriate plug and socket adapter for your country.

Product Specifications:

Height53”
Weight8 lbs
MaterialMetal
Bulb TypeLED
Warranty5 Year Warranty

#2. IMIGY Dimmable LED Floor Lamp (Best for Bedtime Reading)

This lamp is amazing! This IMIGY model is perfect for bedtime reading. Its sleek design and narrow frame allows it to be easily tucked behind a nightstand. The gooseneck can then be directed towards your bed for a bit of light reading.It was very difficult to choose between this model and the Brightech Leaf for our top model due to these great attributes:

  • 5 Different Color Temperature and Brightness Settings
    • With this lamp, you will receive 5 color settings:
      • Warm White
      • Cool White
      • Natural
      • Yellow
      • Warm Yellow
    • All of these colors can also be dimmed to 5 different brightnesses!
  • Flexible Gooseneck
    • The flexible gooseneck allows you to angle the light projection at exactly where you need it.
  • Remote Operated
    • This is one of the greatest features in my opinion. Long gone are the days of climbing out of bed to turn off your lights. Simply click the button on the remote and roll over and head to sleep. The remote not only controls power functions but the dimming and color temperatures as well.
  • Timer
    • The timer feature is what makes this lamp the ultimate in bedtime reading. Have you ever fallen asleep while reading? I know I have. (Of course, the book always falls out of my hands and lands on my unexpecting face…) But what about your light? It stays on driving up that electric bill. Well, no more! With this handy timer, you can set the lamp to turn off automatically. All of this is controlled via the remote control.

Product Specifications:

Height56”
Weight6.45 lbs
MaterialABS and Iron
Bulb TypeLED
Warranty5 Year Warranty

#3.Brightech Maxwell LED USB Shelf Floor Lamp(Best Smart Floor Lamp)

In today’s day of Amazon Alexa and Smart Homes, there’s gotta be some smart floor lamps out there. Right? Turns out… there are quite a few of them. But none of them really stands out above the rest. Except for this one. As our second Brightech submission on this list, the Maxwell model does it all. Its Asian-inspired accents will match well with any room in your house. Its multi-functionality can give any room that little extra something that may have been missing. Let’s go over some of these features.

  • Integrated Shelving
    • The lamp comes with three separate shelves that you can use for maximizing the space you will receive out of the room it’s in. Use these as functional or as decorative shelves.
  • USB Charging Ports and Electrical Outlet
    • The lamp and shelves come with 2 USB charging ports! Use these to power up your Apple or Android devices so you never miss that important call again. Not only that, but this lamp also comes equipped with an electrical outlet. This can be great for those with limited amounts of electrical sockets. Need light to work, but also need to plug in that laptop? No problem. Simply plug the lamp into the wall and the computer into the lamp. That easy.
  • Smart-Enabled
    • When paired with the appropriate smart outlet, this lamp is compatible with the 3 major smart home applications:
      • Amazon Alexa
      • Google Home Assistant
      • Apple HomeKit

Product Specifications:

Height63”
Weight12.55 lbs
MaterialAll Wood Frame
Bulb TypeLED
Warranty5 Year Warranty

#4. Adesso Trinity Arc Floor Lamp (Best for High Ceilings)

In homes with vaulted ceilings, having furniture or fixtures without the appropriate height can make the room a little underwhelming. That’s why this lamp makes our top choice for high ceilings. Its large arc reaches up and out accentuating your room’s vertical prowess. The three lamps hang from a height of 81.9”. That’s almost 7 feet tall! The burlap shades provide an elegant yet rustic look perfect for living rooms and dens.

  • Cycle Between Lamps
    • This lamp comes equipped with a rotary switch to allow you to select which lamps are illuminated. Turn on one lamp or all three. The choice is yours.
  • Sturdy Base
    • Because the lamp is so tall, it is important that you have a strong, steady base to support it. The Adesso has that base covered.
  • Smart Home and CFL Compatible
    • The medium sockets on the lamp accommodate energy saving CFL bulbs. The lamp itself can also be adapted for use with Smart Home technology such as Amazon Alexa.

Product Specifications:

Height81.9”
Weight33 lbs
MaterialMetal
Bulb TypeCFL
Warranty1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty

#5. Brightech Sky LED Torchiere Floor Lamp (Best for Small Spaces)

Sometimes, we need to light up space but don’t always have the most room available. That’s why a torchiere-style floor lamp would be perfect for you. That’s why I recommend the Brightech Sky LED Torchiere Floor Lamp. Its slim design fits perfectly into any corner making this lamp the best floor lamp for dorm rooms or small offices.

