The Gimble Book Holder and More…

I’ve been a bit remiss in talking about some book-related items of late, and one I wanted to touch upon was the Gimble Book Holder, which I purchased some time ago from GoneReading.

With Amazon and so many other vendors out there, you’re probably wondering why I purchased a book-related product from this organization.  I’ll leave you with the clincher for me: “Gone Reading International LLC, a philanthropic enterprise founded in 2011, markets a line of products for readers and book lovers under the GoneReading brand name. The company donates 100% of after-tax profits to provide new funding for libraries around the world.”

Yes, that was enough for me.  I am a strong believer in the power of reading and what it can do for not only those who wish to generate ideas and explore imaginative worlds, but also for those looking for an escape from their daily lives.  It not only can provide an escape and solace, but reading also can generate thinking among children — teaching them to explore and develop their own ideas and make them reality.  While the United States has an extensive library system — albeit an underfunded one — countries around the world do not.  Read about their first library project in Ethiopia.

Ok, but back to the Gimble.  I may not use it on a daily bases while reading a book, but I have used it to read while cooking and to hold my place open in a book while typing a quote into a review.  I find it so helpful when I’m typing up my reviews or striving to fit in some reading time while cooking at the stove.  I’ve also just found that they now have the Gimble Traveler Book Holder.

They have a number of Austen-related gifts for the Jane Austen-lover in your life, and as my audience must know by now, Anna at Diary of an Eccentric is just such a person.  I have my eye on some things at GoneReading just for her.

I even have a secret wish list for myself, that just may include this one; so what are you waiting for?

Oh, I’ve got an incentive for you.  If you order from GoneReading, you can use this coupon code serena25 upon checkout to get 25% off through the end of 2013.  Sounds like a good way to get some great deals on holiday gifts for the readers in your life, doesn’t it?  Some Facebook readers may have gotten the jump on this deal, but I wanted to open it up to all my readers.

Go ahead, get your holiday shopping started and support the building of libraries in places that desperately need them.

Perfect Gifts for Readers Supports a Cause & 25 Percent Off for You

Gone Reading recently contacted me and offered a coupon code for my readers who are looking for just the right gift for their reader friends and family.

The organization, which is based near Washington, D.C., seeks to spread the love of reading to countries across the globe where libraries are few or even non-existent.  Even in the United States, libraries are struggling to stay afloat as state budgets are reduced and some states find themselves running a deficit and in dire need of balancing, which means spending on libraries and other public services are reduced.    As part of their effort to spread the love of reading and literary discussion, Gone Reading offers a number of products for book lovers, and the group “donates 100% of our after-tax profits to provide new funding for libraries and reading-centered non-profits.”

For those interested in helping libraries in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia, Gone Reading has an excellent, pilot fundraising program in the works.  If you work with libraries or are a librarian, please feel to contact the group about the effort.

I’ve checked out the products they offer, and there are some great Jane Austen items available for my fellow Janeites, like Anna and those at Austen Blog and Austenprose.  There are games centered on reading, book journals, gorgeous bookplates, posters, and more.  They even sent me my own sample T-shirt:

I hope you’ll all take advantage of an exclusive coupon code for Gone Reading this month for 25% off any item in the Gone Reading store, except for book ends:


The code expires on April 21, so get your orders in, and feel free to spread the love to other readers you know.