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I'm thinking in particular of dictionaries or illuminated bibles being displayed on these stands, which are at least waist-high on a standing person, constructed of wood. Is there a particular word for this, other than "book stand"?

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    My search turned up "book stand" and "dictionary stand". Also, "book holder". – Kristina Lopez Mar 6 '14 at 20:45
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A lectern is a reading desk, with a slanted top, usually placed on a stand or affixed to some other form of support, on which documents or books are placed as support for reading aloud.

  • Yup, a lectern could be a book stand, although probably a little pricier since it is frequently adjustable for height and pitch of the top where the book or materials would be placed. They are frequently wired for light and/or sound, also. – Kristina Lopez Mar 6 '14 at 20:51
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It is just a display book stand. You might need a lectern or Shtender (for DavidM) if the main purpose was someone reading at the "stand".

Also if it is for a Bible and you want something grand then you may want an ambo or pulpit.

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"Book stand" is the natural choice.

A tall book stand such as you describe is a "freestanding book stand". Woodform, Inc. uses this term, and they seem to know what they're talking about! They also refer to a "dictionary stand".

Otherwise, a "podium" is

a stand with a slanted surface that holds a book, notes, etc., for someone who is reading, speaking, or teaching

Or, if you want get poetic, there is "pedestal" or "plinth".

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Various terms are used:

Book cradle of book exhibition cradle (source, source) are used for museum displays.

A tradename for a purportedly superior book cradle is the Benchmark Butterfly Bookmount. (source)

A search of book cradle shows that book stand (mentioned by nxx) is also used, apparently for less demanding displays.

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