Controlling A Book:
Many of the pages of this website are devoted to picking things up. I enjoy reading but had a difficult time not only holding the book but also turning the pages. The book ended up on the floor so often I got discouraged and stopped reading for a while. That is a major reason I bought the Kindle and recently the iPad 2. If you enjoy reading you can buy a Kindle for anywhere between $79 - $149. The iPad 2, while more expensive at $499, has a lot more to offer than just reading. Amazon has just come out with the Kindle Fire $199 which gives you more options than just reading.
For a person with quadriplegia, limited range of motion or severe arthritis of the hands the problem of controlling and not dropping objects is a constant challenge. Weight, size and shape are just a few of the factors that enter into the equation. Picking up a dropped book presented a new challenge. After much thought I decided to try a metal strap tie which was left by the contractor who built our garage. They are normally used to make a stronger connection between pieces of wood and can be purchased at a small cost in any local lumber yard. I am sure you could use a piece of thin wood or a piece of rigid plastic. My wife tied one end of a piece of string to each end of the strap instead. The strap I finally used is called a Simpson Strong Tie and measures 1.25” wide and 12” long. To use the "tool" throw the metal strap on the floor. Drag it into the middle pages of the book until you reach the binding and then lift the book. I placed this"tool" on a couple other websites and people seemed very interested so I decided to put it on Handihelp.
By far, the easiest way, I believe, to help control a book is to use a loop of string. Open the book and place the loop in the middle of the pages. This not only makes handling the book easier but you can also use the loop to pick up the book with the rope and hook or other device.