Full Page Illuminator for Late-Night Page Turners

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What you furtively read under the covers at night is your business, and you can keep it that way with this Full Page Illuminator with a flat lens that reflects a battery-powered LED, evenly lighting the page. Yes, a page, in a book. You remember books, don't you?

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If you're not reading undercover, it keeps its light shining just on the page and away from your bedmate, letting you read on and on into the night without bothering anybody but yourself. Its four AAA batteries last 40 hours, and you can get it in sizes to fit hardcover or paperback books. Both are $69.95. My take on this thing, after the jump.

I like the idea of concentrating light where you need it without bothering anyone else, but it looks like there would still be a lot of light reflected off the page that might annoy someone who needs to sleep in darkness. Plus, it looks like it would be a pain the ass to cope with this thingamajig every time you want to turn the page.

I also wish we could see a better picture of this thing, because it's hard to tell how big it is or what it looks like with its only accompanying photo. This might be one of those things that sounds like a good idea at first, but as soon as you start using it you immediately know that it isn't.

Product Page [Hammacher Schlemmer]

DISCUSSION

BTW, Lightwedge also makes a smaller version for paperback books. I have both and they've become my favorite way to read in bed. Yes, you have to lift it up when you turn the page. On the other hand, the weight of it holds the page down and keeps you from losing your page. Also, it's flat enough to leave in the book as a bookmark when you close it, without damaging the book's spine.

It takes 4 AAA batteries, but they last for months, and there are high/low settings as well.