  • Weighted Base
    • Due to the slim design of the lamp, a sturdy base is required. The base is weighted as to provide proper support for the lamp post.
  • Super Bright and Dimmable
    • This lamp produces a MASSIVE 1660 lumens of light. Making this lamp one of the brightest torchiere-style floor lamps around. However, sometimes that much light isn’t needed. Simply dim it down to one of three preset brightness levels.
  • Tiltable Head
    • In small rooms with limited light capabilities, it can be hard to fully illuminate the area. Using the Brightech Sky, you can use its major light-producing capabilities along with the tiltable head to maximize light projection to every corner of the room.
  • Wall Switch and Amazon Alexa Compatible

Product Specifications:

Height63”
Weight5.58 lbs
MaterialSteel
Bulb TypeLED
Warranty5 Year Warranty

#6.LEONC Design Creative LED Floor Lamp (Best Mood Lighting)

Sometimes, you need a floor lamp for mood lighting. The mood or aura of a room can really alter how much you enjoy being there. We all have our favorite room in the house. With the help of the LEONC Design floor lamp, turn any room into your favorite. This lamp is not only stylish but practical. Let’s look more into the LEONC Design.

  • Foot Powered On/Off Switch
    • The power switch is securely located near the plug and socket. This allows for ease of operation without having to bend over. This lamp is very friendly for seniors or others who have difficulty bending over.
  • Great Height
    • How many times have you seen a floor lamp that really should be called a table lamp? Not with this model. The pillar stands at five feet tall!
  • Collapsible and Replaceable Lampshade
    • The lampshade is of unique design. Yet, it is easily collapsible and foldable! This allows for ease of transportation from one place to another without fear of ripping the shade. However, if it is torn, it is easily replaceable through LEONC Design.
  • Easy to Assemble
    • The lamp may looks mysterious, but its assembly definitely is not. No tools are needed for its assembly. You can be up and running in just minutes.

Product Specifications:

Height60.2”
Weight3.75 lbs
MaterialFabric Shade, Steel
Bulb TypeCFL
Warranty12 Month Replacement Warranty

#7.DEMMEX Turkish Moroccan Mosaic Floor Lamp(Best Conversation Starter)

Now, I know that some of you are into entertaining guests. Having a well-maintained home comes along with that territory. But, what if you had that extra pizazz to go with it? I’d like to introduce you to the DEMMEX Turkish Moroccan Mosaic Floor Lamp! This lamp is the definition of a showstopper. It is sure to spark up the conversation at first glance. This lamp may not be for everybody though… Curious cats, dogs, and children are sure to find the lamp just enchanting as the rest.

  • Handmade Mosaic Globes
    • Each of the nine globes is handmade and unique. No two lamp are alike. You will truly appreciate the craftsmanship of this. This lamp literally is a functioning work of art.
  • Very Sturdy
    • This piece is extremely sturdy. This is due to its strong steel frame. The frame will easily support the weight given to help your lamp keep standing.
  • Customizable Globes
    • You do have the option of customizing your globes. This can add your own personal touch to an already breathtaking piece.

Product Specifications:

Height70”
WeightNot Available.. But we’re sure it’s heavy.
MaterialMetal, Glass
Bulb TypeE-12 Candelabra
WarrantyNone

#8.Hsyile Lighting Crystal Floor Lamp (Best for Elegance and Ambiance)

Sometimes, you want to add a little class to your space without going overboard. If that’s the case, the Hsyile Lighting crystal floor lamp is perfect for you. It has a simple yet elegant design sure to make anyone in the room feel like royalty. This is one item I recommend getting two of for a complete set.

  • Real Glass Crystal
    • These are not some cheap plastic crystal pieces. They are the real McCoy. Heavy pieces of hand-picked and polished crystal allow for some of the most stunning light throws of any product on the market.
  • Steady Base
    • The stand and post are both constructed out of high-quality steel to ensure that your lamp stays upright even with the heavy top.
  • 24 Month Warranty
    • This product comes with a 24 month (2 years) warranty. If anything breaks due to product error, Hsyile will replace the entire unit.

