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Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
« on: March 17, 2009, 01:28:19 pm »
Overview:

The Peeramid is an unusual item meant as an alternative to a traditional book easel.   A lightweight pyramid shaped pillow, it allows you to prop your reading material at a fairly upright angle while keeping the base from slipping.  The Peeramid comes in a variety of colors to suit most decorating schemes.

I ordered the Peeramid through Amazon for $29.95. Others have purchased the burgundy model from Drugstore.com for a significant savings; a good option if youre not fussy about the color.  (Edited to add:  Some have found deals recently for a leopard or jungle print pattern as well.)



First look:

At a nominal 12 x 12 x 8, the Peermid is smaller than the throw pillows most of us have on our couches.  Its significantly lighter than I expected; I assumed it would need a certain heft to support the weight of a hardcover DTB.  Instead, this is a pillow you can easily use on your lap and not notice the weight!

I bought the Peeramid in Harvest Gold as it appeared to be the most neutral color available, in spite of the name.  The upholstery weight fabric is in fact much closer to a warm beige than a true 70s era harvest gold, with shiny gold-toned accent threads.  The fabric used for the Harvest Gold is 50/50 acrylic and polyester, and is not a soft fabric by any stretch of the imagination.  It does look like it will hold up fairly well with use.  Cleaning instructions are not included; I would assume its spot treat or dry clean only.

Usage:

Kindle:  The Peeramid almost seems to have been designed with the Kindle in mind.  My K2 fits it perfectly, with or without the Oberon cover (folded back), and I can see where this will replace the current easel I have been using in my living room.

Overall, the Peeramid is a nice Kindle accessory that may enhance your reading experience.  There are two main disadvantages Ive experienced that may be deal breakers to some.

Anglemany bookrests are adjustable, the Peeramid is not.  The reading angle is probably comfortable for most users, but its definitely very upright.

Heightif you have neck problems, this device may very well aggravate them.  It adds virtually no height to the book, so if you have it on your lap, your neck will be bent downward to read; laying flat on your back with the Peeramid on your torso, youll find yourself bending your chin downwards as well.  Im going to be trying this with pillows of different sizes beneath it to boost the level; Ill also be trying it in different reading positions to see what works best.


Other reading material (because, lets face it, not everything is available on the Kindle yet.):

Truthfully, if Id bought this for anything other than Kindle usage, Id be sending it back immediately as not worth the price paid.  Others may have had a different experience with it, and if so, I hope theyll let us know by commenting or posting their own reviews.

Magazines:  I used a Better Homes & Gardens as a reasonably standard magazine size.  Fully open, both pages tend to fall to either side of the pyramid shape, making it hard to read.  With one side folded back beneath the other, one page is readable at a time, but the upper open corner of the pages continued to fold back.  The pyramid shape simply doesnt provide enough support to the softer paper of a magazine.

Paperbacks:  As near as I can tell, the only way to get the full versatility of using a Peeramid is to break the spines of your books.  An intact paperback simply will not stay open in the groove between the pyramid & baffle.  The Peeramid could still be used as a prop, but will not be hands free.

Hardcovers:  Similar to the paperbacks, an average sized new hardcover will not stay open on its own and required at least one hand to brace the book against the pillow.  Older hardcovers with broken spines did better.

Hope this is helpful!
« Last Edit: May 25, 2010, 08:10:36 pm by VictoriaP »
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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009, 01:32:01 pm »
    Victoria, thanks! This is very helpful. I've been curious about how the Peeramid works with other reading materials.

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 01:37:55 pm »
    Victoria, thanks! This is very helpful. I've been curious about how the Peeramid works with other reading materials.

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    You're welcome!

    I'm a bit disappointed in it for use with other materials so far; I have periodic problems with my hands due to a medical condition, and I was hoping this would make it easier to read some DTBs when things flare up.  It's useful enough with the Kindle to keep it for that use, so I'll continue to experiment with it with DTBs to see if I can make it feel more workable. And I'm hoping Luv has some experiences using it that she can share!
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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009, 02:06:40 pm »
    Thanks, I have been wondering about the use of this cushion for the Kindle.
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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009, 02:15:04 pm »
    I love this pillow and have been using it for several months. Thank you for the review.

