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  Book and copy holders that give you choices -- the key to ergonomic comfort 
How they work  

Height adjustability - Angle adjustability - Page stoppers - Line guides - Spring-loaded clip

Height adjustability

Height adjustability of your reading material is of utmost importance so that you can keep your neck straight, and not have to bend it to look down on the desk or work surface. Bending the neck for long periods of time often causes neck and shoulder pain.  (See Ergonomic Guidelines for more information on this.)

For the Standard Atlas (pictured below) and the Atlas-LC this is achieved by means of stainless steel dowels in the back side of the shelf, which can be placed in any of the parallel rows of holes in the upright part of the bookholder. This simple adjustment takes only seconds to make.

The height adjustability range of the Standard Atlas is more than 10 inches.

Very tall people or people with unique work station configurations may want a booster box (see Comparison of Models, near the bottom of the page). The standard booster box raises the range of adjustability by three inches; custom booster boxes can also be made. Because there is rarely a need for booster boxes, we make them to order.  For purchasing information, call (800) GET ATLAS (800 438-2852).

For the Atlas Ultra height adjustability is achieved by means of a tab on the back side of the shelf, which is inserted into any slot in the upright part of the bookholder -- again, it is simple and fast. The picture below shows both height and angle adjustability of the Atlas Ultra.

Angle adjustability

Atlas Book & Copy Holders offer angle adjustability, again, so that your neck can be in a comfortable position while you read.
The Standard Atlas and the Atlas-LC offer ten different angles of adjustability over a wide range, as shown above. The support block is anchored in the base with two metal dowels, which fit in holes in the base. To adjust the angle, simply pull the support block straight up, and replace it in a different set of holes.

The Atlas Ultra  has two angles of adjustability:  15 degrees and 30 degrees from the vertical.  The angle is controlled by which slot you insert the tab of the upright part of the bookholder into when you assemble it (see photo of four Ultras above and the Atlas Ultra page).

Page stoppers

Page stoppers are small stainless steel rods or dowels which restrain unruly pages.  They can be inserted in any of the holes in the shelf, giving you flexibility in placement. Both long and short page stoppers are standard with all Atlas document holders.

The photo of the Sunflower Ultra shelf, top right, shows the pattern of page stopper holes that all Atlas shelves have. 

This illustration shows a page stopper restraining the left hand pages of a book.  It is not necessary to remove the page stoppers in order to turn pages.

Page stoppers inserted on the short ends of the support shelf can prevent large books or documents from flopping backward. The left side of the book in this photo is being brought forward by a page stopper placed behind it.

A page stopper with a rubber band for a collar is provided with the Standard Atlas, to be used in conjunction with the spring-loaded clip.  Although it is difficult to see the page stopper or the clip in the photo at the left, it is being used to keep the pages of this stapled document flipped over after they are read.  The collar prevents the page stopper from slipping through the holes on the back. (See also the description of the spring-loaded clip, between the bottom photos on this page).

Line guides
Line guides are simple counter-weighted devices which keep your place on your document. Because the long end (for marking rows) weighs the same as the short end (for marking columns, as in a dictionary), when you hang the thread over the top of your book or document, the ends stay in place.

Line guides are invaluable for editing tasks -- or for wherever you'd use your finger to mark a place on the document. 

In the top photo on the right, a planner book is placed high on the Atlas; the short end of the line guide is being used to move down the list of tasks as they are accomplished.

In this photo, the long end of the line guide marks a row in a table.

If you work extensively with rows or numbers, you can use a blank sheet or paper or a ruler upright on the shelf, behind the long end of the line guide, for left-right orientation.

Line guides may be purchased for any Atlas model (cost is $6 -- no additional shipping charge). 

Spring-loaded clip

The spring-loaded clip is useful for holding loose papers against the back (upright) part of the Atlas. It can be used only for the Standard Atlas, the Slim Atlas, and the Atlas-LC. It can be purchased separately for $7 (no additional shipping charge).

The spring-loaded clip will hold a document over 2.5 inches thick to the back of the Atlas. The clip consists of a lucite disc which attaches to the face of the Atlas, held in place by a nut on a 4-inch stainless steel rod. The rod extends through the back of the Atlas, where it goes through a spring and then to another nut.

The clip can be mounted anywhere there is a hole on the Atlas -- and the back has about 30 of them! Different placements have different uses. The arrangement in the photo enlargement at the right is ideal for entering data from documents, and using the left hand to remove them as they are used.

The enlargement makes several additional aspects of the clip visible. Ergonomics is about choices -- and you can choose to mount the clip on-center or off-center (as shown) depending on the documents you are using and the task. You can also choose the side of the disk with the bumps for friction, or the smooth side if you want less grabbing power. An "easy-pull loop" is available for people who have limited hand strength.

In the photo at the left, a stapled document is being held by the spring-loaded clip (which is covered by the turned page). The collared page stopper (in enlargement at right) keeps the turned pages flipped.

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