Product Specifications:

Height59.1”
Weight18.5 lbs
MaterialCrystal, Metal
Bulb TypeLED
Warranty2 Year Limited Warranty

#9.Brightech Eclipse Floor Lamp (Best for Trendy and Minimalist Design)

Today, minimalism is all the rage. It’s hip and trendy. Adopting a minimalist style also opens up space in your room you never thought you had. However, it can be difficult to find furniture and appliances that maintain a minimal structure with maximum results. Our last Brightech submission on this list does just that. The Brightech Eclipse is ideal for those seeking a trendy fixture with powerful light emission.

  • Unique Design
    • This design is one of a kind. It has two light emitting rings that can be tilted or rotated for proper light projection.
  • Energy Saver and Cool to the Touch
    • This lamp comes equipped with energy saving LED fixtures that can stay on for hours and keep the lamp cool to the touch.
  • Built-In Dimmer
    • The lamp comes equipped with a powerful light source, but it can be dimmed down two levels. One at 50% brightness and the other at 30%

Product Specifications:

Height75”
Weight9.3 lbs
MaterialMetal
Bulb TypeLED Ring
Warranty5 Year Warranty

#10. Simple Designs Home Mother-Daughter Floor Lamp (Best Budget Floor Lamp)

Let’s face it. Sometimes, we just need a good lamp at a good price. Nothing too fancy, and definitely not too expensive. This lamp is just right. Our best budget floor lamp is the Simple Designs Home Mother-Daughter floor lamp. But just because it’s cheap, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some useful features.

  • Adjustable Gooseneck Reading Lamp
    • The reading lamp is on a bendable gooseneck allowing you to direct light specifically for reading. The smaller lamp is on a power switch of its own making it completely independent of the taller lamp.
  • Plastic Shades
    • The lampshades are made of plastic. While not necessarily a desirable quality in high-end lamps, the plastic shades do offer some reprieve. They are much more durable than glass. Therefore, they’re much less likely to be broken. On top of that, the plastic shades do not heat up the way glass ones do. This means fewer burns from the shades.
  • Best Lamp for College Students
    • The durability and cost of this lamp make it the ideal lamp for college students. If for some drunken reason, the lamp is knocked over it is more likely to survive the fall. And if the lamp is broken due to a cause outside of its one-year limited warranty, it is much cheaper to replace.

Product Specifications:

Height71.5”
Weight9.35 lbs
MaterialMetal
Bulb TypeIncandescent
Warranty1 Year limited

Factors to Consider when Purchasing a Floor Lamp

Make sure to do your research before purchasing any floor lamps. This can prevent a lot of headache and regret. No need to be left in the dark on these issues.

What do Voltage Ratings Mean?

Is your lamp rated for 110V? Maybe 220V? Why is this so important? Most places in the United States operate off of a 110V power grid. So… when you plug in a device rated for 220V, you will not receive the full capacity of the product. Not only that, but the device will pull more electricity in order to try and run it.

This can lead to an increase in power bills. The device may begin to fail over time as well. You see, with reduced voltages, a higher current must be drawn in to compensate. This can start to break down the electrical components of your lamp leading to failure.

Plugging a 110V device into a 220V socket is much more spectacular. The 110V can receive up to 4x the amount of electricity it is rated for. An exploding light bulb is a minimal effect. This can cause severe damage to the lamp itself. Your lamp may no longer be able to work. On top of that… it’s a huge fire safety risk.

If you are planning on traveling or moving out of the country with your new lamp, check out these sweet safety tips that can keep you covered! Be sure that you know exactly what you’re getting into prior to buying that new floor lamp.

Lumens vs Watts

What exactly are lumens? According to lumens.com, lumens are:

“a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one-candela intensity radiating equally in all directions.”

Right… what they said…

In layman’s terms, lumens equate to brightness!

But wait… doesn’t watts mean brightness too? In short, no. Watts are actually a measurement of how much energy is used. You see, back in the day, there were very limited styles of lightbulbs. Pretty much two categories.

  1. It worked.
  2. It didn’t work.

Actually, it was mostly just incandescent bulbs. As these bulbs, drew more energy they were able to get brighter. Thus more watts… more light.

Nowadays, things are different. With the introduction of LED bulbs to the playground, lumens and watts have begun to separate themselves. Ideally, you want to find higher lumens with a lower wattage rating.

It’s definitely become much easier with the assortment of bulbs out there.

Bulb Types for Floor Lamps

Luckily for us, there are many alternatives out there to standard incandescent bulbs.

