To provide evenly-distributed illumination, Czech model painting enthusiast Matyáš Hošek DIY'ed one of the more innovative LED task lights we've ever seen:
A similar approach has been adopted by the (unaffiliated) Bowio Book Light, "designed and engineered by readers for readers":
The Bowio is held fast to the book by magnetic flaps on each end. And yes, it works on softcovers as well as hardcovers.
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Here the unnamed designer gives you a sub-two-minute rundown of his design and production process:
The Bowio has been an absolute crowdfunding smash, clocking over $1 million with combined Kickstarter and IndieGogo campaigns. The $49 light is expected to ship by November of this year.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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