    I can't really help with using it for other things. I really only use it for the Kindle. (I don't read anything other than my Kindle)

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    « Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009, 03:06:10 pm »
    Nice review Victoria P, thanks for posting.  :)

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009, 03:46:57 pm »
    I have the peeramid. I love it for my kindle.  Laying down (side or back) and sitting, this works great with the kindle.  I agree that with a paper back or hard cover the spine of a new book would not  allow the pages to stay open without holding them with your hands.

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #7 on: March 20, 2009, 10:41:45 am »
    Thanks for this review. You have made the front page of our blog! See Leslie's post about your review, here: https://www.kboards.com/blog/2009/03/review-of-the-peeramid-pillow/
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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #8 on: March 20, 2009, 11:43:41 am »
    Thanks for this review. You have made the front page of our blog! See Leslie's post about your review, here: https://www.kboards.com/blog/2009/03/review-of-the-peeramid-pillow/

    LOL!  My 15 minutes of fame!  ;D

    After a few more days of using the Peeramid, I can honestly say it ranks in my top 5 Kindle accessories.  I've been using it so much, I'm actually contemplating a second one so I don't have to keep moving it from one room to another. Plain & simple, it just makes reading a lot more comfortable.  Previously, I was often using an easel and a lightweight folding table to prop the K2 at a better angle or height for hands free reading.  Now I find myself putting the Peeramid on my lap in just about any position, or the arm of the couch, or yes, even on the dining room table to read.  And of course, it's a lot more portable than having to drag a table around!

    Having neck & back issues, I do have to watch carefully to make sure my posture isn't affected by having the Peeramid too low.  But as it's so lightweight and yet so stable due to the wide base, I have yet to have an issue finding a way to place it where I need it for comfortable reading.
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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #9 on: March 20, 2009, 01:04:26 pm »
    I have this pillow as well and love it. My only complaint is the fringe for the tassel fell off. I got it at drugstore.com for a cheaper price than Amazon.
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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #10 on: March 20, 2009, 02:27:17 pm »
    Wow thanks for the review. been curious about this product

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #11 on: March 20, 2009, 03:54:34 pm »
    I have this pillow as well and love it. My only complaint is the fringe for the tassel fell off. I got it at drugstore.com for a cheaper price than Amazon.

    My son pulled the tassel off of mine about a week after I got it.

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #12 on: March 21, 2009, 11:51:13 pm »
    I bought one for my Mom to use with her Kindle. Mom is in the early stages of Parkinson's and her hands shake. Having read all her life (and likely the main reason that I am an avid reader today) giving up reading was a huge loss to her. But she could not hold a DTB steady enough to read it. The combination of the Kindle and the Peeramid have allowed her to read once again.

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    « Reply #13 on: March 22, 2009, 12:34:05 am »
    I bought one for my Mom to use with her Kindle. Mom is in the early stages of Parkinson's and her hands shake. Having read all her life (and likely the main reason that I am an avid reader today) giving up reading was a huge loss to her. But she could not hold a DTB steady enough to read it. The combination of the Kindle and the Peeramid have allowed her to read once again.

    I am  sorry to hear about your Mom.  But I applaud your efforts to help her continue reading.  This is heartwarming and reminds me that the amazing Amazon Kindle is truly a blessing.  Thank you for sharing.

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    « Reply #14 on: March 22, 2009, 07:16:55 am »
    I bought one for my Mom to use with her Kindle. Mom is in the early stages of Parkinson's and her hands shake. Having read all her life (and likely the main reason that I am an avid reader today) giving up reading was a huge loss to her. But she could not hold a DTB steady enough to read it. The combination of the Kindle and the Peeramid have allowed her to read once again.

    Such a sweet story Mike. Wishing your Mom the best!

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #15 on: March 31, 2009, 02:38:05 pm »
    Overview:

    The Peeramid is an unusual item meant as an alternative to a traditional book easel.   A lightweight pyramid shaped pillow, it allows you to prop your reading material at a fairly upright angle while keeping the base from slipping.  The Peeramid comes in a variety of colors to suit most decorating schemes.

    Thank you for the beautifully written and well-thought-out review and follow-ups here!


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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #16 on: April 02, 2009, 01:24:44 pm »
    Thank you for your review.  I had been looking at the Peeramid for a while and decided to go ahead and order one (it was purple!).  I got it last week and it's great.  I do think I may take the tassel off on purpose to keep the cats from playing with it.