  • Halogen
    • Halogen bulbs are quickly becoming the standard for replacing existing incandescent bulbs. Out of all the light bulbs types, Halogen bulbs emit the most natural light to that similar to actual daylight. They are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, but are more expensive and burn hotter.
  • Fluorescent
    • These bulbs you will normally find in office and commercial buildings. They produce a large amount of flat blue light and last a very long time. These are an economical choice for brightening up basements and attics.
  • CFL
    • These bulbs–although more expensive– are a good choice of a lightbulb for household use. They on average last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs and save 4 times the amount of energy. When these bulbs do burn out, remember they can be recycled.
  • LED
    • These are the most recent lights to hit the market. More importantly, they are the most efficient lightbulb in terms of energy and tend to last next to forever. However, there are some drawbacks with these bulbs. At the moment, LEDs can only provide directional light emissions. This means they need to be clustered or provided with reflective guides in order to illuminate a whole room.

For more information on these different types of lightbulbs, check out this super neat article from HGTV.


Best Book Reading Lights of 2019

Whether you need a book light for reading in bed, or just need a book light to help improve your reading experience, I’ve taken the time to research, and test the best reading lights and book lights on the market.

In this book light review, we’ll be covering the best clip-on book lights for reading in bed, or for the mobile reader who wants a little light to help improve their reading experience.

Best Book Lights – Ranked Best to Worst

As you can see, we’ve listed the best book lights for you and included some of the differences between them like whether or not they are clip-on book lights, rechargeable book lights or whether they serve as a portable reading light.

Best Book Light Reviews

#1. RANIACO DAYLIGHT 12 LED READING LIGHT

The Raniaco Daylight 12 LED reading light gets my #1 best book reading light vote because not only is it the sturdiest of them all, it is the most powerful light with 12 LED bulbs and uses 3 adjustable brightness settings.  I found the adjustable lights incredibly important because it allowed me to change light intensity, thus making this the best reading light at bedtime.  Add that to the fact that this is the only one with 3-year money back guarantee, and it totally became my new best friend in reading.

The only thing I had against this one is that it isn’t the prettiest of them all.  However, I’m usually using these lights when in bed.  So, who am I trying to impress?

Features:

  • 12 LED Lights
  • 3 Brightness Levels
  • 3-Year Free Replacement Guarantee
  • Built-in 1000mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • 24-hour battery life
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces

So, check out this sturdy, well built, highly luminescent book reading light.  It’s got a permanent place at my bedside.

#2. LUMINOLITE RECHARGEABLE WARM 6 LED BOOK LIGHT

The LuminoLite book light is not as powerful as the Raniaco, holding only 6 LEDs.  However, like the Raniaco, it does have 3 settings for light intensity. Because of the lower light capability of the LuminoLite, the battery lasts much longer and also the light weighs less.  I personally am not too concerned with this, because I’ve found the weight difference of 2 ounces to be minimal, and would prefer a more powerful light source if I need it.  Also, while I thought the battery life would be very important, I’ve been reading for over a couple of months and haven’t had to recharge my book light since.  So, the battery life isn’t that much of a concern.

Also, while the LuminoLite claims to have soft/warm light, I didn’t see much of a difference but did like the light’s illumination path.  This reading book light also includes a 3-year warranty, which is nice.  Therefore, because of the dependability and light illumination, the LuminoLite gets my #2 for best reading light.

Features:

  • 6 LED Lights
  • 3 Brightness Levels
  • 3-Year Free Replacement Guarantee
  • Built-in 1000mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • 60-hour battery life
  • Weight: 2.4 ounces

#3. LUMINOLITE LED BOOKMARK READING LIGHT – BEST TRAVELING BOOK LIGHT

This gets the third spot in my list because of how sleek it is and easy it is to carry. Also, because of its flexible charging plug, it’s very easy to plug into my laptop while traveling.  Therefore, I decided to keep this one and permanently put it in my purse. The switch to turn it on isn’t bad either, with it being on the side.  This makes it so that it doesn’t inadvertently turn on like some of the others do.  I’ve had a couple of book reading lights run the batteries dead because the light was inadvertently turned on while I was traveling and I didn’t know it.  While not perfect, this one’s button design is better than most to stop this sort of thing from happening.

However, it only has 1 LED and boasts four light settings.  I found that the light produced, while soft and pleasant, didn’t show enough for my books.  Also, because the light isn’t diffused, it didn’t cover the entire area of my book.  Also, be careful with the battery life.  This one sports the lowest battery life of all.  But then again, I think that’s a sacrifice worth making for such a small and sleek light.

