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What is it called? More importantly, where do I buy it? - for holding up books in a display

 
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My friend has something called a book easel which he uses to display books at events and shows so they don't get lost on the table.

I want to buy a bunch of things like this, but I want them made out of cardboard, preferably with some printing and a picture of my choosing.  I'll give them out to shops that buy more than X amount of books.

I want to make it as easy as possible for shops to display my book but most of the shops that want to carry my book are yarn shops - they generally have every surface covered with yarn and yarn tools, so when a book is placed on a table for display, it is instantly drowned in yarn and no one sees it.  

But for the life of me, I can't seem to get google to tell me where I can buy cardboard book easels or give me a better phrase to search for.  We have wire and plastic.  But not cardboard.  Can you help?
 
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I'm offering this link and hope it helps!
https://m.uline.com/h5/r/www.uline.com/BL_5609/Corrugated-Displays
Good luck with your distribution!
 
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I've been looking at those.  A possibility.  A bit bigger than what I'm seeking.

Talking with shop owners, what we really need is something that will support one or at most two books.  That is smaller than the books so it won't detract from the book.  That has useful information or something to entertain the customers if it is empty.  
 
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Raven?   Who are you and what did you do with R ?   tehe,  love seeing your name and it's a nice one :)

I used to own a picture framing store and found these small folding easels perfect for propping up all manner of things.   The clear base is 4" wide by 4.5" deep,  the white coated wire, adjustable  back support is just under 5" tall.   It bends forward to accommodate different thicknesses and heights to maintain balance.    I used to put small framed pictures on them, and here are a couple pics with two sized books.    I frequently made all kinds of display thingies with cardboard and foamboard but they just aren't sturdy enough to hold books without providing a bunch of bulky support.   You could stack your book inventory under it to give it height :)

I got mine from a framing supply wholesaler but Michaels also has them  

https://www.michaels.com/studio-decor-folding-easel-with-clear-base/M10288364.html?dwvar_M10288364_color=Clear&dwvar_M10288364_size=4%20in#q=plastic+easel&start=4
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I miss r.  It feels naked having my name out there for everyone to see.  Very exposed.  

One of the reasons I want cardboard is because I want it to be recyclable and/or compostable at the end of use.  Then again, there's something to be said for durability.  I don't know.  
 
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You also mentioned being able to print stuff on a cardboard easel.   Could you attach a book cover, or a copy of the cover - to cardboard front and back to create a facsimile of the book,  and tape or wire it permanently to the back of this type easel when the display book is gone?

I'm with you on not wanting to buy more plastic stuff - that's one reason why I'm not in the business of making frivolous luxury items anymore - my values became clear after 8 years of terrible materials waste.  If you want to try one of these wire & plastic easels I'll RECYCLE it to you!   I have a few in a drawer I saved in case I ever do flea markets or craft sales.  But that's looking less likely all the time so if you want it just PM your address to me.

Meanwhile,  is this what you're describing?   8 bucks!  You could make one yourself just copying this design, and I would add weight in the bottom, maybe a piece of masonite
https://www.bookdisplays.com/stock/counterdisplay.aspx

 
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Here is a company that has cardboard Tabletop Display Easels:

https://olpfinishers.com/category/cardboard-easels?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjI301pLF3QIVFcpkCh3jdQ8fEAAYAyAAEgLmV_D_BwE



https://olpfinishers.com/product/cardboard-easel-double-wing-standee



https://olpfinishers.com/product/cardboard-easel-double-wing-kraft


This company has some simple metal ones:

https://www.displays2go.com/C-22375/Tabletop-Display-Easels-Acrylic-Wire-Metal-Wood-Finishes

 
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One more idea because I'm hardcore DIY and love brainstorming,   and then I have to get outside and plant kale!!!  I just googled "how to make a cardboard easel" and there's a huge variety of styles and instructables out there.  Here's one that is so simple it's funny.    To expand on this idea I would make a solid triangle for the easel so that one side could be glued to the bottom of a shallow box to form the lip in the front to hold the base of the book(s).   Zero cost except tape or glue and recycling Amazon boxes - a double winner!  

https://www.artbarblog.com/diy-cardboard-easel/
 
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I have a simple, folding metal stand, with rubber tips on the ends, that I use to hold my cookbooks on the counter. I was looking for something like it on Amazon and I found these:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN/B00NEDHM2E/rs12-20 (affiliate link).



Not sure if the Canadian Amazon has them. In US $ they are only $14.99 for a set of 12!

While cardboard could be recycled more easily, I'd think that these would be so handy that they would likely get used again and again. Especially at a bookstore!




 
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I want to go with cardboard for devious reasons.

If a shop wants stands for any old book, they can go and buy the stand themselves.  If I'm providing a free stand, then I want to put some branding on it to help sell my book.  

Since my branding is eco-friendly, then I really want an easily recyclable stand.

But I don't know if this is a real thing.  I wish it was.
 
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raven ranson wrote:I want to go with cardboard for devious reasons.

If a shop wants stands for any old book, they can go and buy the stand themselves.  If I'm providing a free stand, then I want to put some branding on it to help sell my book.  

Since my branding is eco-friendly, then I really want an easily recyclable stand.

But I don't know if this is a real thing.  I wish it was.



Good on you, raven! Sorry if I derailed things a bit. Was doing a quickie, drive-by posting, I guess. Best of luck figuring it out!!

 
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I typed "cardboard book stand" and got some perhaps useful results.

Here's a pinterest page full of DIY book stands: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/369717450651209881/.

[rant] I hate pinterest because it forces me to sign in to see its results, and it feels like 75% of google results now go to stores selling things or to pinterest. Drives me NUTS. [/rant]

Having said that, here's some non-pinterest links to DIY cardboard bookstands:

A utilitatian one: http://www.panix.com/~dwolff/docs/table_items.html


A fancier one http://wesens-art.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-book-stand-made-of-cardboard.html



Another design burried somewhere in this page https://frameswall.co/how-to-make-photo-frame-stand-with-cardboard/



Couldn't find instructions for this one, but it looks pretty easy to figure out







 
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Brilliant! You could test that design out and then trace it on paper, design graphics in the computer so it will still advertise your book even when it's empty, and get it printed. Might have to glue the printout onto cardboard, or if you're lucky you could get it printed on cardboard. Include "Compostable and recyclable" in small print right on the design.
 
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