book cradle

What is book cradle?

book cradle meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:
A low stand or rack, usually made of wood, metal, or plastic, designed to display a book open at an angle, rather than flat, to minimize strain on the spine when the volume is exhibited, mounted, studied, microfilmed, or scanned (see this soft-surfaced example). Transparent models allow the exterior of the binding to be viewed (see this example). Click here to see a mechanical example designed for use in the British Library‘s digitization of the Gutenberg Bible. See also: preservation book cradle.  


reference: ABC-CLIO