Features:

  • 1 LED Lights
  • 4 Brightness Levels
  • 1-Year Free Replacement Guarantee
  • Built-in Lithium polymer rechargeable Battery
  • 8-hour battery life
  • Weight: 1.5 ounces

#4. CESUNLIGHT RECHARGEABLE LED BOOK LIGHT – BEST HANDS FREE BED LIGHT

I’m personally not a fan of these types of lights where they hang off your body like this.  I like to shift around while reading in bed, and I found that every time I do this, I have to re-adjust my lights so that they are in place.  This made me a bit self-conscientious about how I read and position myself – which isn’t enjoyable.

However, with that said, I know there are many readers that dislike the ones that clip-on their books, thus adding weight.  I get that.  So, I decided to test a bunch of hands-free versions out there and decided these were the best bang for your buck.

Features:

  • 1 LED Lights
  • 2 Brightness Levels
  • No Replacement Guarantee
  • Built-in 700mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Weight: 3.8 ounces

#5. ELLESYE DUAL HEADS CLIP-ON BOOK LIGHT – BEST DUAL BOOK LIGHT

The Ellesye Duel head is a great clip-on book reading light that works best for those who want individual lights to highlight each page.  I get that.  It can be frustrating when the edges of the light don’t reach the entire page, and I catch myself straining my eyes as I get to the edge of a page.  If this is important to you, then look no further than the Ellesye.  It’s light weight and provides ample enough light with the two heads.  It also has the longest lasting battery life of them all.

However, I still believe the top two choices for best reading light provide enough light to catch all pages without having to hassle with two light heads.  Also, it doesn’t have any replacement guarantees.  Although, I didn’t experience anything that worried me about its durability.  The parts didn’t feel very cheap compared to others, and I didn’t see anything in the reviews that people experienced any unnecessary issues with its durability as well.

Features:

  • 10 LED Lights – 5 per head
  • 3 Brightness Levels
  • No Replacement Guarantee
  • Built-in 1000mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • 60-hour battery life
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

#6. TOPELEK READING LIGHT – EASIEST ON EYES

Having 9 different reading modes to use, the TopElek gets my best rating for being the easiest on the eyes.  You can change the color temperatures, and brightness levels in order to get the light to the most optimal level for your eyes.  With the easiness on the eyes and 1.5-year guarantee, why isn’t it the #1 choice for best reading light?

I found the 7 LED lights underwhelming.  There were times I wish it had the extra 3 LEDs that the top reading light has.  I also wasn’t impressed with its weight compared to the others.  Although it compares to my number #1 choice, I’d of expected the TopElek to pack enough punch. But alas, it didn’t.

Features:

  • 7 LED Lights
  • 3 Brightness Levels, 3 Color Levels
  • 1.5 Year Replacement Guarantee
  • Built-in 1000mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • 60-hour battery life
  • Weight: 4.2 ounces

#7. ENERGIZER CLIP BOOK LIGHT – CHEAPEST AND LIGHTEST BOOK LIGHT

Although the Energizer Clipbook light is the lightest and cheapest of the lights, it’s light lacks in intensity, and does not have a replaceable battery.  The CR2032 are not a commonly owned battery and it only lasts 25 hours.  I found that this was very problematic and would cause issues for future long term use.

Features:

  • 1 LED Light
  • No Brightness Levels
  • No Replacement Guarantee
  • 2x CR2032 batteries
  • 25-hour battery life
  • Weight: 1.3 ounces

What to Look for in a Book Reading Light

If you’d like to learn more about book reading lights, be sure to check out these characteristics:

  • Rechargeable Book Light vs Replacement Batteries

    • Are you the type that prefers rechargeable abilities vs batteries? For readers who do a heavy reading at night, replacement battery costs may begin to grow expensive. If that’s the case, you should consider a rechargeable book light. Check for a model similar to this Mighty Bright.
  • Clip-on Book Reading Capability

    • Sometimes you need portability for your book light. Clip on book lights are great for on-the-go readers. Models like this LuminoLite may help you solve your dilemma of needing a clip-on book light for reading at night.
  • LED Light Intensity

    • Look for a book light with adjustable brightness. Excessive light intensity can damage your eyes– and keep your spouse awake at night. Maybe a book light such as this RYCYN would best suit your needs.
  • LED Color Settings

    • Studies have shown that different light colors can affect our eyesight. According to the EastWest Eye Institute, reading with excessive blue light at night can throw off your circadian rhythm and over prolonged exposure cause retinal damage. Look for a book light with multiple color settings such as the HOLIFE mini rechargeable light offered by Amazon.


