# How to calculate the height of a bookstand at 20 degrees.

I have two pieces of wood.
One is the base of a bookstand that will sit on a desk.
The other piece will be hinged with the other at their front and will support the book.
It is 11 1/4 inches from the hinge to the back of the board.
How high should the back of the board be for a 20 degree angle?
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Alex Campbell
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Dr. Klahn

Rather than set a defined 20 degree angle, move the back of the board up until you find the reading angle to be comfortable.  Then measure the height.  You will probably find that 20 degrees is not a comfortable angle, and want something more like 45 or 50 degrees.
Alex Campbell

Thanks
Alex Campbell

Thanks for the suggestion on adjusting for reading, but in this case, I will be making notes in the book for revisions.
A steeper angle and I find it hard to write.
I have found 20 degrees to be the best angle for being able to write on a book.
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