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    « Reply #17 on: April 03, 2009, 02:50:35 pm »
    I bought one for my Mom to use with her Kindle. Mom is in the early stages of Parkinson's and her hands shake. Having read all her life (and likely the main reason that I am an avid reader today) giving up reading was a huge loss to her. But she could not hold a DTB steady enough to read it. The combination of the Kindle and the Peeramid have allowed her to read once again.

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    « Reply #18 on: April 03, 2009, 09:50:01 pm »
    Interesting... never heard of it before.

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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #19 on: April 03, 2009, 11:00:21 pm »
    I thought I'd post a couple of pictures of the Peeramid with the Kindle so you could see it in action.

     

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    « Reply #20 on: April 03, 2009, 11:12:08 pm »
    I love mine, after searching for hours....I found one cheaper on drugstore.com.  :D




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    « Reply #21 on: April 04, 2009, 03:22:44 am »
    Mike, I'm not really commenting on your comment, but on your avatar. As a fellow PARROTHEAD, I just had to say hi!!


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    Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
    « Reply #22 on: April 04, 2009, 03:44:50 pm »


    Thinking Vegas in October (which would be my 10th time to see him over the years...), ever been to a concert?

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    « Reply #23 on: April 04, 2009, 04:21:38 pm »
    Thinking Vegas in October (which would be my 10th time to see him over the years...), ever been to a concert?

    Yep - 17 times. I grew up in S. La. and lived in the area outside of New Orleans for the fist 49 years of my life. Plenty of opportunities to see him in the Gulf South, including a very memorable concert at the Worlds Fair in N.O. in 1984. I've been to a great many concerts over my lifetime and no one does live better than Jimmy. :)

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    « Reply #24 on: April 04, 2009, 05:34:16 pm »
    Yep - 17 times. I grew up in S. La. and lived in the area outside of New Orleans for the fist 49 years of my life. Plenty of opportunities to see him in the Gulf South, including a very memorable concert at the Worlds Fair in N.O. in 1984. I've been to a great many concerts over my lifetime and no one does live better than Jimmy. :)

    OOOOHhhh, I am sooo jealous. I have never seen him in the south or east coast. I have seen him lots of times in the midwest, Chicago, Indy, Cincy, Wisconsin, and once in Vegas. Would love to "run into" him on one of his island concerts...

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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #25 on: May 26, 2009, 04:21:53 pm »
      That sucks about the cleaning, one more thing to dry clean, spot treating is not fun
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      « Reply #26 on: May 27, 2009, 12:19:55 am »
      I bought one based on this review and I love it! Thanks for posting about it!

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      « Reply #27 on: May 28, 2009, 04:23:09 pm »
      Thanks for the review! I'd never heard of the Peeramid before!
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      « Reply #28 on: May 29, 2009, 04:35:44 pm »
      Based on this review I purchased a peeramid bookrest,it arrived Wednesday and I love it :)

      I bought the solid blue color

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      « Reply #29 on: June 17, 2009, 02:47:11 pm »
      Thanks for the thorough review and the added pics. It was very helpful since I was considering buying one for my daughter. I already bought a book buddy for myself, hasn't arrived yet though.

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      « Reply #30 on: June 17, 2009, 05:55:59 pm »
      Thanks for the thorough review and the added pics. It was very helpful since I was considering buying one for my daughter. I already bought a book buddy for myself, hasn't arrived yet though.

      What is the book buddy?

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      « Reply #31 on: June 17, 2009, 06:08:09 pm »
      http://www.readingcomfort.com/Book_Buddy_s/3.htm

      They do have them on Amazon but Amazon doesn't have the widest selection.

      The Book Buddy holds both hardcover and softcover books in place with adjustable ribbons for hands-free reading.  The special filling in the pillow makes any book feel practically weightless.

      Each Book Buddy comes with a sparkling clear acrylic desktop that slips into place and converts your reading pillow into a writing desk.  The durable desktop also serves as a handy platform for your laptop computer, keeping the warm surface off your legs and elevating the computer to a position that most people find perfect for both reading and typing.  Simply slide your laptop under the diagonal ribbons to safely secure it the most comfortable position.