3 Self-Publishing Mistakes To Avoid At All Costs

Self-publishing is as much about avoiding the wrong things as it is doing the right things.

I’m a strong advocate that almost any self-publishing tactic can work well if applied properly and mastered.

However, doing the wrong things will always hurt you, each and every time.

The following are some of the main mistakes I’ve seen people make. Avoid them at all costs!

Ignoring Your Competitors

While it’s definitely more important to work on your own goals and projects than it is to focus on your competitors, a balance needs to be struck.

Too many self-publishers take the ‘indie’ label to heart and see themselves as being totally independent and unique. This is a massive mistake. As humans, we learn a lot better when we pay attention to the moves others are making.

After all, none of us has all the knowledge and experience. It, therefore, makes sense to benefit from the perspectives and insights that others have.

Some of the ways to apply this principle effectively include –

  • Scheduling a set time for competitor research. This allows you to strike the right balance between paying attention to what others are doing and working on your own projects.
  • Look outside of your niche. As authors, we run the risk of getting stuck in an echo chamber, where we only hear ideas and thoughts similar to our own. This can be amplified further if we keep a small circle, such as authors within the same specific genre as us.
  • Look outside of self-publishing all together. For example, Kyle of fooddeliveryyguru.com releases a mix of interesting content types, such as his recent guide to smoothie services. His mix of content has inspired several ideas for future articles of my own, albeit applied to self-publishing.
  • Keep an ear to the ground. Often, hot topics in the self-publishing community, such as changes to CreateSpace royalty payment dates, will emerge in the forums and Facebook groups before they make it to the blog posts. By keeping an ear to the ground, you stand to benefit from the hottest news out there.
  • Deliberately listen to people you disagree with. From an ego perspective, it can be nice to only listen to people who hold similar views as us. However, sometimes people we don’t agree with are actually the ones we need to be listening to most.

This is by no means a suggestion to rip off your competitors, or to spend too much of your time keeping an eye on them.

However, you need to devote at least some of your time to keep an eye on what’s going on out there, otherwise, you run the risk of missing out on important knowledge or information.

Reinventing The Wheel

Similarly to how many self-publishers neglect the importance of carrying out competitor analysis, as described above, many also try to reinvent the wheel which, as we all know, costs a pretty penny.

It’s good to be creative. It’s good to be original. However, it takes a certain level of arrogance and a lack of realism to feel you are doing something truly original.

After all, even Shakespeare’s stories were based on existing tales! Are you better than William? Are you?

Some of the ways this problem manifests include –

  • Failing to respect genre tropes and conventions for your book cover. Readers don’t care enough to look past whatever creative intention you had at the time.
  • Refusing to place your work in any particular genre. There are genres for almost everything. If you feel your work can’t be classified, you probably don’t know it well enough.
  • Ignoring marketing ideas that are tried and tested, such as an author website, or building an author mailing list. No one is above the process.
  • Failing to benefit from the mistakes others have made. There’s nothing noble about being easily avoidable errors in the name of being stubborn. It’s a lot smarter to stand on the shoulders of giants, and benefit from the trial and error of those who have walked the path before you.

There’s no harm or shame in being creative or trying something original. However, failing to at least consider tried and tested good and bad ideas is a foolish level of arrogance that will condemn you to a certain frustration and failure.

Failing To Use Tools To Grow

Some writers take a weird pride in being Luddites.

I’m sure you know the type. Writers who take a weird pride in not having a smartphone or some other quirk.

While I’m not a slave to any piece of tech, nor am I a blind advocate for tech I do strongly feel that many authors miss out on valuable opportunities offered to them by tech tools.

Some of the opportunities I see people miss out on include –

  • Not generating keywords automatically for their AMS or other advertising campaigns. There is nothing noble about doing this by hand! Give yourself a chance guys.
  • Not using editing tools or digital writing coaches, such as ProWritingAid. Yes, human editors are awesome, irreplaceable people. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t waste their time by not using a writing checker first.
  • Not being open to using tools such as book title generators to help you break through a creative impasse.
  • Failing to carry out any type of keyword research or SEO for author blogs. Why waste your valuable writing time and effort on a post if no one is even going to read it? Wouldn’t you rather help people by offering something they are actually searching for?

Like all things in self-publishing and in life, there’s a happy middle ground to be struck when it comes to using tools. Don’t come to rely on them too much, but also don’t overlook the genuine ways they could benefit you as an author and self-publisher.