Makes me think of the 17th Century multi-book reading machine: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pluriverse/2477960964
Also the Kardex and similar visible file systems that were well loved in the medical field:
@grantcuster re holding books open: look into book snakes. They're not super googleable, so here:
I've only ever used them with hardbacks, so ymmv.
@phooky ah cool! I had looked around before and ordered a Book Bone, which seems like a variation of the beanbag form.Will see how that goes and then maybe also try a 'weighted drapery sausage bead' as well.
@phooky @grantcuster The original Library Bureau catalog from 1890 has a few nice ideas for multi-book reading setups:
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