      The vertical ribbons go over the cover of the book and the diagonal ones hold the pages. So you can read hands free.

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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #32 on: June 18, 2009, 07:42:41 pm »
      Thanks for the thorough review and the added pics. It was very helpful since I was considering buying one for my daughter. I already bought a book buddy for myself, hasn't arrived yet though.






      Let us know how you like the book buddy.

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      « Reply #33 on: June 18, 2009, 07:50:48 pm »
      What to get, what to get? I LOVE the designs of the Book Buddy, but love the functionality a bit better on the Peeramid Pillow.


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      « Reply #34 on: June 18, 2009, 08:14:38 pm »
      I don't think the bookbuddy is really ideal for reading with the K. I did try it with my K in the oberon cover and it didn't really hold it well. The Peeramid is probably better for K. Although there is a really cool plastic top that hooks to the bookbuddy that you could read on too. It's meant as a writing pad and for using with a laptop. I haven't drug my laptop out to try it yet, but I did attach the plastic top and it would be really nice for writing I think.

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      « Reply #35 on: June 18, 2009, 10:00:52 pm »
      How easy is it to turn pages when using a DTB in the Book Buddy?  I can see how it holds the book open so you can read hands free, but I wondered how it is to turn pages.
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      « Reply #36 on: June 19, 2009, 08:05:13 am »
      it's simple. You can choose how many of the pages you want held, all of them and then slip each one out as you read or just some of them and when you are done reading for now you can slip the ones red into the left and save your place.

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      « Reply #37 on: July 13, 2009, 11:10:00 am »
      Oooh! I want a Peeramid!!!  They are pretty pricey, though.  The only one at drugstore.com is burgundy (I want Kiwi to complement Kate Kindle's ensemble).  Anyone found them for less than $30 w/ low shipping cost?

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      I got one Christmas present done :)

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      « Reply #39 on: September 30, 2009, 07:37:00 am »
      Fantastic review!

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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #40 on: September 30, 2009, 02:58:12 pm »
      I have both book buddy and peeramid pillows.  I've just started using the peeramid for reading a hardcover DTB.  Although it's not a completely hands free experience, I don't have to hold the book and it's very comfortable for me.  When I use the book buddy, I use the peeramid behind it.

      I always use the peeramid for at-home kindle reading.
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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #41 on: April 07, 2010, 11:07:40 pm »
      I like my book buddy but I ended up ordering a peeramid pillow this week too. I'm planning on using it while using ipad in bed

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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #42 on: May 25, 2010, 08:09:39 pm »
      A few updates on my Peeramid review:

      The Peeramid was one of the first accessories I bought for my Kindle, and at first, I loved it so much that I ended up buying two--one for the bedroom, one for the living room.  I used them constantly in the first couple of months.  But gradually, over time, I stopped using them much at all, finding comfortable positions that didn't require the use of a prop.  And I didn't need them as much once I went with a much lighter cover than the Oberon I started out with.

      Then into our lives came the iPads, both for my husband and myself.

      Suddenly, the Peeramids came back into service in a big way.  They're at a perfect angle for viewing or surfing, and horizontally, an uncased iPad fits snugly into the groove between the peak and the border of the pillow.  And they're terrific at supporting the heavier iPad weight.  We find ourselves fighting over the single one available wherever we are, and inevitably someone ends up grabbing the second one from down the hall.  LOL

      They still are in fine shape, though they've been used and even ... horrors ... sat upon, and they've kept looking sharp with minimal spot treatment.  One nice advantage is that when not in use, we simply toss them on the couch or bed with the point of the Peeramid facing backwards, so you see the base of the pillow.  That way, it looks like any other toss pillow!

      They've been a good investment, all in all, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy them again.
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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #43 on: May 25, 2010, 09:48:00 pm »
      Funny you should bump this up tonight. Earlier this evening we decided that 2 weren't enough anymore. The BRATs have now taken over my spare one that I keep near my reading chair. I'm getting ready to order at least one more.

      Like me, the BRATs like using them to read in bed.

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      Re: Peeramid Pillow (book easel) Review by VictoriaP
      « Reply #44 on: July 03, 2010, 06:08:48 pm »
      I just received my leopard one from Amazon this week; it's #2 for me.
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