Five Book Accessories Every Reader Needs

Five Book Accessories Every Reader Needs

Personal Growth

June 24, 2021

As Mason Cooley once said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

Whether it's in its electronic form or is a physical copy, books are the gateway to many new worlds and experiences. While acquiring a book is the only prerequisite you need to enjoy one, there are a few accessories that can enhance your reading experience. In this list, you'll find five of them along with a description of their functionalities.

1. Flat Book Light

Do you enjoy reading in a dark room with little to no bright lights in order to set the mood? While that may be great for the vibes, it isn't very good for your eyes. As a matter of fact, according to researchers, myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is common among students wanting to get into reading-heavy professions, such as law and medicine.

That doesn't mean that you have to open those blinding bright lights and sacrifice your relaxation though, because a booklight exists for this very reason! It's both convenient and beneficial, which makes it safe to call this purchase a great deal.

This specific light is available on AliExpress, Walmart, and Amazon and is within the $10-$20 USD price range.

2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Imagine that you open a book in a quiet room and read for a few minutes before you find yourself sucked into a described scene. Imagine that it's a sad scene, and you are able to feel every single emotion that's present, allowing it to pull at your heartstrings and maybe even invite a lump to the back of your throat.

Now imagine that your younger sibling comes into the room, turns on the TV, and puts on an obnoxious cartoon, pulling you out of the false reality that you were in just seconds ago. If you relate to this, maybe you should consider adding a pair of noise-cancelling headphones to your cart. Besides getting rid of distractions, such headphones also protect your hearing and allow you to receive a better quality audio experience.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 are pictured above. They retail for around $300-$400 USD and can be found at Walmart, Dell's online store, and Best Buy.

3. Book Sleeve

Paperback books wear down easier and quicker than their hardcover counterparts, therefore having a book sleeve is essential for protecting and ensuring a longer lifespan. This product is especially important if you're a big reader and carry your books with you everywhere, especially in a bag/purse that can cause creasing, folding, and even tearing.

Other than keeping your books safeguarded, book sleeves can also act as an accessory to match your outfit and/or fit your aesthetic. All in all, it's a great product to have, especially if you consider yourself to be a bookworm!

Book sleeves are commonly found on Etsy in the $5-$20 price range.

4. Book Stand

Have you ever experienced neck or back pain when reading a book for too long? It can be frustrating when you're really trying to finish an engrossing book, so luckily, there's a cure for such straining: a book stand! Many people would consider having a book stand as being “too excessive and extra”, but if you're an avid reader, this product is essential, if not to protect you from the pain, then at least to protect you from the fervent odor of BENGAY.

This particular stand is from Amazon and is in the $10-$20 USD price range.

5. Audiobook

Most of us are always on the go and often can't afford to sit down and read a book. Luckily, audiobooks exist for this very reason! Having a book downloaded onto your device can allow you to continue your reading away from your physical copy of the book and even possibly multitask.

For instance, you could be jogging and starting a new chapter, coming back home and reading the last few pages, and then hopping into your car and starting another chapter. This is the definition of convenience.

Audible is the leading audiobook hosting platform and houses over 200,000 titles. Plans start from $8 USD a month. Additional discounts can be implemented if an Amazon Prime membership is active.

Sania Ahmad
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Sania Ahmad is a Freshman at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in finance and economics on the pre-law track. She hopes to advocate for important issues through writing!